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Thoroughgood House Focus Tours: Pirates and Piracy

Tours will highlight the history of Dutch, English, Spanish and French pirates, and their involvement with the Virginia Colony and early America. Includes scavenger hunt!

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Conversation with a Curator: Virginia in the Revolution

The talk will discuss events in Virginia, starting with the arrival of Benedict Arnold as a British commander in Dec. 1780, and cover his actions up the James River and his occupation of Portsmouth. There will be several stories to tell about the occupation and action in Princess Anne County. Free event.

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Thoroughgood House Focus Tours

Immerse yourself in ciphers and codes as you learn about some of the key figures and the various ways important information was passed by both sides during the Revolutionary War. Make your own coding device to keep your secrets safe.

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Virginia Beach History Museums

The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum and the Thoroughgood House. They are a division of the City’s Cultural Affairs Department.

As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities.

*Note: Photos and videos may be taken by Virginia Beach History Museums staff during programs and throughout Virginia Beach History Museums buildings and grounds. If you do not wish to have your picture taken, please avoid the camera or tell the photographer.

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PACTS Mens Basketball Team

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Black History Month: PACTS/UKHS Basketball Team

Check out this photo of the Union Kempsville High School men's basketball team. While you see this team, which played towards the end of Union Kempsville High School's (UKHS) existence,…

Drawing of Blackbeard Near a Tree

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

#TalkLikeAPirateDay- Blackbeard's Fate

Being a pirate wasn't always a plunderful life! Learn about Blackbeard's fate, and his connection to the Thoroughgood House.