Virginia Beach History Museums

Virginia Beach History Museums The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House, and the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum.
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The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training

We offer tours, programs, events, and facility rentals. Official site of the Virginia Beach History Museums. The Virginia Beach History Museums is not responsible for the content posted and added by its fans. Inappropriate content and/or photos will be removed

The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training

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As we close out #NationalIceCreamMonth (we hope you enjoyed our History of Ice Cream tours last night 😀), let's look bac...
07/30/2021

As we close out #NationalIceCreamMonth (we hope you enjoyed our History of Ice Cream tours last night 😀), let's look back at what historically made ice cream in the summer possible: ice houses.

One of the first ice houses was built in the 7th century in China as well as one of the first versions of ice cream.

The first ice house patent was given to Sir William Berkley in 1637, which allowed him “to gather, make and take snow and ice and keep the same in such pits, caves and cool places as he should think fit.” This gave Berkley a monopoly over ice preservation and sale in Great Britain.

Ice houses were essential to American culture, as vegetables were often preserved on ice. Robert Morris, colonial merchant and Founding Father, constructed an icehouse himself to cool drinks and preserve food. Morris found that the larger the hole in the icehouse the longer the ice would keep. Usually this meant until after summer and into the fall.

Thomas Jefferson also constructed an ice house at the White House in 1801 after he was elected president. The following year, he constructed an ice house at his home, Monticello (pictured below). Jefferson was able to keep large amounts of ice cold until the fall with the use of a 16 foot deep hole. At this time, ice cream was still considered a rare and exotic treat. It was not until the first half of the 19th century that new ice cream machines and technological innovations made ice cream more accessible to all Americans.

Photo of Monticello Ice House from the Library of Congress

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As we close out #NationalIceCreamMonth (we hope you enjoyed our History of Ice Cream tours last night 😀), let's look back at what historically made ice cream in the summer possible: ice houses.

One of the first ice houses was built in the 7th century in China as well as one of the first versions of ice cream.

The first ice house patent was given to Sir William Berkley in 1637, which allowed him “to gather, make and take snow and ice and keep the same in such pits, caves and cool places as he should think fit.” This gave Berkley a monopoly over ice preservation and sale in Great Britain.

Ice houses were essential to American culture, as vegetables were often preserved on ice. Robert Morris, colonial merchant and Founding Father, constructed an icehouse himself to cool drinks and preserve food. Morris found that the larger the hole in the icehouse the longer the ice would keep. Usually this meant until after summer and into the fall.

Thomas Jefferson also constructed an ice house at the White House in 1801 after he was elected president. The following year, he constructed an ice house at his home, Monticello (pictured below). Jefferson was able to keep large amounts of ice cold until the fall with the use of a 16 foot deep hole. At this time, ice cream was still considered a rare and exotic treat. It was not until the first half of the 19th century that new ice cream machines and technological innovations made ice cream more accessible to all Americans.

Photo of Monticello Ice House from the Library of Congress

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#throwbackthursday to 2019’s Ice Cream Festival at Francis Land House! 🍦 Make sure to join us TONIGHT at the Thoroughgoo...
07/29/2021

#throwbackthursday to 2019’s Ice Cream Festival at Francis Land House! 🍦

Make sure to join us TONIGHT at the Thoroughgood House for FREE sweet treats and tours during “History of Ice Cream!” Guests will learn about the development of ice cream styles across different cultures and centuries, and have the choice of several frozen treats!

Tours run every 30 minutes from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Thoroughgood House. No advanced registration is required.

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#throwbackthursday to 2019’s Ice Cream Festival at Francis Land House! 🍦

Make sure to join us TONIGHT at the Thoroughgood House for FREE sweet treats and tours during “History of Ice Cream!” Guests will learn about the development of ice cream styles across different cultures and centuries, and have the choice of several frozen treats!

Tours run every 30 minutes from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Thoroughgood House. No advanced registration is required.

Details 🍦👉 https://fb.me/e/1zvjVjezp

Starting this weekend, the Thoroughgood House will be open for FREE Sunday tours and Family Sunday Funday activities! 😊🌸...
07/28/2021

Starting this weekend, the Thoroughgood House will be open for FREE Sunday tours and Family Sunday Funday activities! 😊🌸

Tours on Sundays will run every 45 minutes from 1pm-5pm, with the last tour starting at 4:15pm.

