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Thursday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Friday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Friday, October 7, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Union Kempsville Museum
  • Location:  Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum5100 Cleveland St.Virginia Beach, VA 23462(Museum located inside the Renaissance Academy)
  • Description:  The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is reopening on Saturday, January 29! The museum will be open for FREE, self-guided tours on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. There is no need to register in advance for tours, but if you would like a guided tour, please call 757-385-5100, or email vbhistory@vbgov.com, to confirm guided tour availability. Princess Anne County Training School was the first high school for African Americans in Princess Anne County, now known as Virginia Beach. The school was a result of the African American community in the 1930s working together to raise money to build a school so their children could receive a proper education. The initial money raised was used to purchase four acres of land on Witchduck Road. The school board received the land, and $2000, but it made no attempt to build a school. As a result, in 1934, a temporary school was established on the property of Union Baptist Church. In 1938, a four-classroom high school was finally built and, between 1949 and 1962, several additions were made to the school. In 1962, the Princess Anne County Training School changed its name to Union Kempsville High School. After over 30 years of operation, Union Kempsville High School graduated its last class in 1969 due to the city-wide integration of schools. Today the legacy of the school continues with the establishment of the museum which shares stories of family, community, sacrifice, and the importance of education. The museum is located within Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Renaissance Academy.

Saturday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Sunday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every hour. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Thursday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Conversation with a Curator: Grace Sherwood: The History Behind the Legend (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Calendar:   Lynnhaven House
  • Location:  Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center4409 Wishart Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Virginia Beach History Museums (VBHM) are hosting a “Conversation with a Curator” on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center, 4409 Wishart Rd., featuring a lecture from a visiting history professor about the legend of Grace Sherwood, also known as “the Witch of Pungo.” People have shared stories about Sherwood ever since she was ducked in Lynnhaven Bay during her trial for witchcraft in 1706. Using colonial records, the lecture will dive into the history behind the stories, the life of Sherwood and her accusers, and why many thought she was a witch. VBHM will be joined by Scott Moore, a Virginia Beach native and associate professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, who is currently writing a book about her history and legend. This event is FREE and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required, but seating is limited. Please email vbhistory@vbgov.com or call 757-385-5100 if you have questions about this event. For the latest information about Virginia Beach History Museums events and tours, please visit museumsvb.org. If you have any questions about tours, please call 757-385-5100 or email vbhistory@vbgov.com. CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK EVENT

Friday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Friday, October 14, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Saturday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Union Kempsville Museum
  • Location:  Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum5100 Cleveland St.Virginia Beach, VA 23462(Museum located inside the Renaissance Academy)
  • Description:  The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is reopening on Saturday, January 29! The museum will be open for FREE, self-guided tours on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. There is no need to register in advance for tours, but if you would like a guided tour, please call 757-385-5100, or email vbhistory@vbgov.com, to confirm guided tour availability. Princess Anne County Training School was the first high school for African Americans in Princess Anne County, now known as Virginia Beach. The school was a result of the African American community in the 1930s working together to raise money to build a school so their children could receive a proper education. The initial money raised was used to purchase four acres of land on Witchduck Road. The school board received the land, and $2000, but it made no attempt to build a school. As a result, in 1934, a temporary school was established on the property of Union Baptist Church. In 1938, a four-classroom high school was finally built and, between 1949 and 1962, several additions were made to the school. In 1962, the Princess Anne County Training School changed its name to Union Kempsville High School. After over 30 years of operation, Union Kempsville High School graduated its last class in 1969 due to the city-wide integration of schools. Today the legacy of the school continues with the establishment of the museum which shares stories of family, community, sacrifice, and the importance of education. The museum is located within Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Renaissance Academy.

Sunday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every hour. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Thursday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Ghosts of Thoroughgood Past   View Event

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish RoadVirginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS The Virginia Beach History Museums invite you to take a paranormal tour of the historic Thoroughgood House by candlelight this October. Keep an eye out for ghostly happenings in the gardens and house as costumed professional storytellers guide you through the night. Campfires and cider will also be available at the Thoroughgood House to warm your spirits during these hauntingly fun fall nights! Tours are appropriate for all ages. Tours will run every 30 minutes from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20-23 and 27-30. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 10+, $7 for children under 10, and can be purchased online in advance or at the door. Tours are presented in partnership with the Zeiders American Dream Theater. Click here to purchase tickets for “Ghosts of Thoroughgood Past” tours. Ticket registration is through the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation ActiveNet system. If you do not already have an ActiveNet account, you will need to create your free account prior to purchasing tickets. For the latest information about Virginia Beach History Museums events and tours, please visit museumsvb.org. If you have any questions about tours, please call 757-385-5100 or email vbhistory@vbgov.com.

Friday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Friday, October 21, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis and run every 45 minutes. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.ABOUT THE THOROUGHGOOD HOUSE – CIRCA 1719 One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was likely built in 1719 by Argall Thorowgood II, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become the independent City of Virginia Beach. Argall Thorowgood died mid-construction and his wife Susannah completed the work. Their son John later added the elements for which the house is known: its extensive wainscoting and paneling, as well as its dramatic turned staircase. The home is furnished to reflect the period that John Thorowgood and his household occupied the site. You may begin your tour by visiting the newly constructed Thoroughgood House Education Center to learn about the history of Princess Anne County, the impact of the Thorowgood family, and the overarching story of how this area has grown. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English garden before stepping back in time as you enter the home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups, and homeschooling families.

Ghosts of Thoroughgood Past   View Event

  • Friday, October 21, 2022 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish RoadVirginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS The Virginia Beach History Museums invite you to take a paranormal tour of the historic Thoroughgood House by candlelight this October. Keep an eye out for ghostly happenings in the gardens and house as costumed professional storytellers guide you through the night. Campfires and cider will also be available at the Thoroughgood House to warm your spirits during these hauntingly fun fall nights! Tours are appropriate for all ages. Tours will run every 30 minutes from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20-23 and 27-30. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 10+, $7 for children under 10, and can be purchased online in advance or at the door. Tours are presented in partnership with the Zeiders American Dream Theater. Click here to purchase tickets for “Ghosts of Thoroughgood Past” tours. Ticket registration is through the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation ActiveNet system. If you do not already have an ActiveNet account, you will need to create your free account prior to purchasing tickets. For the latest information about Virginia Beach History Museums events and tours, please visit museumsvb.org. If you have any questions about tours, please call 757-385-5100 or email vbhistory@vbgov.com.