Virginia Beach History Museums Is Planning a Celebration for the 300th Anniversary of the Thoroughgood House, and Everyone Is Invited!

Monday, September 30, 2019

​On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Thoroughgood House will host "Descendants' Day" in honor of the 300th anniversary of its construction. The public is invited to attend the free event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thoroughgood House.

Descendants of anyone who lived on the property were invited to be special guests at the event. Along with the Thorowgoods, Chesapeake Indians, Europeans and Africans also resided at the Thoroughgood House property.

"We want to create a sense of community around the house as a place where many different cultures came together," said Anne Miller, coordinator of the city's history museums.

One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House sits along the shores of the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River where it was built circa 1719 by Argall Thorowgood, great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Adam Thorowgood helped establish Lower Norfolk County, which later became the independent city of Virginia Beach.

Events for Descendants' Day include house and exhibit tours, archaeology bins and craft activities, plus scheduled events:

10:30 a.m.  Virginia reel demo in pasture
11 a.m. Historian Matthew Laird: Adam and Sarah Thorowgood and Their Legacy
1 p.m. Cake for the house's 300th birthday
1:30 p.m. Virginia reel demo in pasture
2:30 p.m. Genealogist Donald Moore: Finding Your 17th-Century Ancestors

Because parking at the Thoroughgood House is very limited, guests are encouraged to park at Bayside Presbyterian Church, 1400 Ewell Road, and ride the free shuttle to the event. The shuttle will run continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are part of the City's Cultural Affairs Department. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities.

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