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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Jan. 10, 2020) — Thoroughgood House artifacts connected to British royalty are up for selection as part of the Virginia Association of Museums Top 10 Virginia Endangered Artifacts contest.

The pictured set of leather folk art jugs, in the shape of barmaids from 1700s England, is rumored to be a gift from Princess Anne, daughter of King George II, to an innkeeper who may have helped her heal after falling off her horse. The jugs were loaned by the National Trust to the Virginia Beach History Museums’ Thoroughgood House when it opened in 1957. In 2011 the National Trust converted the loan to a gift.

Public voting in the contest is open online from Jan. 13 through Jan. 22, 2020. The two items receiving the most votes will receive awards of $2,000 and $1,000 toward the artifacts’ conservation. Additional awards totaling $5,000 will be awarded by the panel to the remaining eight museums. The award winners and honored museums will be recognized during a legislative reception on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond, Virginia following Virginia Museums Advocacy Day at the General Assembly.


The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are part 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.

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