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Thoroughgood House Focus Tours (Virginia Beach)
August 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 31, 2022
Have you ever wanted to take a deeper dive into unique historical topics? Join the Virginia Beach History Museums for a series of free “Focus Tours” at the Thoroughgood House, 1636 Parish Rd., this summer, highlighting unique stories relating to the house, the Hampton Roads region and more.
These tours will run every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each Thursday throughout the summer.
8/4: 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. Join us on August 4 to learn more about the healing, medicinal and culinary uses of herbs, and why they are such a big dill in Hampton Roads history!
8/11: 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.”
8/18: 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.
8/25: Herstory – Dive deep into the stories of some of the unheard voices in history at the Thoroughgood House on August 25. 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.
Admission is FREE, but advanced registration is required. Ticket registration is through the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation ActiveNet system. If you do not already have an ActiveNet account, you will need to create your free account prior to reserving tickets. If you have any questions about registration, please call 757-385-5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.