For one night, Lynnhaven House to turn from historic to haunted

Things are about to get a bit more haunted at Virginia Beach’s historic Lynnhaven House.

“It’s pretty spooky in general at night,” Kim Schmidtmann, a museum educator, joked.

Visitors can experience just how spooky on Oct. 24 at the first-ever Haunted Lynnhaven: Journey Unto Death and Beyond.

Visitors can learn about a haunted night at the Lynnhaven House on Oct. 24. (Courtesy of Virginia Beach History Museums)
Visitors can learn about a haunted night at the Lynnhaven House on Oct. 24. (Courtesy of Virginia Beach History Museums)

Schmidtmann said the Lynnhaven House has hosted Halloween-themed programs before, but organizers decided to go all out this year and create a haunted house.

The event runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m with tours leaving every 15 minutes. Visitors will have the chance to follow an actor playing Francis Thelaball, the man who built the house, as he recounts “his terrifying walk home from the tavern and the surprising events that happened after” on a night in the 1700s, according to a description from the city. Thelaball will lead his guests down a haunted boardwalk trail, into the house and out to a cemetery.

Schmidtmann said they expect the event to be pretty frightening, so they are recommending visitors be 14 or older, although children between 10 and 13 can attend with a parent or guardian. Attendees can wear Halloween costumes but are asked to leave their masks at home. Tickets cost $5.

The Lynnhaven House is at 4405 Wishart Rd.

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