The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are part of the City’s Cultural Affairs Department. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities.
Virginia Beach's rich heritage is represented in its variety of historic homes. Some of the oldest surviving brick houses in America are in Virginia, and two of those–the Thoroughgood House and the Lynnhaven House–are located in Virginia Beach. The Francis Land House is a larger, later example of plantation living in Princess Anne County. These houses offer visitors the opportunity to step back in time and discover stories of risk and opportunity, expanding definitions of equality, and the bonds of family and community.
Slavery and the efforts of people of African descent to fight injustice and adversity are part of our shared past. The best account of local African American history can be found in the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. The museum tells the story of the efforts, and ultimate success, of the African American community to build a high school for black children during the era of segregation.
Virginia Beach's history is surprisingly broad, and the Virginia Beach History Museums provide memorable experiences for those wishing to discover the true hidden treasures of the Atlantic coast.
Volunteers are essential to the City of Virginia Beach History Museums. They fill a variety of roles, from leading museum tours to tending the gardens, teaching school groups, researching the collection and participating in special events.
If you have a skill to offer, or simply are interested in the many volunteer opportunities available, please email VolunteerVBHM@vbgov.com. Your help is always welcome.
Virginia Beach History Museums regularly publishes an email newsletter with upcoming events, Museum news, event recaps and more! To subscribe, please visit our email sign-up website and select "Updates from Virginia Beach History Museums." If you would also like updates on the City's arts opportunities from the Cultural Affairs Department, we highly encourage you to sign up for those mailing lists while you're there.
For press inquiries and media availability, contact Alex Dye, Media and Communications Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-385-2410.
Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation
The Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation was formed in 2013 to enhance the City-owned historic houses and sites by providing funding for historic artifacts and education programs and promoting public awareness of Virginia Beach history.
The Virginia Beach Historic Houses are cultural assets that are valued and supported by the community. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees are committed to historic architecture, authentic collections, inspiring landscapes, and stimulating program experiences for all audiences, and to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and accreditation.
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Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation
Virginia Beach, VA 23466-1427
The Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Gifts made to the Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Board of Trustees
Thomas Hall, President
Steve McNaughton, Immediate Past President
Clarence Holland, Vice President
Nancy DeFord, Secretary
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