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Bob Cage Sculpture Farm
This local artist has created an open-field display that combines his sculpture with the llama, burros, and goats that graze there. Located in South Boston.

Booker T. Washington National Monument
Visit the birthplace of African-American educator, orator, and presidential advisor. Washington's ideas about education, race and labor were shaped on this tobacco plantation in Hardy. The park is one of the few places where one can see how slavery and the plantation system worked on a smaller scale. Interpretive programs are offered daily.

Charlottesville Historic District
Visit the city that Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe called home. Explore the campus of the University of Virginia, founded by Jefferson and built on land bought from Monroe. Tucked among the historic sites and buildings you'll find a lively array of cafés, shops and galleries.

Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society
This Clifton Forge museum has one of the largest collections of a single railroad, preserving and interpreting the rich history of the C & O.

Chimborazo Medical Museum
Chimborazo was the largest of five general hospitals built in Richmond during the Civil War. The museum houses a collection of the tools used by doctors and nurses on their Confederate soldier patients.

Chrysler Museum of Art
One of Norfolk's gems, this fine-art museum houses an encyclopedic collection of more than 30,000 objects spanning 4,000 years.

Civil War Adventure Camp
Live like a Civil War soldier at this participatory camp in Petersburg. Recruits dress in Union or Confederate uniforms, sleep in recreated encampments, and eat Civil War era meals. As privates in the Army, recruits drill with muskets, decode signals, march into skirmishes, participate in medical demonstrations and picket duty, fire mortars and more.

Colonial National Historical Park
This park encompasses two of Virginia's most important historic sites: Jamestown, the 1607 site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, and Yorktown Battlefield, where the last major battle of the American Revolution was fought in 1781. A 23-mile scenic byway connects the two sites. Nearby Historic Jamestowne interprets those earliest colonial days and includes working artisans who demonstrate glassblowing and other crafts.

Colonial Williamsburg
This famous interpretive museum encompasses 301 acres and provides total immersion in the colonial experience. Wander the streets and narrow lanes of the colonial city, dine on 18th-century-style cuisine and learn about life in colonial times. Williamsburg is not to be missed.

Museum of Fine Arts & History (Danville)
This 1857 Italian Villa house is best known as the Last Capitol of The Confederacy. Jefferson Davis resided in this home during the final week of the Civil War. It was here that Davis and his Confederate government received word that Lee had surrendered at nearby Appomattox. Currently, the home offers historical displays and revolving art exhibits.

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