Thoroughgood House


One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was built in 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. 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.

The Thoroughgood House is reopening May 1, 2021! Scroll down for new hours.

Hours & Admissions

The Thoroughgood House reopens May 1, 2021. The new hours of operation for FREE tours will be:

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Additional days/hours are being planned for summer 2021 (to be announced)

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

Admission Rates:

Admission is FREE. Tours are every 30 minutes, and each tour can have no more than 10 guests. RESERVE ADMISSION HERE.

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

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

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