In addition, tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm will now run every 45 minutes instead of every hour. Tours on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-8:00pm will still run every 30 minutes.

All Thoroughgood House tours are FREE and open to the public. No advanced registration or tickets required. Visit www.museumsvb.org for the latest tour information.

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Starting this weekend, the Thoroughgood House will be open for FREE Sunday tours and Family Sunday Funday activities! 😊🌸

Tours on Sundays will run every 45 minutes from 1pm-5pm, with the last tour starting at 4:15pm.

In addition, tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm will now run every 45 minutes instead of every hour. Tours on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-8:00pm will still run every 30 minutes.

All Thoroughgood House tours are FREE and open to the public. No advanced registration or tickets required. Visit www.museumsvb.org for the latest tour information.

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#TBT to last Thursday, when we hosted our “First Peoples of Virginia” Thoroughgood House Focus Tours!Thanks to everyone ...
07/22/2021

#TBT to last Thursday, when we hosted our “First Peoples of Virginia” Thoroughgood House Focus Tours!

Thanks to everyone who came out to learn about our area’s Native history! We hope you enjoyed the tours and hands-on craft activities!

This evening, the “Enslaved Perspective” Focus Tours will run every 30 minutes from 5:30pm-8pm. These FREE tours will focus on the history of slavery, and will highlight enslaved individuals who lived and worked on the Thoroughgood House property in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit https://www.museumsvb.org/calendar/event/2355/ for more information.

All tours are FREE and open to the public. No advanced registration required.

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Turtle jokes? Shellarious! 🐢 Our historic homes are located in beautiful outdoor environments, and are surrounded by tre...
07/21/2021

Turtle jokes? Shellarious! 🐢

Our historic homes are located in beautiful outdoor environments, and are surrounded by trees, water and other vegetation. Naturally, the grounds of our historic homes are also home to several species of wildlife (like our turtley wonderful friend here outside the Lynnhaven House Education Center).

What kinds of wildlife have you seen during your visits to the Virginia Beach History Museums? 🤔

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Turtle jokes? Shellarious! 🐢

Our historic homes are located in beautiful outdoor environments, and are surrounded by trees, water and other vegetation. Naturally, the grounds of our historic homes are also home to several species of wildlife (like our turtley wonderful friend here outside the Lynnhaven House Education Center).

What kinds of wildlife have you seen during your visits to the Virginia Beach History Museums? 🤔

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If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us as we plan the future of our th...
07/20/2021
Virginia Beach History Museums Interpretive Plan Survey - PublicInput.com

If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us as we plan the future of our three historic homes! Your input will be used as part of the creation of an interpretive plan by History Associates, Inc. (HAI) to improve guest experiences at our sites.

The survey is open through August 1 at https://publicinput.com/H1003. ✍️

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History Associates Incorporated (HAI) and the City of Virginia Beach are working with stakeholders and the public to develop an interpretive plan of the Lynnhaven Thoroughgood and Francis Land Houses. This plan will serve as a guiding document to enhance the programming and visitor experiences at th...

#OTD 315 years ago, on July 10, 1706, Grace Sherwood was found guilty of practicing witchcraft, and tried by water in th...
07/10/2021

#OTD 315 years ago, on July 10, 1706, Grace Sherwood was found guilty of practicing witchcraft, and tried by water in the Lynnhaven River at what is now known as Witchduck Point. Sherwood survived, but was then imprisoned for seven years. Upon her release, she lived out her life on a farm, working the land until her death in 1740.

Sherwood was the only convicted witch ever tried by water in Virginia. In 2006, then Virginia Governor Tim Kaine officially pardoned Sherwood, and restored her good name. Today, a statue of Grace is located near Sentara Bayside Hospital.

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#OTD 315 years ago, on July 10, 1706, Grace Sherwood was found guilty of practicing witchcraft, and tried by water in the Lynnhaven River at what is now known as Witchduck Point. Sherwood survived, but was then imprisoned for seven years. Upon her release, she lived out her life on a farm, working the land until her death in 1740.

Sherwood was the only convicted witch ever tried by water in Virginia. In 2006, then Virginia Governor Tim Kaine officially pardoned Sherwood, and restored her good name. Today, a statue of Grace is located near Sentara Bayside Hospital.

