Lynnhaven House


The Lynnhaven House is a fine example of early Virginia vernacular architecture. It reflects the social and economic status of Francis Thelaball, a middling plantation owner who built it for his family. Architectural and design details including brick jack arches, a closed-spindle staircase with teardrop pendant, and ship’s lap floor construction reveal a builder concerned with quality as well as artistry.

Today the Lynnhaven House is furnished as a historic house museum to interpret the period Francis Thelaball and his family lived there, from 1725 to 1727. Guided tours discuss the roles of the household members – Francis, his wife Abigail, their five sons, an apprentice, and several enslaved people – as well as the Tidewater world of the early 18th century.


4409 Wishart Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
(757) 385-5100


Closed for restoration.

​During this time, the Colonial Education Center will be open for select programs and events. Please call (757) 385-5100 if you have any questions about this project.

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