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3/19/2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (March 18, 2020) — While the Virginia Beach History Museums are temporarily closed as a precaution against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still take a virtual tour of two of our historic homes.

Join us for an online, 3D “walking tour” of the Francis Land House, and view the furnishings incorporated to interpret the period that Francis Land VI and his wives and daughters were in residence, circa 1805-1819.

After you’re done, head down the online road to one of Virginia Beach’s oldest surviving colonial homes (and a National Historic Landmark), the Thoroughgood House. Our virtual tour takes you through this over 300-year-old Landmark, as well as the beautiful English garden on the grounds. The tour of the Thoroughgood House is accompanied by information relating to each stop on your journey.

Start your tours of these historic homes, below:

Francis Land House Virtual Tour

Thoroughgood House Virtual Tour

We encourage you to share your virtual tour experience with us! Visit Virginia Beach History Museums on social media (@VBHistoryMuseums on Facebook and Instagram, and @VBHistMuseums on Twitter) and use the hashtag #VirtualHistoryVB to tell us your thoughts about the online tour and ask any questions about our historic homes.

3/17/2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Mar. 17, 2020) — Out of an abundance of concern for the health and safety of our community, the 29th Annual Spring Open House at the Francis Land House scheduled for April 4 has been canceled.

The accompanying Native Plant Sale by the South Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is also canceled. If you would like to receive updates from the Virginia Beach History Museums, please email vbhistory@vbgov.com, or email the South Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society at stasulisss@hotmail.com.

The City of Virginia Beach continues to monitor and adjust to changing conditions related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are national, state and local declarations of emergency in place and we are following the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to provide for the safety of our citizens and employees.

We will communicate any additional updates via the Virginia Beach History Museums Facebook Page and the City of Virginia Beach Emergency information page.

3/13/2020

As communities begin to feel the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to ensure you that the health and safety of our guests and staff are the top priorities for the Virginia Beach History Museums. In preparation, the Virginia Beach History Museums will make the following changes:

  • The Francis Land House is closed until further notice.
  • The Thoroughgood House will operate under normal conditions through Saturday, March 14, then close until further notice.
  • The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is closed when Virginia Beach City Public Schools are closed.
  • The Lynnhaven House is currently under restoration, and remains closed.

The free lecture “Witch Bottles: Countermagical Devices in Early America” will go on as scheduled at the Lynnhaven House Colonial Education Center tonight, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. As a precaution, Virginia Beach History Museums will provide hand sanitizing stations for guests in attendance.

The City of Virginia Beach continues to monitor conditions related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Governor Northam’s Declaration of Emergency. Staff is working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days. The decision to cancel, postpone or modify an event such as a sports tournament, concert, festival, graduation ceremony or business conference is complex, and there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

The City has well-established processes to prepare for and respond to a wide range of emergency situations and is evaluating the current needs and anticipating future issues to mitigate the spread of the virus. We encourage everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus as well as other illnesses: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer; avoid shaking hands; keep from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; stay home if you are sick; and avoid crowds where and when you can.

It is important to stress that just because something hasn't been modified, cancelled or postponed yet doesn't mean it won't be. This is an evolving situation; the health and safety of our residents and visitors is paramount. Updates will be shared as new information is available. We will communicate any updates via this website, the Virginia Beach History Museums Facebook Page and the City of Virginia Beach Emergency information page.

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