Friends of the Virginia Beach Historic Houses

Friends of the Virginia Beach Historic Houses The Friends provide support to enhance exhibits, programs and events for the historic houses owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach.

The Friends of the Virginia Beach Historic Houses, Inc. is a volunteer civic organization of over 100 citizens in our city that is formally certified as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Friends organization traces its origin to the combining of the three (3) independent Friends organizations for the Francis Land House, the Adam Thoroughgood House, and the

Lynnhaven House in March, 2011. Actually, many members of the current Friends organization trace their support to the predecessor organizations back in the mid-1980s with some members even having family relationships tracing back into the 19th Century. As a private, non-profit organization, members of the Friends are committed to preserving and showcasing Virginia Beach’s vital and critical heritage through our support of programs, exhibits, and events at these wonderful houses. It is with that commitment and sense of community spirit that the Friends of the Historic Houses works closely with city staff and with our fellow citizens on the Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation and the Historic Preservation Commission.

Expected to be an excellent program! The Viginia Beach History Museums always does a great job!Highly recommended!
06/13/2024

Expected to be an excellent program! The Viginia Beach History Museums always does a great job!

Highly recommended!

If you go by loot alone, Henry Avery was the most successful pirate of his time, but if you go by number of ships captured, then Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts beats him by a nautical mile. 🏴‍☠️

Black Bart captured some 400 ships in his three-year career, in which he ranged from Brazil to Newfoundland, and from the Caribbean to Africa. He particularly hated the islands of Barbados and Martinique, as their colonial governors had dared to send out armed ships to try and capture him.

Whenever he captured ships originating from either place, he was especially harsh with the captain and crews. He even made a special flag to make his point: a black flag with a white pirate (representing Roberts) standing on two skulls. Underneath were the white letters ABH and AMH. This stood for "A Barbadian's Head" and "A Martinico's Head."

Learn more about Pirates & Piracy at our FREE Thoroughgood House Focus Tours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, June 20. Sign up in advance at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.



Captain Bartholomew Roberts
Illus. in: The History and lives of all the most notorious pirates, and their crews. London, 1725. Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Expected to be an excellent program. The Virginia Beach History Museums always does a nice job. Highly recommended!
06/13/2024

Expected to be an excellent program. The Virginia Beach History Museums always does a nice job.

Highly recommended!

If you go by loot alone, Henry Avery was the most successful pirate of his time, but if you go by number of ships captured, then Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts beats him by a nautical mile. 🏴‍☠️

Black Bart captured some 400 ships in his three-year career, in which he ranged from Brazil to Newfoundland, and from the Caribbean to Africa. He particularly hated the islands of Barbados and Martinique, as their colonial governors had dared to send out armed ships to try and capture him.

Whenever he captured ships originating from either place, he was especially harsh with the captain and crews. He even made a special flag to make his point: a black flag with a white pirate (representing Roberts) standing on two skulls. Underneath were the white letters ABH and AMH. This stood for "A Barbadian's Head" and "A Martinico's Head."

Learn more about Pirates & Piracy at our FREE Thoroughgood House Focus Tours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, June 20. Sign up in advance at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.



Captain Bartholomew Roberts
Illus. in: The History and lives of all the most notorious pirates, and their crews. London, 1725. Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division

05/30/2024

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, the Virginia Beach History Museums will host two free “Conversation with a Curator” events in June at the Thoroughgood House, 1636 Parish Rd.

Conversations will be led by Mike Cecere, a local historian and former history teacher, who will discuss the history of the American Revolution in southeastern Virginia.

Both events are free, and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged, as seating is very limited. Register in advance at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

Conversation with a Curator: On the Way to Revolution
5:30 p.m. on June 6

Learn how Virginia and Princess Anne County played an important role in the American Revolution, and the events that shaped colonial Virginia, specifically in the years 1774-76, leading up to the war.

