Places to Visit

Places To Visit

Places To Visit

History can be felt everywhere in Virginia, from the mountains to the beaches and every place in between. Visit these sites and discover why Virginia’s History is America’s Story and how our Commonwealth helped shape our nation.

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Violet Bank MuseumViolet Bank Museum
City of Colonial Heights

In 1777, shipping mercahnt Thomas Shore purchased 144 acres atop Archer's Hill naming the property, Violet Bank. The present building, owned by the City of Colonial Heights, replaces the first house constructed by Thomas Shore, destroyed by fire in 1... Read More

Virginia Capitol and Executive MansionVirginia Capitol and Executive Mansion
City of Richmond

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the State Capitol houses America's oldest legislative assembly. Daily one-hour guided tours showcase historical statuary and paintings, rare exhibit objects, and newly restored legislative chambers. Self-guided tours als... Read More

Virginia Home Historic Boarding HouseVirginia Home Historic Boarding House
Henry County

Virginia Home, constructed in 1920, was directly associated with the labor history of Fieldale, a mill and company town in Henry County, built at the close of World War I by the Marshall Field Company for the manufacture and worldwide distribution of... Read More

Virginia Museum of History and CultureVirginia Museum of History and Culture
City of Richmond

Founded in 1831, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is the oldest cultural organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. It houses a collection of more than 9 mil... Read More

Virginia Museum of the Civil War and Visitor CenterVirginia Museum of the Civil War and Visitor Center
Shenandoah County

The Virginia Museum of the Civil War is the only state-owned Civil War Museum and is administered by the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). The site consists of three elements: The Virginia Museum of the Civil War, the New Market Battlefield State Hi... Read More

Virginia Piedmont Heritage AreaVirginia Piedmont Heritage Area
Loudoun County

The Association was founded in 1995 as a historic preservation organization in response to a threat of development of a large tract of land near the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Since that time, we have grown into one of the region's strongest... Read More

Virginia Quilt MuseumVirginia Quilt Museum
City of Harrisonburg

Founded in 1995, The Virginia Quilt Museum is the Official Quilt Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Museum promotes a unique blend of art and cultural he... Read More

Virginia War MemorialVirginia War Memorial
City of Richmond

The Paul and Phyllis Galanti education Center is the fulfillment of over ten years planning to transform the Virginia War Memorial into a major education center. The goal is to honor military veterans by passing their stories of sacrifice on to futur... Read More

Virginia War MuseumVirginia War Museum
City of Newport News

American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Collections of artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, and posters trace the development of the United States military from 1775 to the present. Galleries include Women at War, Marches Tow... Read More

Wales Historic HouseWales Historic House
Dinwiddie County

Built for Howell Briggs (1709-1775), a militia captain, magistrate, and vestryman, Wales is one of the most architecturally distinctive plantation houses in Southside Virginia. Howell Briggs's son Gray Briggs (ca. 1731-1807), born at Wales, served in... Read More

Walter Reed BirthplaceWalter Reed Birthplace
Gloucester County

Built in 1821, the birthplace represents a rare surviving example of a small, plain vernacular house that was once very common throughout Tidewater Virginia. This modest dwelling contains three rooms and is of a type often used by white professionals... Read More

Ware Parish Episcopal ChurchWare Parish Episcopal Church
Gloucester County

One of the oldest churches in America. Founded c. 1652, Ware Church was one of the four charter parishes of what is now modern-day Gloucester County, Virginia. A synopsis, by period, can be found below, along with a gallery of digial artifacts.... Read More

Warner Hall Historic PlantationWarner Hall Historic Plantation
Gloucester County

In the winter of 1642, Augustine Warner I arrived in Jamestown with twelve new settlers for the Virginia Colonies. For bringing these colonists to the new frontier, Warner was given a "head Grant" of 600 acres in Gloucester, Virginia. He eventually e... Read More

Warren Heritage SocietyWarren Heritage Society
Warren County

Founded in 1971, the Warren Heritage Society is dedicated to saving and making the history of Front Royal and Warren County. Our mission is to preserve the history of this area through our living history museums, our permanent exhibits, our lecture ... Read More

Warren-Sipe House (Virginia Quilt Museum)Warren-Sipe House (Virginia Quilt Museum)
City of Harrisonburg

The Warren-Sipe House was the home of Edward T.H. Warren, a Harrisonburg attorney and descendant of Thomas Harrison, the founder of Harrisonburg. Warren went to war early and fought in most of the famous battles in the East until he was killed at the... Read More



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