See what’s happening at the History Museums for this season!
FREE. FUN. SATURDAY
Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Francis Land House
The Francis Land House will be open for tours and old games and toys for Free. Fun. Saturday., celebrating a different theme each month. In September, celebrate Classical Music Month by making your own instrument. In October, learn about the workings of a plantation harvest and assist in making cider. Free. Fun. Saturday will feature “out-of doors” games from the 19th century in November, and enjoy a tour of the historic Francis Land House in December. Admission is free, donations are welcomed!
SECOND SATURDAY STORYTIME
Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Francis Land House, Thoroughgood House
Join us for our Second Saturday Storytime. Storytime takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 11:30 AM-12:15 PM. Storytime will take place in the Francis Land House for the month of September and October, and will continue in the Thoroughgood House in November and December. It includes a short story and engaging activity for young learners, ages 3-5. It’s free to participate in Storytime Saturday! Suggested donation – $1. Does not include general admission to historic house.
Sept. 22; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Francis Land House; Thoroughgood House,
REMEMBER THE GH’OUL TIMES
Oct. 13; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Francis Land House
Remember the Gh’oul Times as we learn about witches and women of the past at the Francis Land House! Join us for a campfire, s’mores, and crafts, and see who roams the Francis Land House—after dark! $8 per participant; 4 and under, free. Program is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a possible second program from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A WOMAN ACCUSED: THE GRACE SHERWOOD STORY
Oct. 19; 6:30 p.m.
Get an inside look on one of the most infamous trials in colonial courthouse history from the perspective of a Justice on the Princess Anne County Court, the Queen’s Attorney, and Grace Sherwood herself. Learn from the men who prepared it, the woman who experienced it, and then vote on Grace’s guilt or innocence.
Performances at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Not recommended for young children. Tickets will be available beginning on September 14. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the show to allow time to check in and partake in our trail walk. Seating is limited. This is an outdoor event.
GIRL SCOUT SPOOKTACULAR: GHOULS’ NIGHT OUT
Oct. 20; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join us at the Thoroughgood House for our Girl Scout Spooktacular: Ghouls’ Night Out. Paint a beastie, eat a s’more, sing a campfire song, learn about women from the past, and explore a real witch bottle from long ago. Program runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. $8 per participant.
Nov. 3; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Francis Land House
Relive one of history’s most infamous duels at the Francis Land House! There will be one performance at 1:30 p.m. and another at 4:30 p.m. The performance includes Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr reliving the events leading up to their showdown, as well as the duel itself. May not be suitable for all audiences. This performance is outdoors under a tent. Seats are provided. Please dress for the weather. Tickets are $12.
1775 MEET UP
Nov. 10; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Step back in time to Princess Anne County, 1775, at the Thoroughgood House. Meet your neighbors–the citizen-soldiers facing the British army, the craftsmen who provide the goods you need, or the enslaved families contemplating the chance of freedom. Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations, short performances, and mini skirmishes by Revolutionary War reenactors. Event is free!
Guests can call (757) 385-5100 or visit the History Museums website for more information about these events. The Francis Land House is located at 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., the Lynnhaven House is located at 4409 Wishart Rd., and the Thoroughgood House is located at 1636 Parish Rd., all in Virginia Beach.