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About The House

History Timeline:

  • 1642 – Adam Thoroughgood II commissioned the second Ferry service up and down the Lynnhaven River
  • 1735 – Second Princess Anne Courthouse was built (current west-wing)
  • 1751 – Construction of the Walke “Manor” House, courthouse used as kitchen
  • 1828 – Manor House burns down
  • 1830 –  Center section of Ferry Plantation house is built onto the courthouse from remaining bricks of Manor House
  • 1850 – Third section of house is added (built from timber)
  • 1890 – House sold to Charles Barnett
  • 1986 – House left abandoned after owner passes away
  • 1994 – House bought by developers
  • 1996 – House turned over to city of Virginia Beach; leased to Friends of the Ferry Plantation House, Inc. and renovations begun.
  • 2004 – House listed on Virginia Landmarks Register
  • 2005 – House listed on the US National Register of Historic Places

Acreage of Site: +/- 0.1 acre owned by City, leased by Friends of the Ferry Plantation House
Architect/Builder: George McIntosh
Historical Uses: Plantation, Courthouse, Tavern, Post office, school
Present Use: Museum and Office Space for Non-Profit 501(c)