(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) We are excited to announce that the Thoroughgood House Education Center will host a grand opening event on May 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the 1636 Parish Road site.
The grand opening ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18 and include the unveiling of a new highway historical marker for the Thoroughgood House. The program will conclude with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Education Center and light refreshments to follow. Special experiences at the event will include tours of the Thoroughgood House and the new Education Center Museum, demonstrations by Revolutionary War reenactors from the 7th Virginia Regiment and the Youth Regiment, hands-on educational opportunities, and more, and will take place until 4:00 p.m. on Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Shuttle service will run all day on Friday and Saturday from Bayside Presbyterian Church, located at 1400 Ewell Road, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Parking on-site is extremely limited, and visitors are encouraged to use the shuttle service. This newly constructed 2,700 square foot visitor center includes an exhibit area showcasing artifacts and exhibits discussing local history from the late 1500s through the American Revolution. The center also includes educational space for hosting groups, as well as a welcoming lobby. The project began with a request for proposals in late August 2015, and Everest Construction Management Group was awarded the contract in January 2016. From there, the historic house closed to the public in February 2016 and staff moved the collection to a secure off-site location for storage. Construction began in March 2016 and the Education Center is almost ready to officially welcome guests.
About the Virginia Beach History Museums:
The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums, which provides stewardship of the City’s historic resources and programs to educate the community about local history.# # #