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Roadside Attractions in Virginia
Celebrate Virginia’s Weird and Wonderful Roadside Attractions
Roadside attractions across America beckon travelers with items both odd and mysterious, and Virginia is no exception – there’s lots of weird and wonderful things to see here!
In Centreville, a fiberglass sculptor built what is called the world’s most accurate Stonehenge replica – using Styrofoam. The site’s name? Foamhenge.
In Fredericksburg you can visit the spot there Stonewall Jackson’s arm is (or was) buried – the appendage was cut off after he was mistakenly shot by one of own men during the battle of Chancellorsville. A subsequent exhumation failed to find any evidence of the arm, creating a number of theories about its whereabouts.
In Smithfield, the world’s oldest edible ham is on display – it dates to 1902. Buena Vista is home to Paulverizer: Cyborg Muffler Man, which stands guard over a recycling plant. Ever wanted to play mini-golf amongst some cows? At Cowtopia, you and your family can swing clubs past cows who are engaged in deep thought, painting, and on a motorcycle.
Fans of drug enforcement might want to visit the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington. There are gory photos, drug-taking implements made from common household items, and odd clothes worn by undercover cops.
Cape Henry Lighthouse
The Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in 1792, along the Chesapeake Bay, just north of Virginia Beach. It was the first lighthouse authorized by the government.
George Washington chose Laban Goffigan to be the first keeper of the lighthouse. Preservation Virginia has been protecting and maintaining the lighthouse since 1930.
The lighthouse has been repaired through the years and was instrumental for lighting the waterways near Virginia Beach. Enjoy a visit the lighthouse in the spring, summer or fall.
A second lighthouse was constructed in 1881 adjacent to the original lighthouse after the stability of the original lighthouse was in question.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Embark on your next trek through Virginia and head north – be sure to visit the Claude Moore Colonial Farm on your visit. A short drive from nearby Falls Church, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a premier attraction in the city of McLean. Established in 1973, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm was originally known as Turkey Run Farm.
Explore the Claude Moore Colonial Farm see a reenactment of a tenant farm from 1771. One of the highlights you'll find at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm is the Market Fair. Held during the third weekend in May, July, and October, Market Fair features a wide range of exciting vendors and performances.
Travel back to the 18th century at Colonial Williamsburg – once the capitol of Virginia for 81 years. Reverend Goodwin, with the help of John D. Rockefeller Jr., began the project to preserve and restore 85 percent of the original Williamsburg in the Virginia Beach area.
During a visit today, you'll see the Courthouse, Chowning's Tavern, Market Square, the Magazine, the Public Gaol, the Palmer House, and several more historic buildings. Enjoy a tour of the town's historic buildings, homes and shops, march with the Fifes and Drums, and stroll through the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
The town also hosts several year 'round special events, such as the Annual Garden Symposium. Step into Merchants Square, "America's first shopping center" and you'll find reproduction pottery, hand-crafted leather goods, baskets, toys and more for purchase.
Crystal City is a small, urban borough in Arlington, south of Arlington National Cemetery. It's built around residential high-rise structures, office buildings and an underground corridor system, essentially making Crystal City an underground city. You can explore Crystal City and the Crystal City Shops - restaurants, over one hundred services and stores - from any of the nearby cities like Alexandria and Falls Church. Once you've experienced the natural wonders of Virginia's great outdoors, take a relaxing evening stroll through Crystal City, one of Virginia's most unique suburbs, or sit back and watch a live performance from the Synetic Theater, a local theater company.
As the oldest standing covered bridge in Virginia, the Humpback Bridge is a landmark to be seen when you visit. Found in Covington, the Humpback Bridge was constructed in the 1820s.
Naval Station Norfolk
The largest naval station in the world, Naval Station Norfolk supports the United States Navy operating in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and Mediterranean Sea. It occupies about four miles of waterfront space and seven miles of pier and wharf space on the Hampton Roads peninsula in Norfolk.
As the world's largest naval station, the facility supports up to 75 ships and 134 aircraft on 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars. It is busy year-round, with over 100,000 flight operations each year and more than 3,100 ship movements, requiring a lot of personnel to report to the Norfolk region.