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Virginia Beach, Virginia

An architectural gem built around 1725 by Francis Thelaball, this Chesapeake-style house is still without running water today. In fact, this home has undergone minimal changes over the years, making it one of the best-preserved buildings from that time period in the country. Architectural and design details include brick jack arches, a closed-spindle staircase with teardrop pendant, and ship’s lap floor construction. The brick house is located on five wooded acres along with a small cemetery, native plant beds, and an 18th-century herb garden. The house was used as a private residence until 1971, when it was restored by Preservation Virginia. The City of Virginia Beach operates it as a historic house museum today.

Heirloom Ornaments are limited edition, hand painted keepsakes sold exclusively at McDonald Garden Center. These two-sided ornaments celebrate LOCAL sites & attractions unique to Hampton Roads and surrounding areas.