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History Comes Alive in Virginia
History is still fresh in Virginia, where you will find great sites which protect and interpret key points in the state’s and the nation’s past.
The first permanent English colony in America was in Jamestowne – today it is part of the state’s Historic Triangle. Captain John Smith and settlers came here in 1607 and today you can see where Pocahontas was married. The Jamestown Settlement is a full-scale model of the original Jamestown fort and a Powhatan Native American community – there are also the replicas of three ships which sailed from Europe with the colonists.
Colonial Williamsburg is one of the nation’s top historic sites. This park is full of actors in period dress who will show you what life was like for residents, shop keepers, and tradespeople.
Monticello was the home of President Thomas Jefferson. Located outside of Charlottesville, visitors to this site can wander the grounds and tour his home and his gravesite. Special tours can take you inside the home to see rarer-seen areas like the dome room.
Yorktown is part of the Historic Triangle and home to the American Revolution Museum, where interactive exhibits explain Colonial Virginia and the war battles which took place here.
Boulevard Historic District
Visitors to the Capital city of Richmond looking to reconnect with the past, have plenty of places to visit. The Boulevard Historic District encompasses 61 acres of land west of downtown Richmond, near the James River.
The Boulevard is in between the Fan District and the Museum District. Boulevard Bridge, located at the south end of the district, was built in 1925. The bridge was nicknamed "Nickel Bridge" for many years, due to the five cents toll that was collected from passengers using the bridge to cross the James River.
Make your way to the district to watch the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Minor League Baseball team, play in the Diamond baseball stadium. Also, be sure to capture a picture of the Stonewall Jackson statue located at the corner of Boulevard and Monument Avenue.
The Historic Jamestowne Settlement is known as the "Beginning of America". Located near Williamsburg in the Virginia Beach area, the Jamestowne settlement is where the English colonization of North America first started, in 1619.
The 1607 fort has been excavated and the research team has collected more than one million artifacts. Visitors to the settlement enjoy walking along the loop drive through the historical park.
The ranger-led guided tours, living history programs and archaeology walking tours are great opportunities to learn more about this historical site. Be sure to visit the Jamestown Glasshouse to see the glassblowers making candleholders and glass objects.
John F. Kennedy Gravesite
Also known as the JFK Eternal Flame, the John F. Kennedy Gravesite is located within the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington.
Consecrated and opened to the public in March of 1967, visitors in nearby McLean, and Alexandria, find quick access to the JFK Gravesite with a quick zip along I-395, or I-66.
Visitors, from the Appalachian Mountain area to central Virginia, and from around the world, flock on a daily basis to witness the final resting place of President John F. Kennedy. Experience a piece of American history on your next visit to Virginia.
Marine Corps Base Quantico
Also called MCB Quantico, the Marine Corps Base Quantico is located in northern Virginia in the census-designated place of Quantico Station. Set on the Potomac River near Stafford, the 100-square-mile base is home to more than 12,000 military and civilian residents.
Built in 1917, the Quantico Marine Corps Base Historic District is a Virginia Landmark, U.S. Historic district, and listed item on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Other features include the FBI Academy, Marine Raider Museum, Defense Intelligence Agency, and more.
Old Presbyterian Meeting House
Found in northeastern Virginia, just inland of the Potomac River in Alexandria, you'll find the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Guests of the Best Western hotels in Alexandria, and nearby Arlington and McLean, find easy access to this historic meeting house which dates back to the 18th century. Today, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and still holds a healthy congregation. After a morning of hiking and biking through Virginia's scenic outdoors, catch up with a bit of local history and check out the Old Presbyterian Meeting House.
Stonewall Jackson Home
Run by the Stonewall Jackson Foundation, the Stonewall Jackson Home is located in western Virginia in the city of Lexington.
Built in 1802, the structure is the only home owned by famed General Thomas J. Jackson – better known as Stonewall Jackson.
Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and formerly the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Stonewall Jackson Home is currently a museum. The center features guided tours, onsite gardens, and a gift shop.
The Falls Church
The Falls Church, completed in 1734, lent it's name to the city of Falls Church, and is centrally located between Big Chimneys Park and Donald Frady Park. Today, it still serves as a place of worship, and received extensive restorations in 1959. Guests of the Best Western hotels in nearby Fairfax, Arlington, and McLean enjoy swift and easy access to the Falls Church along I-66 and I-495. Add a touch of local history and lore to your Virginia vacation with a tour of the Falls Church grounds - be sure to park in the Independence Square Lot when visiting.
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Not far from downtown Richmond, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site can be found. As you embark on your next journey through central Virginia and Richmond, be sure to spend an afternoon exploring the Maggie L. Walker Site and its many different aspects. You can make the short drive in from Sandston, or make the most of your stay in Richmond.
Maggie L. Walker was the first woman to ever serve as president of a bank in the United States. The historic site named in her honor celebrates her life and work. You can see the Maggie L. Walker house, which is preserved as a monument. Tours of the Maggie L. Walker house usually run an hour long.