Conversation with a Curator: Virginia in the Revolution
5:30 p.m. on June 27

Cecere’s talk will discuss events in Virginia, starting with the arrival of Benedict Arnold as a British commander in Dec. 1780, and cover his actions up the James River and his occupation of Portsmouth. There will be several stories to tell about the occupation and action in Princess Anne County.

Please email [email protected] or call (757) 385-5100 if you have questions about this event.

05/30/2024

Free American Revolution-themed “Conversation with a Curator” events offered in June.

05/30/2024

Join us at the Thoroughgood House at 5:30 p.m. June 6 and 27 for our FREE "Conversation with a Curator" talks with Mike Cecere, highlighting our area's Revolutionary War history.

Sign up for free at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

Mr. Cecere is a retired history teacher who resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife, Susan. Originally from Maine, he taught high school and college level American History for 30 years in Fairfax County and Gloucester County, Virginia. An author of 25 books, and numerous articles, on the American Revolution and Revolutionary War, he continues to research and write in retirement.

His most recent book, titled “Witness to Victory,” was published in May 2024. It is co-authored with his daughter Jennifer, and is their third installment of historical fiction. It looks at the American Revolution in Williamsburg through the eyes of three friends who grow up in the capital.

When he is not writing, Mr. Cecere volunteers and works at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement, sometimes as a to***co farmer, other times as a soldier or a colonial dancer. He also participates in Revolutionary War reenactments throughout the east coast, and lectures at historic sites and historical societies.

Promises to be an excellent two-part event. Highly recommended! Be sure to sign up early
05/23/2024

Promises to be an excellent two-part event. Highly recommended! Be sure to sign up early

Free American Revolution-themed “Conversation with a Curator” events offered in June.

Another worthwhile endeavour of the Virginia Beach History Museums!!!Don't let anyone tell you that learning history is ...
05/16/2024

Another worthwhile endeavour of the Virginia Beach History Museums!!!

Don't let anyone tell you that learning history is not important!

Join us in wishing a happy National Teacher Appreciation Day to all the educators in our community who are making a difference every day in helping grow and develop our future generation of leaders. 📚

Virginia Beach History Museums (VBHM) educators have proudly partnered with 26 Virginia Beach schools and homeschool groups to provide historical education programming, in line with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

VBHM offers programs both in and out of the classroom, including outreach programs, field trips at the museums and traveling trunks for teachers to use in the classroom.

Visit vbmuseums.org to learn more.

With Virginia Beach History Museums – We just got recognized as one of their top fans! 🎉
05/16/2024

With Virginia Beach History Museums – We just got recognized as one of their top fans! 🎉

If you live in the Hampton Roads Region, look at attending this interesting and worthwhile event sponsored by the Virgin...
05/16/2024

If you live in the Hampton Roads Region, look at attending this interesting and worthwhile event sponsored by the Virginia Beach History Museums

Celebrate African American Music Month with a free, exclusive engagement, highlighting the deep and timeless legacy of African American music, 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive.

Symphonicity, under the masterful direction of Maestro Daniel W. Boothe, will take audiences on a journey through blues, jazz and classical compositions, weaving together the rich tapestry of African and African American musical heritage.

Highlighting this rare event is a special appearance by world-renowned composer and Virginia Beach resident, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, whose innovative work has captivated audiences worldwide with its tonal brilliance and societal relevance.

This year’s African American Music Month Celebration features a rare opportunity to bring together multiple musical genres for one symphonic event and will focus on the influence of the Black Diaspora in classical and symphonic music.

This event also features the delightful vocal stylings of Vinnie Knight, along with the incomparable blues master Bobby Blackhat.

Elisha “Cadillac” Harris and Clarence F. Nelson, Jr., from the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association, Inc., will serve as masters of the ceremony.

Attendees may bring blankets, chairs and tents (no tents with stakes allowed) to sit and enjoy the event. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and drink to enjoy a picnic with the show.

Event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged. Register in advance at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

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Really worthwhile to see how the Lynnhaven House restoration is coming along. Highly recommended!!!
05/10/2024

Really worthwhile to see how the Lynnhaven House restoration is coming along. Highly recommended!!!

