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Thoroughgood House
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South view of Thoroughgood House, Sep 2017
Adam Thoroughgood House is located in Virginia
Adam Thoroughgood House
Location in Virginia
Adam Thoroughgood House is located in the United States
Adam Thoroughgood House
Location in the United States
Location 1636 Parrish Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built ca. 1719 (1719)
Architectural style Central-passage house
NRHP reference No. 66000921
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966
Designated NHL October 9, 1960

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. 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. This restoration took longer and cost more than expected, but the house reopened in May 2011.

Adam Thoroughgood

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

Adam Thoroughgood House by Frances Benjamin Johnston
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. It was listed in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

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

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