active eagle nesting, the refuge is a breeding
ground for great blue herons with more than
1,200 nests occupied there. Visitors also can
view the refuge along two trails, one through
woods and one in Great Marsh.
Virginia Beach and Boardwalk.
America’s longest commercial beach is also
one of America’s favorite. The three-mile
concrete boardwalk is full of activity with
bicyclists, strollers, roller bladders and
people-watchers. During the summer three
oceanfront stages offer nightly entertainment. This vibrant attraction features family activities, outdoor recreational facilities,
year-round events and a diverse selection of
restaurants and shopping opportunities.
Maymont—Richmond. Once a private 100-acre Victorian estate, Maymont
was bestowed to Richmond in 1925 as
a public park and museum. A true family attraction, Maymont offers tours of the
Victorian mansion, exhibits of wildlife
native to Virginia, themed gardens, Nature
Center and Children’s Farm.
History Lives Here
Virginia’s rich history includes more
than the Civil War. The fight for equality in
education was waged in Farmville, air and
space is chronicled in Dulles, and Virginia’s
coal mining heritage is displayed daily in
Big Stone Gap. Discover something new in
Virginia’s diverse history.
Virginia Civil War Trails—
Statewide. More Civil War battles were fought
in Virginia than in any other state — by far.
Armies campaigned, fought and camped for
four years over the landscape. The Virginia
Civil War Trails program marks more than
400 historic sites, most for the first time,
telling the dramatic story of what happened
on the sites where it happened. Free maps
are available in Welcome Centers and visitor
centers throughout the Commonwealth.
Booker T. Washington National
Monument—Franklin County. This is
the site of famed educator and presidential
advisor Booker T. Washington’s birth, early
life, and emancipation. The park’s visitor
center contains exhibits on Washington’s life
and offers an audio-visual program interpreting his career and accomplishments.
Richmond National Battlefield
Park—Metro Richmond. As the seat of
Confederate government Richmond was a
special target of Union military strategy, and
some of the fiercest battles of the war were
fought around the city. The Visitor Center
houses engaging exhibits and artifacts while
protected and interpreted battlefields such
as Cold Harbor and Malvern Hill let visitors
walk where soldiers fought.
Arlington National Cemetery—
Arlington. Veterans of every American
war from the Revolution to the country’s
most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington. Among the more than 260,000 dead
are three unidentified service members,
buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and
John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked
by an eternal flame.
Architectural Walking Tours—
Statewide. So many of Virginia’s cities and
towns preserve the architecture of historic
commercial and residential districts. Stop
by a welcome center and ask for walking tour brochures. Ornate downtown
facades and dramatic interiors are
complemented by the grace and
charm of Victorian, Queen Anne and Gothic
Revival homes. Surprises abound when looking up from the sidewalk.
Abingdon Historic District. The town
of Abingdon is located in Washington
County in the Blue Ridge Highlands region
of Virginia. It was named after the ancestral home of Martha Washington, and is a
Virginia Historic Landmark. The 20-square
block Historic District includes historic sites,
cultural activities and museums. Abingdon
is also one of the towns along The Crooked
Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.
Fort Monroe/Casemate Museum—
Hampton. Fort Monroe was originally
completed in 1834 and has served as an
army base since then. During the Civil War
escaped slaves flocked to the fort for protection. After the collapse of the Confederacy,
Jefferson Davis was confined as a prisoner
in a damp cell within the casemate. The
Casemate Museum tells the story of the fort
and its historic occupants within the arched
masonry now more than 150 years old.
Lexington’s Historic Campuses and
Museums. Lexington is a small town
dream. Located in the southern end of the
Shenandoah Valley, Lexington is home to
Washington and Lee University and the
Virginia Military Institute. Both campuses
are littered with historic buildings and statues — and each has compelling museums.
The VMI Museum tells the story of the institute dating back to 1839. Lee Chapel and
Museum houses the final resting place of
Robert E. Lee, president of the college following the Civil War. Visit Virginia.org
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