Thoroughgood House

The Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for free tours! No advanced registration required. Tours available on a first come first served basis. Scroll to the bottom of the page for tour hours. 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


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 recently 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.

If you'd like a little bit of extra fun on your tour of the Thoroughgood House, make sure to ask our staff for a family-friendly, self-guided scavenger hunt of the grounds!

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the current Thoroughgood House tour schedule. Call 757-385-5100, or email, if you have any questions about upcoming tours and events.

Hours & Admissions

Current Hours:

Thursday: 10am-4pm (tours every 45 minutes)

Friday: 10am-4pm (tours every 45 minutes)

Saturday: 10am-4pm (tours every 45 minutes)

Sunday: 1pm-5pm (tours every 45 minutes)

*Special Hours Update*
Tours December 1-4 will run from 1pm-4pm. The house will also be CLOSED December 23-25 and January 1.

Email or call 757-385-5100 to inquire about available tour times.

Admission Rates:

Admission is FREE. Reservations are not required.
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

Call (757) 385-5100 or email for more information about tours.

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