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Thursday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, September 1, 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.

Thoroughgood House Focus Tours: Indigenous Pathways (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  Step back in time to before the Thorowgood family lived in Virginia Beach. Prior to English contact at Jamestown in 1607, the Woodland Indians thrived in what is now modern-day Virginia. Come out and learn about Virginia’s Indigenous Peoples, including their environment, customs and history. You can also handcraft your own pinch pot, which are traditional Native American clay pottery pieces. Tours are FREE and run every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Advanced registration is encouraged. Please call 757-385-5100, or email vbhistory@vbgov.com, if you have any questions. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Friday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Friday, September 2, 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, September 3, 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, September 3, 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, September 4, 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, September 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.

Thoroughgood House Focus Tours: Game Night (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House 1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  Explore the games that both adults and children historically enjoyed, beginning with Native Americans and going through the Colonial years in Virginia.We will discuss the love of gambling on everything from horses to cards, as well as the evolution of billiards.The tour will also highlight games that kept children entertained both indoors and outdoors. Guests will have a chance to try their hand at some of the more popular pastimes! Tours are FREE and run every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Advanced registration is encouraged. Please call 757-385-5100, or email vbhistory@vbgov.com, if you have any questions. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Friday Thoroughgood House Tours (FREE)   View Event

  • Friday, September 9, 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, September 10, 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, September 10, 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, September 11, 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, September 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.

Thoroughgood House Focus Tours: Art of Dyeing (FREE)   View Event

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd.Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description:  Take a look at the natural fibers used to make material in the past. We will explore the differences between the fabrics, and how the colonists used them. We will highlight the process and natural items used to create the colorful dyes of the past, and guests will be able to try paper dyeing themselves! Tours are FREE and run every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Advanced registration is encouraged. Please call 757-385-5100, or email vbhistory@vbgov.com, if you have any questions. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Virginia Beach History Museums Interpretive Plan Public Meeting   View Event

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Calendar:   Thoroughgood House
  • Location:  Sandler Center for the Performing Arts201 Market Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462
  • Description:  The public is invited to a presentation by History Associates Incorporated (HAI) on the new interpretive plan for the Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, and Thoroughgood House on Thursday, Sep. 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Miller Studio Theatre inside the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street. There is no requirement to RSVP in advance, but if you have any questions about the meeting, please email vbhistory@vbgov.com or call 757-385-5100. HAI worked with the Virginia Beach History Museums to develop a new interpretive plan for the three historic homes operated by the City of Virginia Beach. HAI engaged with Virginia Beach residents, historical experts, and stakeholders to gather feedback, including how guests currently interact with the historic homes, what can be done to enhance the guest experience and create meaningful educational and community programming for the future. For more information on the Virginia Beach History Museums, please visit www.museumsvb.org and follow Virginia Beach History Museums on social media.