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 School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs, 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. For more information or to book a tour, please call 385-5100. The Francis Land House and Thoroughgood House are open Thursday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. The Lynnhaven House is closed for restoration through 2019.

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Slots are still open for tomorrow’s Thoroughgood House tours! Reserve your FREE tour admission at https://www.museumsvb....
05/07/2021

Slots are still open for tomorrow’s Thoroughgood House tours! Reserve your FREE tour admission at https://www.museumsvb.org/admission.

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Slots are still open for tomorrow’s Thoroughgood House tours! Reserve your FREE tour admission at https://www.museumsvb.org/admission.

#vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

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05/06/2021

In addition to the ongoing restoration at the Lynnhaven House, we're also working on a large scale project to restore and preserve the historic Francis Land House. Check out this video from Virginia Beach City Government for a virtual walk through of the house and project highlights!

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05/05/2021

Have you reserved your FREE tour of the Thoroughgood House, yet? Tours run every 30 minutes on Saturdays from 10am-4pm.

Visit https://www.museumsvb.org/admission to learn more and reserve your tour time (you MUST reserve in advance- NO WALK INS). Tours are limited to 10 guests per tour time. Call 757-385-5100 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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A few years ago, we welcomed some visitors from a galaxy far, far away to the Francis Land House! 💫 #maythe4thbewithyou
05/04/2021

A few years ago, we welcomed some visitors from a galaxy far, far away to the Francis Land House! 💫

#maythe4thbewithyou

A few years ago, we welcomed some visitors from a galaxy far, far away to the Francis Land House! 💫

#maythe4thbewithyou

Welcome back, Museums enthusiasts! We’ve missed you! 👋FREE tours of the Thoroughgood House run on Saturdays from 10am-4p...
05/01/2021

Welcome back, Museums enthusiasts! We’ve missed you! 👋

FREE tours of the Thoroughgood House run on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Admission must be reserved in advance at https://www.museumsvb.org/admission. Please call 757-385-5100 or email [email protected] if you have any questions. Let’s make history!

#vbhistorymuseums #letsmakehistory
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Welcome back, Museums enthusiasts! We’ve missed you! 👋

FREE tours of the Thoroughgood House run on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Admission must be reserved in advance at https://www.museumsvb.org/admission. Please call 757-385-5100 or email [email protected] if you have any questions. Let’s make history!

#vbhistorymuseums #letsmakehistory
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The historic Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for FREE tours! Admission is FREE. Tours will run every 30 minutes from 10:0...
05/01/2021

The historic Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for FREE tours!

Admission is FREE. Tours will run every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. To book your reservation, visit the link below. You may also call 757-385-5100, to learn about available times.

Admission must be reserved online in advance of each tour, and, to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols, tours will be limited to 10 guests per 30-minute tour session. NO WALKS INS.

In addition to timed admission and small tours, the Virginia Beach History Museums have implemented the following COVID-19 safety measures:

-Face coverings are required for all guests and staff.
-COVID-19 safety signage is displayed on site.
-Reception desk has a plexiglass barrier to protect both guests and staff upon check in.
-Surfaces and high traffic areas will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Guests are asked to kindly not touch any items in the Thoroughgood House or Thoroughgood House exhibit.

We look forward to your visit! Let's make history!
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The historic Thoroughgood House is NOW OPEN for FREE tours!

Admission is FREE. Tours will run every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. To book your reservation, visit the link below. You may also call 757-385-5100, to learn about available times.

Admission must be reserved online in advance of each tour, and, to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols, tours will be limited to 10 guests per 30-minute tour session. NO WALKS INS.

In addition to timed admission and small tours, the Virginia Beach History Museums have implemented the following COVID-19 safety measures:

-Face coverings are required for all guests and staff.
-COVID-19 safety signage is displayed on site.
-Reception desk has a plexiglass barrier to protect both guests and staff upon check in.
-Surfaces and high traffic areas will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Guests are asked to kindly not touch any items in the Thoroughgood House or Thoroughgood House exhibit.

