The Thoroughgood House is a one-and-a-half-story colonial home that was once acquitted of being America’s oldest colonial residence. It is similar to the Lynnhaven House, which stands to the south along the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River. Built in 1636, the house was adorned with Flemish and English bond bricks, and it has an unusually high water table. The west and east facades are symmetrical, with a large center door flanked by two windows.
The Adam Thoroughgood House is a beautiful 1636-built English cottage situated on 4 1/2 acres of gardens and lawns. Though it is dated to 1636, the actual building date is more likely to be later than that. The house’s interior was extensively remodeled in the first quarter of the eighteenth century. The fabric of the house has not been fully deciphered because of the two twentieth-century restorations and ongoing research into the history of early colonial architecture.