Nestled near the bank of the Lynnhaven River, this historic house is one of the oldest brick homes in America and it features ... More
Adam Thoroughgood House
Nestled near the bank of the Lynnhaven River, this historic house is one of the oldest brick homes in America and it features a spectacular collection of late 17th and early 18th century English furniture and beautiful gardens which offer visitors a view of the lifestyle of a wealthy Virginia colonist. Costumed historical interpreters conduct guided tours of the structure and the surrounding grounds.
The Adam Thoroughgood House is probably my personal "favorite" of ALL the Virginia Beach historic homes and museums that I've visited. Thought they are "currently" unsure of the time at which this home was built, I think it's relatively safe to say mid-late 1600's. The home is relatively almost all original, a few minor changes have occurred over the 300 years this home has stood, and endured, but nothing noticeably out of place. The home is simply a true masterpiece, all the bricks and most of the actual windows are "still" original from the 1600's. When you walk in there is a long passage way which separates (but also connects) the home into two parts, there is even a second floor with two spacious rooms. The kitchen is on the left side of the passage, and the parlor-room is on the right side of the passage. The home is a medieval styled cottage on the exterior, and an early Colonial English style within the interior of the home. The parlor room is probably the most ornate and beautiful of all the rooms, it is an inspiring display of craftsmanship and art of the time period. All of the furnishings and paintings within the home are original, and most date to the 1600's, some even from the 1500's. The home is inexpensive to tour, costing around $5.00 for adults, and $4.00 for seniors, and students and children around $3.00. Definitely well worth your money.
i live right down the street from the thoroughgood house and all around, it is beautiful. the tours are really informative, and they have special events going on all year round. everything is the original, and i cant wait to go back!
I really enjoyed visiting the Thoroughgood House. The grounds are very well kept, the house is in excellent condition for almost 300 years old. The furnishings are originals for the time period and very well made.
The period tour guide was very informative, knowledgable and patient. He made you "feel" the history of the home, of the times, the people and you could tell he enjoyed his job.
I also enjoyed the grounds, I love trees and this property had a HUGE Magnolia next to the house, and more large trees in front of the house. They were beautiful and well taken care of. I would definately come back and spend more time here. The tour fee is very minimal and well worth the historical knowledge you come away with.
the adam thoroughgood house is so much fun! I loved seeing the gardens in the front and in the back of the house, the inside of the house was totally adorable, and the guides were hillarious and so personablethey are dressed up like people from the 1600's, which really makes you like you have stepped inton the past. The last time i was there, it was for the midsummers night festivel, and it make the tour and the experience much more memorable.
i really loved the architecture and the tour guides were hilarious, i thought the house was very interesting, and the history behind it makes the house even more fascinating. Im amazed how old it is! (plus the gift shop had some pretty cool finds...)
overall, i enjoyed learning history a lot more than i thought i would.
everyone should go!
It is one of the oldest houses from early Colonial period. It is probably built by Adam Thoroughgood's grandsons. It provides insight into the of the kind of lifestyle lived by the gentry in late 1600. it is not as cool as i thought it would.
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