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Lynnhaven House

4405 Wishart Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-5524
+1 757-385-5100
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Be sure to call first

We drove all the way here, after the other historic house was closed for construction. Disappointed... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2017
Sunday Morning

We went there knowing the house was closed for renovations, bit at least we were able to walk the... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2016
Tom B
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Jul 23, 2017
“Be sure to call first”
Oct 20, 2016
“Sunday Morning”
4405 Wishart Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-5524
+1 757-385-5100
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Reviewed July 23, 2017

We drove all the way here, after the other historic house was closed for construction. Disappointed that this was closed for some reason. I don't recall what we were told. It's located off of a main road. Parking lot in back. Grounds looked nice, would...More

Thank pantone808
Reviewed October 20, 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.

Thank Tom B
Reviewed September 12, 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.

1  Thank Jim H
Reviewed July 25, 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.

1  Thank KaraGB
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.

1  Thank 757KJH1992
Reviewed November 26, 2015

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

Thank David T
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...More

Thank Operamom52
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...More

Thank KAG39
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...More

Thank TheCovertCritic
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...More

Thank purtie26
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Kayla R
December 25, 2014|
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Response from Clemente71 | Reviewed this property |
I do not think they sell them in advance (by phone call or online). However, when you go to the first site they will offer you the three tour package and can pay for it right there. Just make certain by the hours listed... More