Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wordless 27

This house is very important in the study of early colonial life in Virginia.

Where is it? How does it connect to a recent news report involving The Netherlands?

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Anonymous said...

what a beautiful home. I love colonial design--I want to live in a house like this one. Happy WW.

jams o donnell said...

I don;t know what the link is with The Netherlands but it is a fine building - it would not look out of place in an English garden. Great photo

Anonymous said...

Great shot! I love older historical buildings like that.

EHT said...

Thanks for visiting.....make sure you come back for the connection to today's news later this week.

Unknown said...

Intriguing but I have no idea! Perhaps why I was so bad at history. :-)

Alison said...

Was it built like Dutch houses then?

At first glance it reminds me of Anne Hathaway's cottage (Shakespeare's wife, not the actress!)

Mz Jackson said...

I give up! But I love the photo.

Hootin' Anni said...

I've been to Virginia, and being married to a history buff, I seem to have seen this....is it in Northern Virginia?

Happy W W

Melanie said...

Great picture! A beautiful house.

EHT said...

No, not Dutch architecture.....and not in Northern Virginia. :)

Katya said...

Well...Is it perhaps the home of one of the early governors of Virginia who happened to come from the Netherlands? History was not my forte! BTW, I would love to live in a house just like that one!
Happy WW!

maiylah said...

charming, in an old-fashioned sort of way. wouldn't mind staying there. :)

happy WW

Sandee said...

I haven't a clue, but wasn't the best history student either. Happy WW. :)

Anonymous said...

Aaah, history is not my strength. Guess I should have listened better to my History Teacher :) Although I did marry a History major.

EHT said...

Nope, not the home of a former governor, however, the person who lived on this land was in Virginia's House of Burgesses.

....and if you think you weren't very good in history, you just gave yourself a great reason to visit History Is Elementary often!

ICJ said...

Beautiful home and Great shot!
Happy WW! :-)

Isabelle aka Tricotine

Lavender said...

Gorgeous building - I have a half a guess for you - built by some famous early american that had come from the netherlands? Must find my thinking cap and see if I can do better than that! LOL Happy WW, I played too.

JHS said...

I love visiting your site. I always learn something interesting!

Lovely photo.

Patois42 said...

Love the building, and I'm looking forward to the history explanation next week.

Hanley Family said...

Hmm...I love history, but I'm not up on historic buildings. This is a gorgeous old cottage, though!

Crazy Working Mom said...

Great shot! Can't wait to find out the background of this beautiful house.

EHT said...

No...the person who owned the land where the house sits did not come from The Netherlands, but the country will figure greatly in my post.

The man who owned the land where this home sits was from England, and he is responsible for encouraging some of our Founding Fathers' ancestors to make the trek across "the pond" in the 17th century.

Thanks for all the visits and comments!

Jenn in Holland said...

Is this the house of John Holland?
That's the best I can do at the moment, and in that I live in The Netherlands at the moment, I am a little bit embarrassed that I know not of this news you speak. Hmmmm... You are right, I will have to come back to get some education on it!

Jenn in Holland said...

Oh, and the answer to your question over at my place. International Public Law with specialization in International Criminal Law. The Netherlands (specifically Leiden) was the best place to study for its proximity to The Hague, which is the center for the International Criminal Courts. There are several set up here, and this is the field he wanted to break into. So that is what brought us across the ocean.

Anonymous said...

It is the house of Adam Thoroughgood at Virginia Beach (Parish Road)!

The only connection to the recent news from Holland is that Adam Thoroughgood passed away at the young age of 36. Recently, a organ donation show was broadcast at national Dutch TV, in which a terminally ill woman decided to whom to give her kidney. She was also 36 years old (in the end, it turned out that the show was a hoax in order to get more attention for the enormous waiting lists for organ donation).

But I guess that's not the link you're talking about ;-)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I wanted to say: "The only connection to the recent news THAT I CAN THINK OF" :)

SandyCarlson said...

I'll stay tuned for the answer!

EHT said...

Frumteacher, this is indeed the home attributed to Adam Thoroughgood.....it is believed a grandson actually built the home.

You have earned yourself a link in my explanation post. It's the only gold star I can give...

Now....how am I going to connect Adam Thoroughgood, this home, and a news report that came out yesterday involving the people of The Netherlands?

Lori said...

I dont know...you tell me. Its a great pic:)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it has to do with the challenges that Chesapeake Bay shares with Holland: being an area in the delta of a river and the fear of being inundated.

EHT said...

Frumteacher that's very good logical thinking, but that won't be the connection in my post.

The Tour Marm said...

I knew it was the Adam Thoroughgood House, although at first I thought of Lynnhaven.

I'm looking into the slave trade and West India Company.

The Tour Marm said...

You're really putting me through my paces!

Adam Thoroughgood was a seventh son of a prominent family in England. Obviously, he wasn't going to inherit much, so he indentured himself for three years to pay for his passage and learn the tobacco trade. He ended up owning land and starting a tobacco farm. He never owned slaves; he had two African indentured servants who worked out their contracts.

Now I have to make the connection for the invitation to 'cross the pond'.

I can also think about finance since the Dutch really were the ones to start a stock exchange and bring Capitalism to the world - and New World.

