Adam Thoroughgood House

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Employees at this circa-1719 house museum have seen the apparition of a woman in Colonial-period clothing. The red-haired woman has been seen in various places on the premises wearing different Colonial dresses.

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1636 Parish Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
United States

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36.893757, -76.11241689999997
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  1. I grew up in Thoroughgood and there was a rumor that a witch lived behind the house. There was a gravel road or driveway around the corner from the property off the street. Being a kid, I used to ride my bike around that area. I ventured down the gravel once and saw weird stuff along the drive. My memory fades, but the stuff wasn’t normal for the neighborhood and it gave off a creepy vibe. Several years later, in high school, I told my friends about it. They wanted to see it, I didn’t so I waited in the car. They disappeared around the corner and a few minutes later, they were running back to the car at full speed. They got in the car and we drove away. Nobody would talk about what scared them

  2. i grew up within walking distance of the tgood house on CC circle. There was an older lady that lived in the woods behind the house. I forgot her name, but she was very elderly in the mid to late 80’s (I want to say her last name was Saunders), we brought her over to our house one day for dinner and to bathe. I remember every spring, she would have a pile of horse manure delivered, that part of the neighborhood smelled for days. I’m pretty sure that is the area that Wendy was talking about. There was a old house and a lot of junk the last time I went back there, she was still alive at the time. She passed away before I graduated (I think, not really sure). The next time I’m in the neighborhood I’ll see if it’s still accessible.

    I can’t speak for the red haired woman in period clothing, but I know that I spent a lot of time roaming that area at night and never saw anything. It is very creepy at night though. They do keep the lights on in the garden behind and I’ve been back there after hours. It’s billed as the oldest standing dwelling in the U.S. There are definitely older buildings in the U.S. but this is the original structure (for the most part) and a good example of houses from that period. Definitely a good place to visit if you like history.

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