Our History

The Hampton Roads Service League was founded in 1949 by thirty-six insightful and forward-thinking women. The organization was officially accepted as a Junior League by AJLI in 1956.  Since that time we have been known as the Junior League of Hampton Roads!

Take a look at our history and the accomplishments we are so proud of!


Sine 1956, the Junior League of Hampton Roads, formerly the Hampton Roads Service League, has been serving the Virginia Peninsula.  Our history is as unique as the members that have comprised the League.  Click on the links below to learn more about our impact on the community and key events that have occurred through the years!

The 1940’s: New Beginnings The 1950’s: Art, Children, and Schools
The 1960’s: Peninsula Junior Nature Museum The 1970’s: Front Page Follies
The 1980’s: The Virginia Living Museum The 1990’s: Family and Literacy
The 2000’s: Ladies of Excellence The 2010’s: Riverside Hospital and WISE
The 2020’s: