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Address: 4405 Wishart Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Phone Number: 17573855100
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Great piece of history

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
KaraGB
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sorry cooks---over priced---food so-so-----maybe a view but------she crab soup very thick with flour and no crab but a shot of sheery

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2blackdog4, Marketing Director at Lynnhaven House, responded to this review

Whoops, I think you meant to leave this review for the Lynn haven Fish House, not this history museum. More 

Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 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 stars Reviewed November 19, 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 stars Reviewed September 8, 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 stars Reviewed September 1, 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 stars Reviewed July 25, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 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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Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Over priced for what you get. Grounds are a mess, info was poorly presented, north worth the $8.00 charge per person.

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