Reopened in May 2011 after extensive restoration, the Adam Thoroughgood House has long been the subject of study and debate.
For many years it was believed the house was built by Adam Thorowgood himself. Today, architectural historians agree the house was built circa 1719 by Adam’s great-grandson, Argall.
Argall Thorowgood died in the midst of construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Argall and Susannah’s son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase.
Visit the Thoroughgood House to hear the great success story of Adam Thorowgood, one of Virginia’s first colonists. Learn about the house Argall and Susannah Thorowgood built and what makes it so extraordinary. See the special touches added by John Thorowgood and tour the passage and parlor, furnished as they might have been when John lived there. Finally, follow the house in pictures up to the present and find out what—and how—we are continuing to learn about this historic treasure.
The Adam Thoroughgood House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. In 2003 it was acquired by the City of Virginia Beach. It is a Save America’s Treasures site.
1636 Parish Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
Tours are given hourly on the half hour.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 4pm (last tour at 3:30pm)
Sunday: noon to 4pm (last tour at 3:30pm)
For more information about hours and admission, click here.