Adam Thoroughgood House

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Thoroughgood House
Adam Thoroughgood House - South LR.jpg
South view of Thoroughgood House, Sep 2017
Adam Thoroughgood House is located in Virginia
Adam Thoroughgood House
Adam Thoroughgood House is located in the United States
Adam Thoroughgood House
Location1636 Parrish Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Coordinates36°53′36″N 76°6′47″W / 36.89333°N 76.11306°W / 36.89333; -76.11306Coordinates: 36°53′36″N 76°6′47″W / 36.89333°N 76.11306°W / 36.89333; -76.11306
Area4 acres (1.6 ha)
Builtca. 1719 (1719)
Architectural styleCentral-passage house
NRHP reference #66000921
VLR #134-0033
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[2]
Designated NHLOctober 9, 1960[3]
Designated VLRSeptember 9, 1969[1]

The Thoroughgood House is a brick house located at 1636 Parish Road, in the neighborhood of Thoroughgood, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. It was built ca. 1719.[4] It was formerly known as the Adam Thoroughgood House. It was not built by Adam. The building underwent major restorations in 1923 and in the 1950s and has served as a museum since opening to the public April 29, 1957. Much of the current structure was most likely the house of the great-grandson of Adam Thoroughgood. The City of Virginia Beach acquired the property in 2003. A 2004 grant application to the National Park Service resulted in a $150,000 award from the prestigious Save America's Treasures program. The City matched that amount as required.[5] This restoration took longer and cost more than expected, but the house reopened in May 2011.[6]

Adam Thoroughgood[edit]

Adam Thoroughgood (1604–1640), an indentured servant who arrived in Virginia in 1622, became a community leader, a member of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown, and was granted a headright of 5,350 acres (21.7 km2) in 1635. [citation needed]

Adam Thoroughgood was from King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, and the naming of many local features can be traced back to his childhood home, including the Lynnhaven River, the City of Norfolk, and Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk (the last two of which combined to become the new City of Chesapeake in 1963).

Historic designations[edit]

Thoroughgood House by Frances Benjamin Johnston

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, as a prime example of early colonial architecture in Virginia.[7] It was listed in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1966.[2]

Another nearby surviving early 18th-century house in Virginia Beach is the Adam Keeling House.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  3. ^ "Thoroughgood, Adam, House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  4. ^ "Thoroughgood House – Virginia Beach History Museums". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  5. ^ "Thoroughgood House Renovation Ongoing - But End In Sight". Thoroughgood Neighborhood. 2010. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  6. ^ "Adam Thoroughgood House". Department of Museums, City of Virginia Beach. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  7. ^ "NHL nomination for Adam Thoroughgood House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-03-13.

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