Mr. Peanut Given Historical Marker in Suffolk

A notable spokesperson was honored in his birthplace of Suffolk. The world famous Mr. Peanut was given a Virginia Historical Marker at Hall Place Park.

Mr. Peanut was “born” by Suffolk native Antonio Gentile in 1916. He was created in a contest for a company logo by the Planters Nut and Chocolate Company. Mr. Peanut himself was at the dedication ceremony along with the NUTmobile.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Mr. Peanut. He will be making appearances at family friendly events in the area throughout the month of October.

Suffolk will celebrating the peanut during their annual Peanut Festival, October 6 – 9. Get more information about the event here.


  • David W. Dudley

    and then there was the time when Aubrey Mitchell managed to borrow the Mr. Peanut costume and wore it during the big party weekend called Easters at UVa, whereupon the crowd hoisted him on their shoulders and marched Mr. Peanut through the streets of Charlottesville triumphantly…

  • Ron Hatfield Jr

    I am glad to see this come to fruition. Thank you sir !!