Historical Sites in Virginia

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If you’re a history buff, Virginia is the place for you! Not only was it one of the original 13 colonies, but there are so many sites tied to the American Revolution and Civil War, too! Check out some of these spots next time you’re traveling to the Old Dominion state.

  • Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg (The Historic Triangle)--The area includes five historic sites and attractions from the first English settlement at Jamestown, to the end of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown, and the founding of a new nation at Williamsburg. (https://www.virginia.org/getawayHistoricTriangle)

  • Monticello--Home of former president Thomas Jefferson

  • Montpelier--Home of former president James Madison
  • Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier--Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is a 424-acre historical campus that features world-class museums, antebellum homes, a National Historic Landmark Civil War battlefield, a slave life exhibit, educational programs, and special events. (https://pamplinpark.org/)
  • Mount Vernon--Home of former president George Washington
  • Appomattox Courthouse--Site of the final battle of the Civil War
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park--Richmond's story is not just the tale of one large Civil War battle, nor even one important campaign. Instead, the park's resources include a naval battle, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy's largest hospital, dozens of miles of elaborate original fortifications, and the evocative spots where determined soldiers stood paces apart and fought with rifles, reaping a staggering human cost. (https://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/richmond-national-battlefield-park)
  • The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum--We tell the story of this building from its start as a grand hotel in the early years, through the harsh realities of the Civil War as Gordonsville's General Receiving Hospital, on through to the end of the war when it became a Freedmen's Bureau. (https://www.theexchangehotelmuseum.org/our-history)
  • Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park--There are many ways to tell a story. At Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, the National Park Service is tasked with telling a complex set of stories on a constantly changing landscape. The daily lives of people. The hopes and devastation wrought by war, followed by decades of restoration and remembrance. Stories of community and family. Stories of grief, bravery, and freedom. The story of creating a national park. (https://www.nps.gov/frsp/learn/historyculture/index.htm)

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