Unveiling Virginia Beach’s past: a battle of Broad Bay Manors

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Virginia Beach’s title of “oldest building” uncertainly goes to Broad Bay manor. The structure is shrouded in mystery, boasting two possible dates: 1640s: This earlier claim would make Broad Bay Manor the oldest surviving European-built house in the southeastern United States! Built by Thomas Allen, it was likely a small central section of the much larger structure that stands today. 1660s: This alternate dating pushes the construction back a few decades but still represents a remarkable testament to early colonial life in Virginia. Although the lack of definitive evidence keeps the debate simmering, it still represents Virginia Beach’s deep history.

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