One of southeastern Virginia's first permanent residents was Adam Thoroughgood,
a former indentured servant, who prospered in the colonies as a result of his
astute business sense.
In 1635, he petitioned for a grant of more than 5,300 acres
based on a 50-acre "headright" for each of the 105 men and women he transported from England.
For a peek into the lives of Virginia Beach’s earliest residents,
visitors may enter a number of historic homes located throughout
The Adam Thoroughgood House
(circa 1680) stands on land
that was part of the original land grant.
Other historic homes
still standing in Virginia Beach were constructed later in the
colonial period such as the Lynnhaven House
(1725) and the Francis Land House
All homes are open to the public for
tours and host special interpretative programs throughout the year.Locations:
Adam Thoroughgood House
1636 Parish Road, Virginia Beach
4405 Wishart Road, Virginia Beach
Francis Land House
3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach,
The Adam Thoroughgood 17th-century home is one of the oldest brick homes in the country.
Lynnhaven House exterior. In the heart of the modern city lies the 18th-century Lynnhaven House.