Lynnhaven House

Lynnhaven House - Virginia Beach,VA

“Lynnhaven House” by Michael Ontiveros

During your school trip to Virginia Beach your student group may want to take a look at the Lynnhaven House. Students of all ages will enjoy exploring the location on a guided tour. The house was built by Francis Thelaball during the 18th century. The structure is a great example of “early Virginia vernacular architecture,” and reflects the social and economic status of the Thelaball family. The family lived in the house from 1725 to 1727.


During your visit, your student group will have the opportunity to examine furniture from the 18th century. There is a guided tour offered where the students will learn about the roles of the Thelaball family. The individuals living in the house were: Francis, his wife Abigail, their five sons, an apprentice, and enslaved people. Francis Thelaball was a plantation owner at the time. The tours are given every hour. During the tour, the guide will also discuss the tidewater world of the early 18th century.


The Lynnhaven House is a place where you will find beautiful architecture and artistry. For example, the students will see the brick jack arches, a closed-spindle staircase with a teardrop pendant, and ship’s lap floor construction. The structure is located near the Lynnhaven River. Prior to being called the Lynnhaven House, it was known as the Wishart House or the Boush House. The students will see women making crafts that were common during that time period. You will also notice plants such as cotton, peanuts, and tobacco growing on the property. There are lush woodlands and beautiful gardens for the group to explore.