Lynnhaven House


The Lynnhaven House is considered by some to be one of the most well-preserved examples of early Virginia vernacular architecture, surviving nearly 300 years of Tidewater history. This National Historic Landmark was built by Francis Thelaball, a middling plantation owner, for his family, and still stands watch near the Lynnhaven River, for which it is named.

Architectural and design details of Lynnhaven House include brick jack arches, a closed-spindle staircase with teardrop pendant, and ship’s lap floor construction, all revealing a builder concerned with quality as well as artistry. It is furnished as an historic house museum to interpret the period Francis and Abigail Thelaball lived in the home along with their five sons, an apprentice, and several enslaved people, and wonderfully illustrates the lifestyle of middle-class colonial Virginia.

Guided tours vividly describe the roles of the household members and what daily life was like for similar families at the time. Visitors will also learn about the Tidewater world of the early 18th century. Please call us if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our educational programs that are available to schools, scouts and homeschooling groups.

Hours & Admissions

Hours: Closed for restoration. ​During this time, the Colonial Education Center will be open for select programs and events. Please call (757) 385-5100 if you have any questions about this project.


4409 Wishart Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
(757) 385-5100(757) 385-5100

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