Thoroughgood House


One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House still sits along the shores of Western Branch Lynnhaven River where it was built, circa 1719 by Argall Thorowgood, 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 and influenced the rest of the nation. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped English gardens that surround the house before stepping back in time as you enter this charming home. Guided tours of the home itself give you a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of wealthy Virginia colonists who lived there and tell stories of its rich history. Educational programs are also available to schools, scout groups and homeschooling families.

Hours & Admissions

Hours: Thursday - Saturday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Guided tours run hourly beginning at 10:30 a.m. The last tour will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Rates: $8.00; Seniors: $7.00; Students: $5.00 (including college students with school ID). Children under age 6 are free. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more with 14 days’ advance notice. Call (757) 385-5100 for prices and reservations.


1636 Parish Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
(757) 385-5100(757) 385-5100

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