Historic Property Name: Pembroke Manor House, 2002-2

Location: 520 Constitution Drive

GPIN Number: 14775814630000

Legal Property Owner: R&L Child Care, Inc., T/A Ivy League Academy

General Information:

  • Construction Date: 1764
  • Outbuildings: Yes, well
  • Acreage of Site: Approx. 1.5 acres
  • Architect or Builder: Jonathan Saunders (1723-1765)
  • Historical Use: 800 Acre Plantation (all of Pembroke area)
  • Present Use: Private Elementary School

Architectural Description: Pembroke Manor is a two-story, brick Georgian style home laid in the Flemish bond. It is capped with a wooden hipped roof. The front and rear facades are five bays wide, while the north and south facades are both two bays wide. The windows are nine over nine wooden double-hung sash. There are two interior brick chimneys. A renovation was completed in the 1890s, which added a bathroom, Victorian Tin to the attic walls, and glass transoms above all of the interior doors. Originally twelve fireplaces were used to heat the home. In 1999 the interior bookcases were re-done in solid mahogany modeled after the original pattern found in the building. The front doors were also redone in solid mahogany in 2000 and modeled after the originals.

History: The property was given to Jonathan Saunders by the King of England in 1694 after which four generations of Saunders lived there. This home was constructed in 1764 by his grandson. During the Revolutionary War the final generation of Saunders lived in the home. Captain John Saunders fought for England and for that was evicted from his home by Thomas Jefferson. The home was placed up for auction in 1781and bought by the Kellam family. Today the building houses Ivy League Academy, a private Christian elementary school. Pembroke Manor is listed on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a Virginia Beach Historic and Cultural District. ​​​