CIRCA 1725

The Lynnhaven House is considered by some to be one of the most well-preserved examples of early Virginia vernacular architecture, surviving nearly 300 years of Tidewater history. The home was built by Francis Thelaball, a middling plantation owner and ship's carpenter, for his family.

Architectural and design details of The Lynnhaven House include brick jack arches, a closed-spindle staircase with teardrop pendant, and ship’s lap floor construction, all revealing a builder concerned with quality as well as artistry. It is furnished to interpret the period Francis and Abigail Thelaball lived in the home along with their five sons, an apprentice, and several enslaved people, and accurately illustrates the lifestyle of colonial Virginia.

Guided tours vividly describe the roles of the household members and what daily life was like for similar families at the time. Visitors will also learn about the Tidewater world of the early 18th century. Please call us if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our educational programs that are available to schools, scouts, and homeschooling groups.

Interested in learning about renting the historic Lynnhaven House, Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center and surrounding grounds and gardens for your next wedding, party or other private event? Email our Program and Events staff at, or call 757-385-5100, for more information.

Closed for restoration. ​During this time, the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center will be open for select programs and events. Please call (757) 385-5100 if you have any questions.