Francis Land House

3131 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach VA  23452

Phone: (757) 385-5100

The Francis Land House, or Rose Hall, is a historic brick house in located within the Rose Hall District near Princess Anne Plaza in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It was the plantation home of the prominent Land family, a founding family of Princess Anne County, Virginia.HistoryLand family history on the site spanned the 1630s to the 1850s. The house passed through six males named Francis Land and then the last Francis' daughters before being sold to another family. Slaves were first documented on the site in 1694, with importation of new slaves up to the 1730s. In the mid-18th century the plantation had as many as 20 slaves. The first Francis Land arrived in the area in 1638–1639 and later acquired of land by 1654, 200 of which was acquired via head rights by bringing four people with him. The plantation got as small as over the next 150 years and at the time the current house was built the plantation was just under. The current house sits on of that original plantation, and is now in the midst of a very commercialized area.The house was at one time thought to have been built in 1732, but recent research has placed its construction in the period 1805–1810 by Francis Land VI. Francis VI and his family lived there around 1805–1819, when Francis VI died. When Francis Moseley Land built the house his family had already been living on that land for 150 years. Francis VI and his wife had two daughters, Mary E. Land and Anne White Land. Mary married John Newton Walke (their son Frank Anthony Walke was a Confederate Soldier). Anne married John Minson Galt in 1833. Their son Francis Land Galt was surgeon and acting paymaster of the famed Confederate raider CSS Alabama. Mary and Anne held onto the land until about 1850–1851, when it was first sold outside their family. The roof was raised in 1912. It continued functioning as various types of farms until the 1940s, at which time it was a dairy farm. By the 1950s the area began to have businesses and a major road. During the mid-late 1900s, the house was the Rose Hall Dress Shop.

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Categories: Landmark, Museum

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Mon: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 pm



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Past Events

Artisan Festival & Gathering of the Guilds

Artisan Festival & Gathering of the Guilds
10:00 am - 04/07/2018

At Francis Land House

Update: due to forecasted inclement weather, this event will be held indoors (the egg hunt has been cancelled). Celebrate crafts old and new at the Artisan Festival...

Artisan Festival & Gathering of The Guilds

Artisan Festival & Gathering of The Guilds
10:00 am - 04/07/2018

At Francis Land House

We will be demonstrating the art of woodturning at this event. There will be free spinning tops for the kids and we will also have numerous wood turned articles...

History Homeschool Day: Plantation Life in Virginia

History Homeschool Day: Plantation Life in Virginia
10:00 am - 03/07/2018

At Francis Land House

Visit the Francis Land House to discover what life was like on a 19th century plantation. Journey through three stations and learn about the various responsibilities...

Free. Fun. Saturday!

Free. Fun. Saturday!
10:00 am - 02/03/2018

At Francis Land House

The Francis Land House will be open with free guided tours, games and toys, and Ye Olde Selfie Station. In observation of Black History Month, this month's Free....

A Magical Day in the Garden

A Magical Day in the Garden
10:00 am - 06/10/2017

At Francis Land House

Join us for a plein air paint party, flower arranging workshop, garden care information, and more on Saturday, June 10 at the Francis Land House. Fairies and elves...

Free Admission on International Museum Day

Free Admission on International Museum Day
10:00 am - 05/18/2017

At Francis Land House

International Museum Day is celebrated worldwide on May 18. The event is organized by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The objective of International...

Free Admission: Free. Fun. Saturday

Free Admission: Free. Fun. Saturday
10:00 am - 05/06/2017

At Francis Land House

Get to know the Virginia Beach History Museums with FREE admission! The Francis Land House will be open with guided tours, old-school games and toys, and Ye Olde...

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night
05:00 pm - 01/06/2017

At Francis Land House

Jan 5 Update: It looks like the wintry weather will be holding off, and we are still planning to host Twelfth Night! We have opted to conduct the last tour at 9...

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night
05:00 pm - 01/02/2016

At Francis Land House

Twelfth Night marks the end of the Christmas season, and the 30th annual event at the Francis Land House will be the best one yet. The evening will be hosted by...

Hunting Virginia

Hunting Virginia
10:00 am - 11/07/2015

At Francis Land House

Learn about tools and techniques used by Native and Colonial Virginians for hunting in early Virginia: A hunter’s camp Bows, arrows, flintlock rifles, fowlers...

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival
10:00 am - 10/17/2015

At Francis Land House

Paint a pumpkin • Turn apples into cider • Hand-dip a candle • Create a corn husk doll • See how soap was made • Have your face painted • Spin wool into...

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social
03:00 pm - 07/26/2015

At Francis Land House

July is National Ice Cream Month and the Francis Land House is celebrating with a month of Sunday Sundaes. Each Sunday’s program will feature a different topic...

"The Hand-Cranked History of Ice Cream"

"The Hand-Cranked History of Ice Cream"
03:00 pm - 07/19/2015

At Francis Land House

July is National Ice Cream Month and the Francis Land House is celebrating with a month of Sunday Sundaes. Each Sunday’s program will feature a different topic...

Popsicle Art: Ice Cream in Art and Poetry

Popsicle Art: Ice Cream in Art and Poetry
03:00 pm - 07/12/2015

At Francis Land House

July is National Ice Cream Month and the Francis Land House is celebrating with a month of Sunday Sundaes. Each Sunday’s program will feature a different topic...

Sunday Sundaes

Sunday Sundaes
03:00 pm - 07/05/2015

At Francis Land House

July is National Ice Cream Month and the Francis Land House is celebrating with a month of Sunday Sundaes. Each Sunday’s program will feature a different topic...

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day
10:00 am - 06/27/2015

At Francis Land House

Picnic like you never have before at the June 27 Francis Land House Family Fun Day. Staff and members of the Virginia Regency Society will make it historically...

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