Programs are led by trained educators and are strongly aligned with the most up-to-date SOLs for Social Studies (2015) and Science (2010). At only $3.00 per student, programs provide great value. Students will experience unique, hands-on programming that brings history to life. All onsite programming includes a tour of the historic site and two educational stations. Programming lasts 90 minutes.
We can accommodate roughly three classes (75 people) at a time. We are happy to schedule visits over multiple days for larger school groups. Please plan to make reservations for school programs at least two weeks in advance.
(757) 385-5100 for reservations. For more information about educational programs please contact Sarah Linden-Brooks, our School Programs Coordinator, at
Francis Land House
Then and Now (Recommended grades K-3)
In this program, students step back in time and explore life 200 years ago. Your students will compare and contrast life long ago with life today. Tour the Francis Land House, explore history from a child's perspective, and experiment with the toys and tools of the past. Program incorporates science SOLs about change and motion as well as social studies SOLs about comparing and contrasting viewpoints.
Social Studies SOLs: K.1, K.2, K.3, 1.1, 1.7, 3.1, 3.8, 3.9 Science SOLs: K.10, K.11, 1.2
Plantation Life in Federal Virginia (Recommended grades 4-7)
This onsite program examines life in Virginia during the Federal period of 1780-1830. Tour the Francis Land House, examine life in Early America, and discuss the role of enslaved people on a plantation. This program incorporates science SOLs about natural resources and watersheds while highlighting social studies SOLs on the Articles of Confederation and technological advances in Federal Virginia.
Social Studies SOLs: VS.1, VS.6, USI.7, USI.8 Science SOLs: 4.9, 6.7, LS.11
Princess Anne County Training School And Union Kempsville High School Museum
Museum Tour (Recommended grades 5-12)
Explore a museum dedicated to the first high school for African Americans in Virginia Beach. Today, the legacy of the school continues as this museum shares stories of civic engagement, the importance of education, and expanding opportunities for minorities in the 20th century. Tour incorporates social studies SOLs on Jim Crow Virginia, the New Deal, and the Civil Rights Era.
Social Studies SOLs: VS.7a, VS.8a, VS.8b, USII.3b, USII.4c, USII.6d, USII.8d, USII.9d, VUS.6e, VUS.8d, VUS.10d, VUS.13b, VUS.13c
Currently closed for historic preservation work. Check back soon to discover field trip options at this site.
Coming Spring 2018: A brand new education center is being constructed at the Thoroughgood House!
We are excited to announce that when the site reopens this spring, we will be offering new educational programs. Check back soon to discover field trip options at this site.