Virginia - Cultural Destinations

Virginia - Cultural Destinations

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Emanuel A.M.E. Church
Dating to 1857, this Portsmouth church contains benches built by slaves and black freedmen

Fort Monroe
Completed in 1834 and named in honor of President James Monroe, Fort Monroe in Hampton is recognized as the largest stone fort ever built in the United States. Nicknamed "Freedom's Fortress," this Union-held fortification provided a safe haven for hundreds of runaway slaves during the Civil War. It was also the site where the Army of the Potomac landed before beginning the march toward Richmond during the Peninsula Campaign. Today, the installation is the headquarters of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command. The prison cell of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is in the Fort's museum.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House
This Alexandria house is a classic example of Wright's "Usonian" architecture.

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Military Park
Approximately 110,000 casualties occurred during the four major Civil War battles fought in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, making it the bloodiest ground on the North American continent. Today, the 8,000-acre park includes the historic structures of Chatham, Ellwood, Salem Church, and the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine.

Gallery 108, LLC
At this Roanoke gallery, see works in all media by regional artists and guest artists from around the world. Most items are available for purchase.

Graffiti House and Brandy Station
The Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863, was one of history's greatest cavalry engagements with over 20,000 troops, including 17,000 cavalry, engaged in battle. The Graffiti House served as a field hospital for both the North and the South during this and other local battles during the war. Soldiers from both sides made drawings and signed their names and units on the walls. Rediscovered in 1993 and recently renovated, much has been preserved.

Naval Museum (Hampton Roads)
One of ten museums operated by the U.S. Navy, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk covers more than 225 years of naval activity. Over fifty exhibits cover historic U.S. Naval events such as the Battle Off the Virginia Capes, the battle of the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac, the Atlantic Navy in World War II and much more. The museum's trademark artifact, the USS Wisconsin gives visitors a close look at what it was like to be a sailor aboard an Iowa-class battleship.

Harpers Ferry
The town today is charming and peaceful, but Harper's Ferry, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, has had a dramatic past. It is the site of John Brown's famous 1859 raid to arm a slave rebellion. And during the Civil War, control of the city by Confederate or Union forces changed eight times. The Appalachian Trail passes right through town. This is a favorite destination for history buffs, or for those seeking a quiet vacation or some fun canoeing or tubing in the river.

Plantations (James River)
Tour four historic landmark plantations: Westover, c. 1730, Edgewood, c. 1847, North Bend, c. 1819 and Piney Grove, c. 1790. All are located along the Virginia Route 5 Scenic Byway, between Williamsburg and Richmond. Westover features expansive views of the James River, Piney Grove offers informal gardens and a nature trail, Edgewood features a formal garden, and North Bend is set amidst cultivated fields.

Jefferson Vineyards
This winery is located on the site of Thomas Jefferson's original 1774 vineyard in Charlottesville and produces wine of national recognition.


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