Following in the Footsteps of Virginia

Imagine, being able to follow in the footsteps of Virginia herself, visit all the places associated with her personal life …well in this post this is kinda what I’ve hoped to do .I’ve compiled a list and added photos of possible of all the places we know she spent her time – maybe one day I ll have the opportunity to visit them myself but until then heres a not yet definitive work in progress …..

Following in the footsteps of Virginia Andrews Norfolk, VirginiaBorn on the 6th June 1923, Virginia spent the first few months of her life in Norfolk, Virginia.

Rochester, New York25 Fairgate Street, Rochester, New York

By 1924 , The Andrews family resided in Rochester, New York close to her paternal family.

Norfolk , Virginia

However, by the time she was nine the family had returned to Virginia1729 Atlanta AvenueFamily home of the Andrews family close to her maternal grandparents

1923 Atlanta Avenue – Grandparents house in the 1930sGrandfather s Baptist churchFourth Baptist Church, 726 South Street, Portsmouth , VA 23704
The funeral service of Virginia s maternal grandfather took place at the South Street Baptist Church on 2nd June 1939

Woodrow Wilson Highschool1401 Elmhurst Ln, Portsmouth, VA 23701, According to reports , Virginia and her brothers attended Woodrow Wilson Highschool- however, there is no record of them in the year books although there are other family members.


After her father’s death in 1957, Virginia and her mother relocated to Missouri to live with her brother.Apache Junction , ArizonaThey later moved to Arizona to be with her other brother before returning to Virginia in the 1970s

Norfolk , Virginia5628 Micheal Lane , Portsmouth, Virginia

Virginia resided here in 1978 with her mother Lilian, she most likely penned Flowers in the Attic here as this is the address given in the pitch letter she sent to Anita Diamant….

Olive Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth , VirginiaVirginia s final resting place , the Andrews family plot

* Thanks to member Tina Bradshaw for kindly allowing me to use her personal pictures of Virginia’s former homes and grave