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Virginia Beach History

This is an area full of history – the Historic Triangle is about an hour away, and that’s where the first ships from England landed in “The New World.” Head up to the Peninsula for a day or two to explore Jamestown Settlement, and internationally famous Colonial Williamsburg. But there’s also plenty of local history right here at the Beach – visit the homes of Adam Keeling and Francis Land. Take a Legends Walk and explore the local history firsthand with famous people—it’s a unique opportunity even for history buffs who think they’ve seen it all. Admire historic St. Luke’s Church, the oldest English-built church in America. You’ll be amazed at how much the area has to offer, old and new!
 




The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel offers a beautiful view of the water that you literally cannot get anywhere else! This architectural wonder attracts tourists to check driving on this Bridge Tunnel off their bucket list. You will also want to stop and check out their gift shop, restaurant, and pier.

Just a short drive away, Colonial Williamsburg is one of the nation's most historical landmarks. Colonial Williamsburg is home to the world's largest living history museum. With only an hour and a half drive out from VA Beach, we recommend a day (or more) trip to this beautiful piece of our history.

The Ferry Plantation House may be as haunted as it is historic. The local rumor is that the "Witch of Pungo" likes to make an appearance every now and then since this is where they killed her since she was convicted of witchcraft. This property is opened Halloween evening for daring visitors to see if they can find her.

The Keeling House is the second oldest still standing home in the city. The Keeling House is adored by architects and engineers for its brickwork and woodwork that appears to be impeccable, even more so with its almost 400 year stance. Take a look for for yourself to see what's so special about this historic home.

Adam Thoroughgood House is owned by the city of VB as a historical site. Since this house is the oldest surviving colonial homes in the city, it needed to be preserved and protected. Now you can take a tour of this house that was built in the 1600s!

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This free attraction honors the Virginia Legends! You'll find those who were either born in or lived for many years in VA. George Washington, Patsy Cline, Pocahontas, Captain John Smith, and more are famous people you'll see at the Legends Walk.

The Francis Land House was constructed in 1805 and still stands today. Visiting this historical house shows you how the Land family lived, worked, and ate. This family-friendly VA Beach attraction will bring you to a different era, and let you in on the lifestyle of the 19th century.

On the base of Fort Story is where you'll find the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. With a small fee, you can climb your way to the top and enjoy the tip top of the lighthouse for the very best view of the Chesapeake Bay.

Smithfield, VA, about 45 minutes away from Virginia Beach, is home to the Historic St. Luke's Church. It is still strong and standing after being built in 1632, almost 400 years ago. This church is the oldest English-built church in America. Visit this church for a guided tour and a ton of stories about this piece of history.

While not a Virginia Beach attraction, it is only a short drive away... and well worth the drive if you are a true history lover. If you are wanting to explore the first English Colony set up in America, you need to visit the Jamestown Settlement.

Take a trip into this Virginia Beach attraction that acts as a time machine. Go back to the 18th century at the Lynnhaven House. This almost 300 year old house still retains about 85% of its original materials!