I'm still working on the Dutch West India Company connection.

The Tour Marm said...


This is taking me all the back to the history surrounding where my family lives in Westmoreland County, VA as well as Gloucester, where we have a summer home - but that's not what you're looking for!

What I found was this: Adam Thoroughgood (also Thorowgood) was was a member of the House of Burgesses in Jamestown in 1629 and later on the King's Council.

He must have been very influential (he and his wife were of distinguished families) since he did convince people to immigrate. One of the most important was Augustine Warner, who was to become a neighbor and also influential in the colony.

Augustine Warner I was born on November 28, 1610 in Norwich, England. He was one of the first Virginia Immigrants to sail to the New World under Captain Adam Thouroughgood in 1628

Thoroughgood was a Captain of the militia but owned ships that brought immigrants to Virginia including 105 indentured servants.

Norfolk was named by him as well as Lynnhaven, after all, he was born in King's Lynn in Norfolk England!

Now here is where it gets interesting:

Captain Warner also became a member of the King's Council of the Royal Governor of Virginia until his death. He was also Speaker of the House. This included being Justice and Burgess of York and Gloucester Counties between 1652 and 1658. This enabled him to advise the Governor on many important matters. He was named Speaker of the House and known as Speaker Warner at this time. He became Captain of the Virginia Militia and received commission from the Governor "Gentlemen." (Warner and Thoroughgood must have been good friends.)

Warner aided the Dutch with the attacks on the Virginia Fleet of Hampton Roads. (this actually confounds me and I'll have to pursue this later. (A result of the first Anglo Dutch War which concerned free trade).

Warner was the great grandfather of George Washington!

So without Thoroughgood, George Washington would never have been born!

the Dutch were ever present as privateers and the Dutch and English were always at odds with one another.

I can't make the connections to Thoroughgood's ships or family during the Anglo Dutch War(s).

And I should get back to work!

Can't wait for the answer!

Cinnamon Girl said...

Well now all I can think of is Martin Luther :P

Anonymous said...

A last try before you will hopefully help us out :) Just as Thoroughgood, the Dutch promoted immigration to new areas. Killian van Rensselaer for example invited immigrants to settle in areas such as Albany and Columbia. Thoroughwood did the same by settling Virginia Beach and inviting people to come along with him.

Celeste said...

Interesting. I read all the comments.

The Tour Marm said...

Meeting of tribes, Spanish and Dutch officials to address longstanding issues Indians to gain apology

Is this what you're talking about?

EHT said...

Hey Celeste! How is your part of Georgia doing? It's hot here west of ATL, but soooo sunny.

I'm stuck inside writing a boring paper.

Tour Marm....thanks for a preview of my upcoming post!:)

Thoroughgood was also instrumental for bringing over the great-great grandfather of George Mason as well as George Washington's (and relative of Robert E. Lee as well)

Frumteacher.....here's another hint. Look to the interior of the home. There are some items inside that would link to a report given on Good Morning America yesterday morning.

letha said...

Very pretty house, now the question has been answered I don't need to say I haven't got a clue. Thanks for the answer though.

The Tour Marm said...

Inside the house?

Delft tiles?

The Dutch did a lot of trading with us (Virginians) and Delft tiles and crockery can be found all over the place.)

Also the type of brickwork on most Virginia Tidewater homes was Flemish Bond. Alternating headers and stretchers. The headers usually were kept closest to the heat so that the sand in the clay would melt bringing a dark blue glassy exterior to the brick. Quite lovely.

I don't get up until about noon, so morning TV is definitely out! (No, I'm not lazy, I just work to 2AM because of time difference between my clients!)

BTW MY FIOF and WW are up. It's 20th/21st century.

EHT said...

Actually only one side of the Thoroughgood house was Flemish bond...the other three were English.

Items in the house from the early 18th century connect to a news story concerning a certain fact recently discovered in the 21st regarding statistics that have been kept over the years. The items in the house are an indicator of those statistics.

The Tour Marm said...

This was really bothering me!

I haven't visited the house, yet. (You can be sure I will as my brother lives nearby.)

The news story I saw has to do with height. For the past 200 years Americans had been the tallest in the world, and now the Dutch are.

Is this the story? It's quite a stretch, if it is!

So is there a large bed etc inside - or higher ceilings?

You can be so maddening at times! (Hee Hee!)

EHT said...

Just so you'll rest easier you are very hot.......Quit your research.

The Tour Marm said...

I think I get it!

George Washington was 6'2" and his bed/deathbed was 6'x6 1/2" as opposed to the small homes, beds and low ceilings of early colonists. In two generations the standard of living and nutrition made Americans taller and healthier.

Now the Dutch have surpassed us - at least in height.

Anonymous said...

Dang you Elementaryhistoryteacher! I'm tired of coming here and seeing these kinds of thought-provoking "Wordless fun" activities. You're making me think! I get enough of that in my Economics class.

I feel dumb seeing this picture and not knowing what it is especially since I love colonial America history.

All the above was said tongue-in-cheek!

And of course, I'm too lazy to read the preceding comments before I go out researching for myself and find that it is the Adam Thoroughgood House which was already said. Argh!