(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) Witness one of the most infamous duels in history or enjoy a historic flavor of ice cream, all at the Virginia Beach History Museums’ summer events!
A Midsummer’s Day Fairy Party June 23, Seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lynnhaven House Join us for a Midsummer’s Day! Enjoy a tea party with light snacks, create a take home craft, participate in an interactive story time, and take a picture with a real fairy! This event is for children age 4 to 8. Tickets are $10 per participant and available by session time on our website.
Thoroughgood House Under the Stars June 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thoroughgood House Join us for a fun evening as the sun sets on the Thoroughgood House. This is a chance to visit the Thoroughgood House after-hours, learn about witches’ bottles and superstitions from the colonial period, play outdoor garden games from long ago, and enjoy s’mores around the campfire. Then, if you like, pitch a tent, sleep under the stars, and wake up to a sunrise snack before departing. Guests are responsible for providing their own camping equipment. This event is $8 for the 6 to 9 p.m. program and $20 per tent plot to camp overnight. Tickets are available on our website or can be purchased at the door.
Spies, Sabotage, Seduction, and Secret Pockets: Lady Spies of World War II July 5, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lynnhaven House Best-selling and award-winning author Ellen Butler highlights famous lady spies of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and those local to Washington, D.C. Women of the OSS were critical to Allied success during World War II, and audiences have been thrilled by their exploits in novels and on the screen, yet their very real accomplishments have been ignored for generations. Butler discusses their contributions, skills, training, weapons, and overall importance to the Allied cause. Following the presentation, Butler will be signing her best-selling historical fiction novel, The Brass Compass, which places one female spy in the spotlight. Books will be available for purchase on-site. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Free. Fun. Saturday. July 7, August 4, September 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Francis Land House The Francis Land House will be open with guided tours, old-school games and toys, and Ye Olde Selfie Station. Each month will feature a special activity. Free admission, donations welcome.
Dawn at Weehawken: Hamilton-Burr Duel July 7, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Francis Land House Relive one of the most infamous duels in history as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr square off. The contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Between duels, Hamilton and Burr will host meet and greets. Tickets are available online.
Second Saturday Storytime July 14, August 11, September 15; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Francis Land House Storytime takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It includes a short story and engaging activity for our learners age 3-5. Free to participate, suggested donation of $1.
Ice Cream Festival July 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Francis Land House Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with ice cream-themed games, ice cream relays, and an old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream machine. Admission to the event is free, and ice cream vendors will be on-site with sweet treats available for purchase. New this year, guests are invited to try the Founding Flavors, a program that highlights the origin of ice cream and includes tastings of historic flavors, all for $6.
Guests can call (757) 385-5100 or visit the History Museums website for more information about these events. The Francis Land House is located at 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., the Lynnhaven House is located at 4409 Wishart Rd., and the Thoroughgood House is located at 1636 Parish Rd., all in Virginia Beach.
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.# # #