Virginia - Cultural Destinations

Virginia - Cultural Destinations

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Legacy Museum of African-American History
The Legacy Museum in Lynchburg offers rotating exhibitions and programs on all aspects of local African -American history and culture, from the first arrival of Africans in Central Virginia until the present day.

Michie Tavern Museum
Experience 18th-century tavern life at this restaurant and museum in Charlottesville.

Monacan Indian Living History Village at Natural Bridge
Journey back 300 years at this recreated Monacan Indian Village. Relive day-to-day life in a traditional Native American Woodland culture. Learn about shelter construction, hide tanning, mat and rope weaving, tool-making, gardening, harvesting, preparing meals, making pots, bowls and baskets. The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia in nearby Amherst includes about 1,000 members.

A visit to Virginia just isn't complete without a visit to Monticello. Tour Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and the beautiful surrounding grounds. A number of intact work buildings such as wash houses, a joinery and a nail factory are on the grounds, as is the cabin on Mulberry Row in the slave's quarters where Sally Hemmings lived.

The home of James and Dolly Madison, in Montpelier Station, is a 2,750-acre estate that includes farmlands, racecourses, a formal garden, a National Landmark forest and an active archaeological site.

Moses Myers House
Moses Myers was one of the U.S.'s first millionaires and was Norfolk's first permanent Jewish settler. His 1792 home is now a museum filled with period furniture and exhibits about the traditions of early Jewish immigrants.

Mount Vernon
Discover the home and farm of the first U.S. President. George Washington's family estate overlooks the Potomac River and offers a weekend's worth of sites and activities. The most famous dentures in the world are on permanent display, along with three life-size models of Washington created from a forensic studies of what he looked like at different times of his life. The grounds feature the restored Mansion, original outbuildings, the tomb where the Washingtons are buried, slave quarters, beautiful gardens and heritage breed animals who work at a four-acre farm site near the river. George Washington's Whiskey Distillery is now open, and is located adjacent to the Gristmill.

National Firearms Museum
Housed at the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, the firearms museum has more than 2,000 firearms on display, spanning 600 years. Among the items, a rifle belonging to sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
At this Petersburg landmark, you'll find four museums, three antebellum houses, costumed living history and hands-on experiences across a 442-acre campus. Be sure to visit what is considered one of the finest Civil War attractions in the country.

Pamunkey Indian Museum
Located on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in King William County, this museum exhibits tools, pottery and more, representing the Ice Age to the present. Pottery made by Pamunkey women in the traditional manner is available for purchase.


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