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Candles were a necessity and the primary way to light a home before the use of oil lamps became more common in the 18th ...
07/08/2021

Candles were a necessity and the primary way to light a home before the use of oil lamps became more common in the 18th century. People during the colonial period used two different methods: the dipping method and the mold method.

Dipping was done by melting tallow, or other waxy material, into a pot of scalding hot water. Once melted, the tallow was skimmed and moved to another pot for dipping. Then two or three wicks, depending on the size of the pot and stick, were spaced apart and tied to a horizontal stick. The candlemaker then dipped the vertical wicks into the pot. This took about 25 dips before a candle about the size of a carrot was formed. The stick with the dipped wicks was then left out to dry and harden.

Mold candles were similarly made by instead of being dipped, the melted tallow was poured into a mold that could hold six or eight candles. Each mold also held a long wick in the middle which stayed in place by being tied to another thin stick. Once hardened after a few days to overnight, the candles were freed from the molds and ready to be used. Molds overall made less candles, but they were typically more uniform candles than the dipping method.

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Candles were a necessity and the primary way to light a home before the use of oil lamps became more common in the 18th century. People during the colonial period used two different methods: the dipping method and the mold method.

Dipping was done by melting tallow, or other waxy material, into a pot of scalding hot water. Once melted, the tallow was skimmed and moved to another pot for dipping. Then two or three wicks, depending on the size of the pot and stick, were spaced apart and tied to a horizontal stick. The candlemaker then dipped the vertical wicks into the pot. This took about 25 dips before a candle about the size of a carrot was formed. The stick with the dipped wicks was then left out to dry and harden.

Mold candles were similarly made by instead of being dipped, the melted tallow was poured into a mold that could hold six or eight candles. Each mold also held a long wick in the middle which stayed in place by being tied to another thin stick. Once hardened after a few days to overnight, the candles were freed from the molds and ready to be used. Molds overall made less candles, but they were typically more uniform candles than the dipping method.

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07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day 🇺🇸! On Thursday, we celebrated a bit early with some “fireworks” of our own.

During our American Revolution themed focus tour, reenactors portraying both American and British troops showed what it would’ve looked (and sounded 💥) like to use weaponry of the era. Guests also learned about Virginia Beach’s history and role in the conflict, and what it would’ve been like for those living on the Thoroughgood House property at the time. #vbhistorymuseums

The Thoroughgood House is now open for FREE tours! Join us to discover one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Vir...
07/02/2021
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The Thoroughgood House is now open for FREE tours! Join us to discover one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark! 🌸

Current Tour Hours

Thursday: 10am-4pm; 5:30pm-8pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

Tours from 10am-4pm run every hour. Tours from 5:30pm-8pm on Thursdays run every 30 minutes, and are focused on special historical topics. Visit https://www.museumsvb.org/admission for up to date tour information.

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TThe City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and the Union Kempsville Museum. They are part of the City’s Department of Aquarium and History Museums, which also operates the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

07/01/2021

#TBT earlier this year Miriam discussed our display of 18th century weaponry located in the Thoroughgood House education center. The musket balls on display were recovered in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, and were believed to have been a part of the Battle of Kemp’s Landing in 1775.

Learn more about our area’s Revolutionary War-era history at our FREE Thoroughgood House focus tours TONIGHT from 5:30pm-8pm! #vbhistorymuseums

We want your input as we plan the future of the Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House and Thoroughgood House! History Asso...
07/01/2021
Virginia Beach History Museums Interpretive Plan Survey - PublicInput.com

We want your input as we plan the future of the Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House and Thoroughgood House!

History Associates Incorporated (HAI) is working with the Virginia Beach History Museums to create a new interpretive plan to help improve visitor experience at the three historic homes. As part of the plan creation and public input process, HAI and the Virginia Beach History Museums seek feedback from the Virginia Beach community via an online public input survey.

Virginia Beach residents can access and complete the survey at https://publicinput.com/H1003. The survey will be open through Sunday, August 1. Please contact us at [email protected] or call 757-385-5100 if you have any questions.

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History Associates Incorporated (HAI) and the City of Virginia Beach are working with stakeholders and the public to develop an interpretive plan of the Lynnhaven Thoroughgood and Francis Land Houses. This plan will serve as a guiding document to enhance the programming and visitor experiences at th...