Starting next Thursday, May 16, History Museums staff will offer FREE Lynnhaven House Preservation Tours at noon on the third Thursday of each month!

During these 30-minute guided tours, become part of our restoration journey and enjoy a unique opportunity to discover architectural secrets once hidden beneath the plaster, take a firsthand look at past and present preservation work, and learn more about our continuing efforts to protect and preserve Lynnhaven House for future generations.

Feel free to bring a lunch and stay and enjoy the beautiful Lynnhaven House grounds after your tour.

Please register in advance, as space is limited. Visit culture.virginiabeach.gov/events for free tickets.

https://www.facebook.com/VBHistoryMuseumsThe Friends are pleased to announce that the Lynnhaven House will be reopening ...
05/02/2024

https://www.facebook.com/VBHistoryMuseums

The Friends are pleased to announce that the Lynnhaven House will be reopening in May for free, monthly, architectural and preservation tours. These tours will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month, commencing on May 16th and will run approximately 30 minutes. The start time will be noon. Tickets will be limited for each tour. The only real requirement is to register beforehand.

Attached is a flyer that provides additional details on the preservation tour for the Lynnhaven House. The flyer also provides a link and QR code to be able to register. Otherwise, visit culture.virginiabeach.gov/events to get your free tour tickets.

Please feel free to forward this material to your friends, family, and social/business contacts.

Visit the historic Lynnhaven House and learn from Virginia Beach History Museums staff about the history and preservation methods of this unique, nearly 300-year-old vernacular-style house.

During these FREE, 30-minute guided tours of the Lynnhaven House, you will have an opportunity to become part of our City's restoration journey and enjoy a unique opportunity to discover architectural secrets once hidden beneath the plaster, take a firsthand look at past and present preservation work, and learn more about our City's continuing efforts to protect and preserve Lynnhaven House for future generations.

The Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs and the History Museums suggest that you feel free to bring a lunch and stay and enjoy the beautiful Lynnhaven House grounds after your tour.

Lynnhaven House Preservation Tours
4409 Wishart Rd., Virginia Beach, VA
Third Thursdays at noon, starting May 16

Once again, tickets must be reserved online in advance. Limited space available. You can also call 757-385-5100, or email [email protected], if you have any questions about registration or the tours.

A worthwhile, family-friendly community event to attend! Highly recommended!
04/10/2024

A worthwhile, family-friendly community event to attend! Highly recommended!

The countdown is on for the grand opening of Season 9 at The Kings Grant Farmers Market! ⏳ Join us on Thursday, May 2nd from 4-7pm at 873 Little Neck Rd in Virginia Beach, right outside King's Grant Baptist Church

Experience live music with Dan Pellegrino, explore a diverse array of vendors, and savor the flavors from food trucks like The Coop, Claytons, and Luvabowls.

We're delighted to announce the return of Cromwells Produce and the introduction of Twisted Willow Farm and Endureth Farms! From farm-fresh eggs and meats to artisanal breads, cheeses, and jams, there's something for everyone.

Plus, mark your calendars for our Annual Farmers Market Giving Back Week on Thursday, June 20th, where we'll be collecting non-perishables for the Judeo Christian Outreach Center. Let's come together and make a positive impact in our community! WE need to BEAT over 2,000 pounds of FOOD!

Please share and like our posts to help us spread the word!! See ya at the market!

Highly recommended! A great and worthwhile program to attend
04/04/2024

Highly recommended! A great and worthwhile program to attend

if you attended our Highland Spring SpecialTea at Thoroughgood House last year, you may remember Rebecca Suerdieck's lesson about the history of perfume making. ⚗️

Rebecca will be back at the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center for our Mothers Day CrafTea on Thursday, May 9 to lead an in-depth perfume-making workshop. Each participant will explore the different personalities of scent, and then bottle their own to take home. All ingredients are all-natural, organically grown and pharmaceutical grade.

Event is complete with a complete cream tea service. Seatings are at 3 and 6 p.m. Get tickets at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

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