Lord Dunmore’s Revenge

Thursday, October 22, 2015

​On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the American Revolutionary War will come to life at the Thoroughgood House, located at 1636 Parish Road in the Thoroughgood neighbhorhood of Virginia Beach.

Revolutionary War reenactors from the 7th Virginia Regiment, HMS Otter, and His Majesty’s 14th Regiment of Foot will showcase the local impact of the American Revolution. The event includes American and British war encampments where visitors can interact with the soldiers, see what life was like in an encampment, and learn about the cooking and merchants that were common in these types of camps.

There will be staged storylines for guests to follow each day: 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday will focus on the British water landing by skiff and the initial raid on the Thoroughgood House for supplies; at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, guests will have the chance to see the militias on the property preparing for battle and a full skirmish between the British and the Americans.

This event is free and open to the public, and is being held in observance of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Kemp’s Landing. A reenactment of the Battle of Kemp’s Landing will be held in Kempsville with ceremonies at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Free and ample parking will be available at Thoroughgood Elementary School, 1444 Dunstan Lane. A complimentary shuttle will transport visitors to and from the Thoroughgood House between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Thoroughgood House will be open for free tours during both days of the event. This event is sponsored in part by the Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports City-owned and operated historic homes.

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.

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