#FlashbackFriday to last weekend, when our staff set up a table at the Military Aviation Museum’s Warbird Weekend to spr...
06/25/2021

#FlashbackFriday to last weekend, when our staff set up a table at the Military Aviation Museum’s Warbird Weekend to spread the word about our new tour hours, rental opportunities and more!

The Thoroughgood House is open for FREE tours today from 10am-4pm, and on Saturday from 10am-4pm. Visit www.museumsvb.org for the latest tour and event information. 🌸🏛

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#FlashbackFriday to last weekend, when our staff set up a table at the Military Aviation Museum’s Warbird Weekend to spread the word about our new tour hours, rental opportunities and more!

The Thoroughgood House is open for FREE tours today from 10am-4pm, and on Saturday from 10am-4pm. Visit www.museumsvb.org for the latest tour and event information. 🌸🏛

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06/24/2021

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The Virginia Beach Department of Planning is hosting a virtual public meeting tomorrow, June 23, at 6:30pm to discuss th...
06/22/2021
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The Virginia Beach Department of Planning is hosting a virtual public meeting tomorrow, June 23, at 6:30pm to discuss the progress made on establishing design guidelines for the City's Historic and Cultural Districts. 🏛

You can register for this public meeting at the WebEx link here: https://bit.ly/3wL9T8W.

Virginia Beach Seeks Input at Virtual Public Meeting on the Design Guidelines for the Historic and Cultural Districts Thursday, June 17, 2021Property owners and community members are invited to attend the second virtual public meeting to discuss the progress made on establishing design guidelines fo...

This week is #PollinatorWeek, celebrating our buzzing friends and their vital role in keeping up our food system, agricu...
06/22/2021

This week is #PollinatorWeek, celebrating our buzzing friends and their vital role in keeping up our food system, agriculture and biodiversity 🐝.

Beekeeping is a centuries-old tradition in America, but did you know honey bees aren’t native to North America? Europeans imported them in the 17th century, and today, according to the US Geological Survey, honey bees increase our nation's crop values each year by more than 15 billion dollars.

Check out this article on how folks hundreds of years ago used to keep bees using bee skeps: http://www.colonialsense.com/How-To_Guides/Outdoors/Bee_Skep.php.

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This week is #PollinatorWeek, celebrating our buzzing friends and their vital role in keeping up our food system, agriculture and biodiversity 🐝.

Beekeeping is a centuries-old tradition in America, but did you know honey bees aren’t native to North America? Europeans imported them in the 17th century, and today, according to the US Geological Survey, honey bees increase our nation's crop values each year by more than 15 billion dollars.

Check out this article on how folks hundreds of years ago used to keep bees using bee skeps: http://www.colonialsense.com/How-To_Guides/Outdoors/Bee_Skep.php.

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Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 5:15pm

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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 through its Cultural Affairs Department, which provides stewardship of the City’s historic resources and programs to educate the community about local history. The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-4pm, and by appointment for group visits. The Francis Land House and Thoroughgood House are open Thursday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information or to book a tour, please call 385-5100. Currently, the Lynnhaven House is closed for restoration. We hope to reopen the Lynnhaven House in 2020.

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**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from many areas of the United States, Canada, and foreign countries. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
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The Revolutionary War Encampment was great! People really enjoyed themselves, and the reenactors were top notch!
Hulafroggers are looking forward to this fun event!! thanks for hosting some amazing historical events!!
Thank you guys for hosting such a beautiful Fall Festival it was very interesting..... we had a great time
I would like to request a brochure on the following historic sites of Virginia Beach, Virginia and they are Princess Anne County Training School/ Union Kempsville High School Museum, Thoroughgood House, Lynn Haven House and pacts? Union Kempsville House. My address is: 308 W. Elm St, Warren, Arkansas 71671. I hope to hear from you real soon! John Huerta 308 W. Elm St. Warren, Arkansas 71671
Thanks so much for having Shades Of Our Past last evening for your Grace Sherwood event! We had a great time bringing people from one of Virginia’s best known witch trials to life. The folks who turned out (in spite of the nasty weather!) were committed and played right along with us the whole evening. Lee Ann, Katherine, and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We were honored to portray these notable figures from Virginia Beach’s Past!