|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1604|
|Death: ||Apr. 27, 1640|
Prince William County
Captain Adam Thoroughgood arrived in the Virginia Colony in 1621 as an indentured servant. Prospering in the New world and serving as one of Virginia's first Burgesses, he married Sarah Offley and recruited settlers to the colony. In the year 1635, Thoroughgood was awarded 5,350 acres of land along the Lynnhaven River. It was on this inherited land that a descendent of Adam Thoroughgood built the house that today bears his name.
The Thoroughgood House, built around 1680, is a modified hall and parlor, one and one-half story structure. Made of local brick and oyster shell mortar, this house is bonded in English bond and Flemish bond. The leaded glass casement windows are in true 17th century fashion.
Restored in 1957, this house contains a spectacular collection of late 17th and early 18th century English furniture. The garden was a gift of the Garden Club of Virginia. Created in 1958-59 by Alden Hopkins of Williamsburg, this charming 17th century garden is on the Historic Garden Week Tour each spring.
This historic property is linked to our historic Property at Church Point by sidewalks, paths and bikeways. It is located off Church Point Road just between The Mews and Commons Park.
The Adam Thoroughgood House was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia. The House is open six days per week for guided tours. Special programs for schools, scouts and the general public are offered throughout the year. The Adam Thoroughgood House has been operated by the Department of Museums and Cultural Arts since 1999 and was acquired by the City of Virginia Beach in 2003. (This Paragraph was taken from the Virginia Beach, VA. City Web Site)
For almost three hundred years, the remains of our ancestors have rested in the mud of the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River at Virginia Beach, Virginia. This occurred, when the channel of the river changed course and finally engulfred not only the cemetery but also the remains of the first Church which it served. Bishop Meade, in his book on the Old Churches of Virginia gives a delightful account of how this happened. The only thing saved from the First Church was the baptismal basin which was found years later in the possession of a fisherman who was using it as a boat anchor. A lady now living in Richmond, a descendant of this couple, had the pleasure of being christened from this basin, which is now located in the Old Donation Church (Episcopal) in Virginia Beach.
Several years ago the Suffolk Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII, purchased and had installed, a marker on the shore on Lynnhaven, near the spot where the Church stood. This marker indicates that the founder of Lower Norfolk County and Virginia Beach is buried under the waters off shore. They also instigated a search for this exact site, in the hope of recovering the tombstones of Adam and Sarah.
Sarah Offley Thoroughgood (1609 - 1657)
Anne Bray Thoroughgood Keeling (1618 - 1683)*
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: location unknown
Created by: John Burns
Record added: Dec 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62864223