Few people know that Southern Virginia can claim Patrick Henry as one of their own. Visitors can learn about this courageous American at the Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial. Even less well known is the fact that the original “Gibson Girls” were from Southern Virginia. Tobacco magnate RJ Reynolds also calls this area home. Come and learn about these well known citizens as you tour a scenic part of our country.
Buggs Island Lake is Virginia’ largest lake and the home of Prestwould Plantation, constructed in 1760. This site has one of the largest collections of slave writings in the country and the wallpaper in the home is thought to be one of the best collections in the country.
After lunch in South Boston, a visit to Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial takes you to the home of this very famous founding father. Henry chose to retire here to live out his life in “one of the best garden spots in the world.”
Dinner and overnight accommodations in South Boston.
Travel to Danville, home of the Sutherlin Mansion. William Sutherlin was mayor and quartermaster during the Civil War. The mansion also served as the “Last Capital of the Confederacy” when President Jefferson Davis stopped here.
Danville is also home to the Gibson Girls, the models often held up as the fashion ideal at the turn of the century.
After lunch in Danville, drive to the restored birthplace of RJ Reynolds, founder of the tobacco company.
Dinner and overnight accommodations in Danville.
Booker T.Washington was born on a small tobacco farm in Southern Virginia in 1856. The National Monument Park dedicated to this great man provides a guided tour of the grounds of his boyhood home.
Travel north to Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat- Poplar Forest. There is a guided house tour as well as a self guided grounds tour.
In nearby Bedford, visitors can see the National D-Day Memorial, a moving tribute to heroes.