We look forward to your visit! Let's make history!
#vbhistorymuseums

04/30/2021
Lynnhaven House Historic Restoration

While we get ready to reopen the Thoroughgood House for tours tomorrow, check out this video showing the progress being made in the Lynnhaven House restoration! 🏠 #vbhistorymuseums

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#ThrowBackThursday to 2017, when the Thoroughgood House Education Center was under construction. The Center is home to d...
04/29/2021

#ThrowBackThursday to 2017, when the Thoroughgood House Education Center was under construction. The Center is home to dozens of artifacts and fun facts from the history of the Thoroughgood family to local Native American culture and even a witch bottle!

Check it all out for yourself when you come visit the site! The Thoroughgood House reopens for FREE tours on May 1. Visit museumsvb.org/admission for more information.

#vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

#ThrowBackThursday to 2017, when the Thoroughgood House Education Center was under construction. The Center is home to dozens of artifacts and fun facts from the history of the Thoroughgood family to local Native American culture and even a witch bottle!

Check it all out for yourself when you come visit the site! The Thoroughgood House reopens for FREE tours on May 1. Visit museumsvb.org/admission for more information.

#vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

Hey there, Museums enthusiasts! As you know, we’re only TWO days and a wake up away from reopening the Thoroughgood Hous...
04/29/2021

Hey there, Museums enthusiasts! As you know, we’re only TWO days and a wake up away from reopening the Thoroughgood House for tours (and we can’t wait to see you 😃), so make sure to subscribe to our email newsletter if you haven’t already!

Here is the subscription link:
https://vbgov.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8eca6252dc325328877a858e8&id=3482040b64

We’re planning on putting together some fun things for all to safely enjoy, so stay tuned! #vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

Hey there, Museums enthusiasts! As you know, we’re only TWO days and a wake up away from reopening the Thoroughgood House for tours (and we can’t wait to see you 😃), so make sure to subscribe to our email newsletter if you haven’t already!

Here is the subscription link:
https://vbgov.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8eca6252dc325328877a858e8&id=3482040b64

We’re planning on putting together some fun things for all to safely enjoy, so stay tuned! #vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

Based on early registration for FREE tours, it looks like you're just as excited for Reopening Day at the Thoroughgood H...
04/28/2021

Based on early registration for FREE tours, it looks like you're just as excited for Reopening Day at the Thoroughgood House as we are!

A reminder that each tour time is limited to 10 participants. As of this post, we still have limited slots remaining at the following times on May 1st:

10:30am (2 openings)
11:00am (2 openings)
Noon (9 openings)
12:30pm (All slots open)
1:00pm (6 openings)

Please visit museumsvb.org/admission to learn more about tours and available times. Admission must be reserved ahead of time. No walk-ins. Please call 757-385-5100 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

#vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

Virginia Beach City Government

Based on early registration for FREE tours, it looks like you're just as excited for Reopening Day at the Thoroughgood House as we are!

A reminder that each tour time is limited to 10 participants. As of this post, we still have limited slots remaining at the following times on May 1st:

10:30am (2 openings)
11:00am (2 openings)
Noon (9 openings)
12:30pm (All slots open)
1:00pm (6 openings)

Please visit museumsvb.org/admission to learn more about tours and available times. Admission must be reserved ahead of time. No walk-ins. Please call 757-385-5100 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

#vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

Virginia Beach City Government

Today is National Tell a Story Day! With four museums covering multiple centuries of history, there is no shortage of st...
04/27/2021

Today is National Tell a Story Day! With four museums covering multiple centuries of history, there is no shortage of stories for you to discover at the Virginia Beach History Museums. 📚

What are some of your favorite historical stories from your visits to the museums?

If you’re interested in more stories from one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in coastal Virginia, don’t forget that the Thoroughgood House reopens May 1! View available FREE tour times and request your FREE tour at museumsvb.org/admission.

#vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

Today is National Tell a Story Day! With four museums covering multiple centuries of history, there is no shortage of stories for you to discover at the Virginia Beach History Museums. 📚

What are some of your favorite historical stories from your visits to the museums?

If you’re interested in more stories from one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in coastal Virginia, don’t forget that the Thoroughgood House reopens May 1! View available FREE tour times and request your FREE tour at museumsvb.org/admission.

#vbhistorymuseums #LetsMakeHistory

04/26/2021

#OnDisplay at the Thoroughgood House Education Center are some 18th century artifacts believed to have been a major part of the Battle of Kemp’s Landing.

See them for yourself starting this May when the Thoroughgood House reopens for tours! Visit museumsvb.org/admission for more information. #LetsMakeHistory #vbhistorymuseums

Today is #EarthDay, which reminds us all to do our part in preserving and protecting our natural environment for generat...
04/22/2021

Today is #EarthDay, which reminds us all to do our part in preserving and protecting our natural environment for generations to come. Always bee 🐝 kind to our planet 🌷🌎!

Take this opportunity to visit the grounds, enjoy the gardens, wildlife, and architecture of our Historic Houses. If you feel up to it, you can even go the extra mile for the Earth and take a garbage bag and trash grabber or gloves to help us beautify and preserve our properties for all to enjoy!

#vbhistorymuseums

(Photo of Francis Land House garden)

Today is #EarthDay, which reminds us all to do our part in preserving and protecting our natural environment for generations to come. Always bee 🐝 kind to our planet 🌷🌎!

Take this opportunity to visit the grounds, enjoy the gardens, wildlife, and architecture of our Historic Houses. If you feel up to it, you can even go the extra mile for the Earth and take a garbage bag and trash grabber or gloves to help us beautify and preserve our properties for all to enjoy!

#vbhistorymuseums

(Photo of Francis Land House garden)

The Virginia African American Cultural Center and Visit Virginia Beach have partnered to create a self-guided tour of Vi...
04/22/2021

The Virginia African American Cultural Center and Visit Virginia Beach have partnered to create a self-guided tour of Virginia Beach’s African American history, including the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum!

Check out the complete guide for yourself here:

https://assets.simpleviewinc.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/virginiabeachva/African_American_History_Print_8510dacf-5edd-4b0d-9040-75646ca2b709.pdf

#vbhistorymuseums #AfricanAmericanHistory

VAACC partners with Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors
Bureau to publish the 1st Self-Guided Tour of AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY in Virginia Beach!

It started more than two years ago when the Virginia African American Cultural Center (VAACC), Founder and Chairman Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond approached the
Directors of the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) with the proposition of creating an African American brochure for our tourists and locals.

“This is a 1st for the City of Virginia Beach and an excellent step towards celebrating Virginia’s Beach’s historic landmarks which showcase African Americans craftmanship at 1st Landing State Park,
to historic Seatack community’s pioneering achievements,” said Ross-Hammond.

This community was registered in the Congressional record in 2013, as the oldest African American community in the United States. It is also the birthplace of world-renowned artist, writer and producer, Pharrell Williams.

“We are honored that Dr. Ross-Hammond invited us to be a part of this important project which elevates places and stories that are a significant piece of Virginia Beach’s history. We look forward to a continued partnership with Dr. Ross-Hammond, and the
Virginia African American Cultural Center,” CVB Intermin Director Nancy Helman said.

This beautifully designed brochure (the first part of which is displayed here) will be shared at Welcome Centers across the Commonwealth. I would like to express my appreciation to CVB, its directors and staff, as well as the late Sean Brickell for his commitment to this project.

Special thanks to Edna Hawkins Hendrix, author, local historian & member of VAACC’s Oral History subcommittee, Mark Reed, Director of the Historical Preservation Commission & our Board of Directors for their contributions.

