We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“First Brick Home Holds Up” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thoroughgood House

Thoroughgood House
Ranked #42 of 114 things to do in Virginia Beach
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Visit the Thoroughgood House to hear the great success story of Adam Thorowgood, one of Virginia's first colonists. Learn about the house Argall and Susannah Thorowgood built and what makes it so extraordinary. See the special touches added by John Thorowgood and tour the passage and parlor, furnished as they might have been when John lived there. Finally, follow the house in pictures up to the present and find out what-and how-we are continuing to learn about this historic treasure.
Punta Florida
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“First Brick Home Holds Up”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

Thought the Thoroughgood house is a bit of a distance from the beach, it is definitely woth the trip. It is supposedly the first brick home in America and is small but charming. Great effort has been made to preserve the building andit is regularly referred to in history texts, design magazines and historical publications.

Visited October 2012
Thank grace16366
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

41 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A taste of history in an otherwise beach-oriented community”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012

Most attractions in Virginia Beach focus on, of course, the beach. Or the military. This venue is a nice taste of history, though. It's not Williamsburg (which is mostly fake, I hear), but it's a nice little stop. It's an unexpected plantation feel in the middle of a modern neighborhood. It's impressive how you can step back in time while in the midst of modern mansions hidden behind trees. The staff dresses up, the artifacts are authentic, and the wind in the trees makes you imagine how calm life could be in free hours four hundred years ago. A good history lesson for all!

Not wheelchair friendly if you want to see the second floor.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank rileigh15
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012 via mobile

A wonderful, informative guide. So glad to gave stumbled upon this house on here. Francis Land house is nearby. Would have loved to see 3rd house of this group ...
Time well spent!

1 Thank Andreanboys
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A gem of history.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

If you need a history fix, but Williamsburg's too far or too complex for the time you have, here's your place. It's antiquity is impressive in domestic Virginia history. Well-kept. Step-back in time in a gentle, pleasant way.

1 Thank 824Sandy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
new york
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Tried but failed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

We attempted to get the tour of this house but apparently the last tour of the day, which is 4:30, started early because we got there at 4:25 because of traffic (only 8 miles from the KOA but took us over 35 minutes to get there - keep that in mind). We were disappointed not to see the home.

Visited July 2012
Thank kherzog30
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Thoroughgood House also viewed


Been to Thoroughgood House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing