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Francis Land House

The Francis Land House is surrounded by an heirloom vegetable garden, herb garden, gentleman's garden and boardwalk history trail.

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Adam Thoroughgood House Restoration

The Adam Thoroughgood House has reopened following a restoration funded in part by a Save America's Treasures grant.

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Union Kempsville Museum

The Union Kempsville Museum tells the story of the school built by the African-American community in Virginia Beach for black students during segregation.

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Scout Programs at the Historic Houses

A Brownie troop learns about the Francis Land House and gardens on a patch tour.

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Colonial Education Center

The Colonial Education Center hosts school groups visiting the historic Lynnhaven House.

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Recent News

Widows Weeds and Hair Wreaths: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs

October 8th - How did people mourn the loss of a loved one in the mid-19th century? Bobette Nelson, executive director of the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Cons... Read Entire Article »

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Department of Museums

The Department of Museums provides a variety of educational opportunities for residents and visitors that help them to experience the unique marine environment of Virginia Beach and the plants and animals that may be found here, and to learn about the City's history as represented by three historic houses and the families associated with them. The department is also extensively involved in the conservation of the natural environment and the preservation of historic resources.

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Upcoming Events

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Colonial Education Center

Friday, October 31, 2014
12 pm - 5 pm
Location: Colonial Education Center

Saturday, November 01, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Location: Colonial Education Center

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