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Address: 4405 Wishart Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-5524
Phone Number: +1 757-385-5100
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The Lynnhaven House is a fine example of early Virginia vernacular...

The Lynnhaven House is a fine example of early Virginia vernacular architecture. It reflects the social and economic status of Francis Thelaball, a middling plantation owner who built it for his family. Architectural and design details including brick jack arches, a closed-spindle staircase with teardrop pendant, and ship's lap floor construction reveal a builder concerned with quality as well as artistry. Today the Lynnhaven House is furnished as a historic house museum to interpret the period Francis Thelaball and his family lived there, from 1725 to 1727. Guided tours discuss the roles of the household members--Francis, his wife Abigail, their five sons, an apprentice, and several enslaved people--as well as the Tidewater world of the early 18th century.

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Sunday Morning

We went there knowing the house was closed for renovations, bit at least we were able to walk the grounds. Nice walking area with some old tombstones.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 October 2016
Tom B
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We went there knowing the house was closed for renovations, bit at least we were able to walk the grounds. Nice walking area with some old tombstones.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

What would it be like to jerk the phone out of the wall, lock all electronics away and light candles for a relaxing read through Charles Dickens. A great view into life in Virginia in the past.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A place visited by locals on field and day trips. A nice piece of local history and well taken care of as well. Lovely for a fall trip.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Very nice place to visit if one is looking for small, historic homes. Similar in shape to the nearby Thoroughgood house but at this site both floors are included on the tour. Beautiful interior! No gardens however.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

We drove back on Thurs. Nice guided tour. Nice story of the original owners, way back in time. Well preserved.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Visited during their Spooktacular night when they held a fright night before Hallowe'en. Just had a ball. The costumed people made the event lots of fun! Our leader was quite good leading us past rats, pirates and cannibals; then there were lots of spiders and ghosts in the graveyard as in the house itself. Thank you for the fun!

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Pittsburgh PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

This is one of the three historic homes you can buy a ticket for all and tour. Very reasonable and worth doing all three. Tour guides are very good, they give an excellent tour and are able to answer questions. Great mini lesson in history and architectural design.It takes some effort to find since all of these homes are preserved... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

...a very nice historical introduction to the life and times of people who worked hard to maintain themselves and their quality of life. See this along with the Adam Thoroughgood House and Lynnhaven for a really great admission price. I paid $14.00 to see three historic homes with a senior discount. Keep your eyes peeled for signage as you won't... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

had to wait after the tour guide was about give the tour some one came in and had a personal conversation that could have waited until later. wasn't very happy. the upstairs is still blocked off. nothing was really said about the people that used to live there and only went over what the items were in the house.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

I had a personal tour (as I was the only one that was there at the time) so it was extra special. Very thorough and enthusiastic guide. Explained much more than the house - much about the area at the time (much I'd never heard in my history classes). It's worth the time to see if you love history and... More 

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