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Free Summer Fun with Virginia Beach History Museums

There are some FREE Summer Events coming up on Thursdays from Virginia Beach History Museums. All listed programs take place at Thoroughgood House: 1636 Parish Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Advanced registration is encouraged but walkups are welcome.

July 11, 2024, 5:30 – 7pm – Game Night!
Explore the games that both adults and children historically enjoyed, beginning with Native Americans and going through the Colonial years in Virginia. We will discuss the love of gambling on everything from horses to cards, as well as the evolution of billiards. The tour will also highlight games that kept children entertained both indoors and outdoors. Guests will have a chance to try their hand at some of the more popular pastimes!

July 18, 2024 from 5:30 – 7pm – I Scream! You Scream! We All Scream For…History? The History of Ice Cream
Come to the Thoroughgood House for an extra sweet history tour! In celebration of national ice cream month, tours will focus on the history of ice cream, from its origins in the early centuries, historical flavors, connections to European royalty, Virginia and more! During tours, free ice cream treats will also be available for guests to enjoy.

July 25, 2024 from 5:30 – 7pm – History in Plain Sight 
Learn about the history and stories of the enslaved individuals who lived and worked on the Thoroughgood House property in the 18th and 19th centuries, view the site from their perspective and discover tales of enslaved individuals who made it to freedom. There will also be a cornhusk doll-making activity for kids to enjoy.

August 1, 2024 from 5:30 – 7pm – Herb Your Enthusiasm
The Virginia Beach History Museums’ historic homes all have gardens, including several types of herbs (such as rosemary, dill, sage, and lemon balm). Homeopathic medicines have been used for centuries and have gained popularity. Learn more about the healing, medicinal and culinary uses of herbs, and why they are such a “big dill” in Hampton Roads history.

August 8, 2024 from 5:30 – 7pm – Indigenous Pathways 
Step back in time to before the Thoroughgood family lived in Virginia Beach. Prior to English contact at Jamestown in 1607, the Woodland Indians thrived in what is now modern-day Virginia. Come out and learn about Virginia’s Indigenous Peoples, including their environment, customs, and history. You can also handcraft your own pinch pot, which are traditional Native American clay pottery pieces.

August 15, 2024 from 5:30-7pm – Colonial Clue?
A crime has been committed! A body was found at the Thoroughgood House. It’s up to you to travel through the house and interrogate suspects to figure out Who did it, Where it occurred, and with what Weapon. Those who correctly deduce the solution will win a prize.

August 22, 2024 from 5:30 – 7pm – HerStory
Dive deep into the stories of some of the unheard voices in history at the Thoroughgood House. In colonial times, women’s societal power was limited, but they were essential to maintaining their families and communities around them. “Herstory” focuses on these tales, including Susannah Sanford Thoroughgood, Sarah Offley, and their connection to the Thoroughgood House, as well as stories of matriarchal indigenous societies and the experiences of enslaved women at this time. Tours include a “Create your Own” story activity. Bind your own book and continue writing your stories.

August 29, 2024 from 5:30 – 7pm – Art of Dyeing
Take a look at the natural fibers used to make material in the past. We will explore the differences between the fabrics, and how the colonists used them. We will highlight the process and natural items used to create the colorful dyes of the past, and guests will be able to try dyeing themselves!

September 5, 2024 from 5:30 – 7pm – Pirates and Piracy
Join the Virginia Beach History Museums for a swashbuckling adventure through the history of 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, during the “golden age” of piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Thoroughgood House will also have a scavenger hunt for you to plunder your own pirate “booty.” Arrrr ya feeling extra spirit from the high seas? Feel free to dress like a pirate, and encourage your mateys to do the same!

Click HERE for additional information and to register: Summer Programming at Virginia Beach History Museums.