We strive to inform and educate the public about African Americans' contributions in all areas of endeavor. #VAACCVB #VBCVB #AfricanAmericanHistory

Hellebores are a common early spring flower seen in the Tidewater area. This historically significant and beautiful flow...
04/20/2021

Hellebores are a common early spring flower seen in the Tidewater area. This historically significant and beautiful flower is one that many prize for adding visual impact to early spring. Read on for more information about his fascinating flower. Visit the grounds of the Historic Houses and see if you can locate some Hellebores.

Excerpt from Hellebores: Fact and Folklore
By Kristie Jacoby
“The hellebore has a long and interesting history, hinted at by its name derived from the Greek
name for H. orientalis, helleboros, meaning “to injure” and “food.” Most species are poisonous.
Early folk medicine recognized two types of hellebore: black hellebore (various species of
Helleborus) and white hellebore, which is Veratrum viride, a mistakenly-named and highly toxic
member of the Melanthiaceae family. The roots of Helleborus are strongly emetic, inducing
vomiting, and potentially fatal.

The root of H. niger contains glycosides, which can cause cardiac problems. The plant contains
a toxin common to all members of the buttercup family, protanemonin, produced when the plant
is wounded or crushed, causing side effects from skin irritation and blistering to poisoning if
ingested. It was used for its emetic property to rid the body of worms, with limited success and
frequently grave results. Gardeners today would be well advised to wear gloves when handling
these plants to avoid skin irritation, and to be aware of toxic effects.”

Source:
Excerpt from Hellebores: Fact and Folklore
By Kristie Jacoby

Blooms in late winter and early spring have made the hellebore a popular choice for ornamental planting in a four-season garden. Photo by Nancy Crowell / WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardener.

Hellebores are a common early spring flower seen in the Tidewater area. This historically significant and beautiful flower is one that many prize for adding visual impact to early spring. Read on for more information about his fascinating flower. Visit the grounds of the Historic Houses and see if you can locate some Hellebores.

Excerpt from Hellebores: Fact and Folklore
By Kristie Jacoby
“The hellebore has a long and interesting history, hinted at by its name derived from the Greek
name for H. orientalis, helleboros, meaning “to injure” and “food.” Most species are poisonous.
Early folk medicine recognized two types of hellebore: black hellebore (various species of
Helleborus) and white hellebore, which is Veratrum viride, a mistakenly-named and highly toxic
member of the Melanthiaceae family. The roots of Helleborus are strongly emetic, inducing
vomiting, and potentially fatal.

The root of H. niger contains glycosides, which can cause cardiac problems. The plant contains
a toxin common to all members of the buttercup family, protanemonin, produced when the plant
is wounded or crushed, causing side effects from skin irritation and blistering to poisoning if
ingested. It was used for its emetic property to rid the body of worms, with limited success and
frequently grave results. Gardeners today would be well advised to wear gloves when handling
these plants to avoid skin irritation, and to be aware of toxic effects.”

Source:
Excerpt from Hellebores: Fact and Folklore
By Kristie Jacoby

Blooms in late winter and early spring have made the hellebore a popular choice for ornamental planting in a four-season garden. Photo by Nancy Crowell / WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardener.

04/19/2021

Virginia Beach History Museums was kind enough to invite our Cape Henry Lighthouse site coordinator and restoration staff out for a sneak peak of the the fantastic preservation work they are doing on the Lynnhaven House. Preservation Virginia operated the Lynnhaven House as a museum for nearly 40 years before deeding the building to the city of Virginia Beach.

TOMORROW NIGHT!! Hampton Roads teens share the stories of local African American history through performance poetry! Vis...
04/16/2021
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TOMORROW NIGHT!! Hampton Roads teens share the stories of local African American history through performance poetry! Visit Teens With a Purpose on Facebook or YouTube tomorrow night at 6pm for the LIVE final performance and announcement of the 2021 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate! #vbhistorymuseums

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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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