Adam Thoroughgood House

1636 Parish Road, Virginia Beach

Thoroughood House


Adam Thoroughgood arrived in Virginia in 1621 as an indentured servant and in 1636 was granted a land parcel.  It was thought the house dates circa 1680 and was probably built by one of his grandsons, although recent archaeology suggests it may have been built as late as 1720 (Davis, Marc. "For one man, house's age is much more than just a number". Adam Thoroughgood House / Dispute. Virginian Pilot: July 5, 2007).  

The house is one of the oldest houses from early Colonial period and provides insight into the of the kind of  lifestyle lived by the gentry in Princess Anne County.  

Restored in 1957, today it is a museum and is open to the public.

The house is owned by the City of Virginia Beach, which acquired it in 2003.  

For more information on museum hours and programs call 757-385-5100 or visit

Department of Museums
3131 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 385-5100



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