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23 Historic Sites To Visit in Virginia

Ever since the English first began to settle in Jamestowne over 400 years ago, Virginia's contributions to American history is unparalleled. Explore historic sites found throughout the entire state, from the northern and western regions to central Virginia and Virginia Beach.

Here are 23 suggestions to visit during your time in the Old Dominion.

1. Visit the local watering hole of George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and other famous historical figures at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, in Old Town Alexandria.

2. Explore the nine-floor George Washington Masonic National Memorial, a monument to George Washington, in Alexandria.

3. Host a meeting at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, a historic meeting house in Alexandria that dates back to the 18th century.

Virginia Historic Activities

Arlington National Cemetery

4. Pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington. You'll also see the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and the eternal flame of the John F. Kennedy Gravesite.

6. Visit Arlington memorials honoring the past deeds and accomplishments of the Air Force, Marines at Iwo Jima, and Women in Military Service.

7. View and explore the historic Civil War grounds of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, which preserves the sites of the Battle of Kettle Run and the Battle of Bristoe Station near Manassas.

8. Embark on a tour of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's personal estate, located near Waynesboro.

9. Cross the still-standing Humpback Bridge, originally constructed in the 1820's and located near Covington.

10. Pray at the Falls Church, originally completed in 1734 and remaining a place of worship in Falls Church ever since.

11. Visit the Arlington House, which serves as memorial and museum dedicated to Robert E. Lee's life and achievements. It is located in Arlington.

Virginia Historic Activities

Civil War Battlefield

12. Tour the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, which preserves the site of the Civil War's Battle of Fredericksburg.

13. Visit the Petersburg National Battlefield, near Hopewell, and learn about the events of the longest battle of the Civil War.

14. Check out the Luray Valley Museum, which preserves 12 historic structures and features exhibits on life in Luray and the Shenandoah Valley.

15. Step onto the grounds of the Civil War's Battle of Bull Run at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

16. Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, near Alexandria. Take tours of the mansion and see the tomb where Washington is buried.

17. Stop by the Boulevard Historic District, located near downtown Richmond.

18. Take a tour of the Capitol of Virginia, originally built in Richmond in 1788 and currently serving as the seat of Virginia's government.

Virginia Historic Activities

Jamestowne Settlement

19. Tour the historic Gilded Age mansion at Maymont Park, a 100-acre Richmond estate featuring gardens and a mansion museum.

20. Take the time to explore over thirteen Civil War historic sites at Richmond National Battlefield Park, including Beaver Dam Creek, Chickahominy Bluff, or Gaines' Mill.

21. Jump back in time with a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, a historic Williamsburg district which preserves many 18th-century buildings.

22. Pay a visit to Colonial National Historical Park, the historic site of the Battle of Yorktown, which was the last battle of the American Revolution. The park is located near Williamsburg.

23. Take a trip back the beginning of America at the Historic Jamestowne Settlement, also known as the first English colony, located just outside Williamsburg.


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8751 Richmond Highway, Alexandria VA 22309-4223
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2480 S Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22206-2576
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2205 Plank Road, Fredericksburg VA 22401-5226
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