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Thursday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, April 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.

Friday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Friday, April 22, 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, April 23, 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, April 23, 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, April 24, 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.

"ImmortALL" Performance Poetry Finale (FREE EVENT)   View Event

  • Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Calendar:   Union Kempsville Museum
  • Location:  Zeiders American Dream Theater4509 Commerce St. Virginia Beach, VA 23462
  • Description:  After months of practice and creative growth, Hampton Roads teens will put their talents on display during the Teens With a Purpose (TWP) ImmortALL Poetry & Performance Season Finale, which will take place at the Zeiders American Dream Theater (4509 Commerce St., Virginia Beach, VA 23462) from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. This program, now in its second season, is the result of a partnership between the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, Virginia Beach History Museums (VBHM), Princess Anne Country Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association (PACTS/UKHS) and Teens With a Purpose (TWP), inviting Hampton Roads teens to learn about local African American history while learning the lively art of performance poetry. In ImmortALL, performance poetry and modern social change meet oral history and the civil rights movement in this unique program. Virginia Beach teens connected with alumni from PACTS/UKHS, as well as professional poets from TWP. In monthly sessions leading up to the finale, teens engaged with PACTS/UKHS alumni from the classes of 1943-1969, learned more about VBHM’s Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum and attended TWP performance poetry workshops. During the final performance, teens will display their re-interpretations of local oral history through the lens of their own experiences with current events. During the April 24 program, TWP will also announce the 2022 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate. TWP accepted submissions from young poets, rappers, leaders, and activists ages 14-19 from across Hampton Roads who were interested in representing the region as the Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate and are making a difference in their community. The Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate is part of the National Youth Poet Laureate Network. The program is free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Visit the TWP ImmortALL Finale page to register. All attendees must also adhere to the Zeiders American Dream Theater’s public health policies. The TWP ImmortALL Finale registration will also include free admission to the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 23 for a special engagement with alumni from the school, which was the first high school for African Americans in Virginia Beach. The museum is located inside of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Renaissance Academy (5100 Cleveland St., Virginia Beach, VA 23462). The ImmortALL Poetry & Performance Season Finale will also be livestreamed for free on the TWP YouTube and Facebook accounts, as well as the Virginia Beach Arts Facebook page, starting at 5 p.m. on April 24. TWP workshops are supported in part by funding from the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

Thursday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, April 28, 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, April 29, 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.

Arbor Day at the Thoroughgood House (FREE EVENT)   View Event

  • Friday, April 29, 2022 at 12:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  Looking for some Arbor Day fun for the whole family? The Virginia Beach History Museums have a full slate of free festivities for you at the Thoroughgood House, 1636 Parish Rd., from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29. Thoroughgood House visitors young and old can enjoy an all-day scavenger hunt, as well as participate in hands-on craft activities like making a pinwheel and paper tree. The Thoroughgood Master Gardeners will also be on site to answer questions and give information about the Thoroughgood House colonial garden. The Thoroughgood House is normally open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. However, due to this special event, the house will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on April 29. Thoroughgood House Arbor Day activities and tours are free and open to all ages. Advanced registration is not required, but if you have any questions, please contact Virginia Beach History Museums staff at vbhistory@vbgov.com or call 757-385-5100. For the latest information about Virginia Beach History Museums events and tours, please visit museumsvb.org and follow the Virginia Beach History Museums on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK EVENT

Saturday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Saturday, April 30, 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, April 30, 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.