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Familiarize yourself with America's first president at Mount Vernon or see where he interacted politically at Gadsby's Tavern Museum. If the American Civil War is of interest, you must visit Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of the first major battle of the war. Homes of great architectural significance can be found all over the region. Take your time and tour!
Alexandria | Arlington | Fairfax CountyLoudoun | Prince William & Manassas
Alexandria Archaeology Museum - The Museum displays the results of recent digs and interprets the results of ongoing research through exhibitions, video, publications, seminars and tours. Artifacts include a 13,000-year-old Clovis point, 18th- and 19th-century local pottery, and Civil War items.
Christ Church - This beautiful English country-style church was built between 1767-1773. It was attended by George Washington, whose pew is marked with a silver plaque, and Robert E. Lee. The surrounding gardens and cemetery were used by Union troops during the Civil War to graze their horses but the church itself was preserved as a sign of respect for George Washington.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum - Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations.
Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden - The Lee-Fendall House is architecturally stunning ith decorative arts and archival collections. Now restored to its early Victorian elegance, the house is interpreted as a Lee family home of the 1850-1870 period, presenting a study of 19th century family life.
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Arlington House / Robert E. Lee Memorial - Built by George Washington Custis, grandson of Martha Washington by her first marriage to Daniel Park Custis, Arlington House is located in Arlington National Cemetery, and was home of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Arlington National Cemetery - The cemetery covers 612 acres. Over 200,000 veterans and their dependents buried here represent every conflict in which the United States has fought. Memorial sites include Tomb of the Unknowns; the gravesite of John F. and Jacqueline B. Kennedy (the eternal flame); Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial; Mast of the U.S.S. Maine ("Remember the Maine!"); Confederate Memorial; and the Coast Guard Memorial Civilians notables include boxing champ Joe Louis; actor Lee Marvin; WWII's most decorated soldier Audie Murphy; ABC newscaster Frank Reynolds; and 27th president William Howard Taft.
Iwo Jima Memorial - The United States Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful nation's esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775. It is the largest cast-bronze statue in the world.
The National 9-11 Pentagon Memorial - Visitors can cross through a tunnel on foot from Pentagon City to the memorial site on the secure Pentagon reservation, where they are met by a series of benches, each one representing one of the individuals who died at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. An accompanying cell phone audio tour tells the story of how that day unfolded with personal accounts from survivors and emergency personnel.
Air Force Memorial - The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Air Force and its predecessor organizations, including the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps; the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps; the Division of Military Aeronautics, Secretary of War; the Army Air Service; the U.S. Army Air Corps; and the U.S. Army Air Forces. Located on a promontory in Arlington, overlooking the Pentagon and adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial is easily seen on the skyline of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
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Colvin Run Mill Historic Site - The historical area includes an early 19th century operating grist mill, miller's house featuring exhibits, general store selling gifts and penny candy and an activity barn. Tours of the mill, blacksmith demonstrations, educational programs, special events and outdoor concerts are held on the site.
Gunston Hall - Gunston Hall, constructed 1755-59, was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights (on which the United States Bill of Rights was based) and a framer of the United States Constitution. The life and times of this American patriot are vividly evoked by his magnificent house and 550 acres of grounds overlooking the Potomac River. The mansion is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture.
Mount Vernon - George Washington's Estate and Gardens - The riverside estate of George Washington now includes the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, new facilities with 25 galleries and theaters, more than 700 artifacts, and interactive displays that introduce visitors to the real George Washington. The most famous dentures in the world are on display, along with three life-size models of Washington created from a forensic investigation. The historic area features the restored Mansion, original outbuildings, the tomb where the Washingtons are buried, beautiful gardens, and heritage breed animals who work at a four-acre farm site near the river.
Pope Leighey: Frank Lloyd Wright House - Commissioned in 1939 by Loren Pope, Wright's innovative use of four natural materials created a sense of a large, more spacious abode - with only 1,200 square feet. The Pope-Leighey House today tells the story of Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative designs for a modestly-sized and affordable single-family house and how two families adapted the dwelling to fit their lifestyle. The house survives today as an example of preservation-in-action due to the combined efforts of Marjorie Leighey and the National Trust.
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Aldie Mill Historic Park - Aldie Mill (1807-1809) is Virginia's only known mill powered by tandem water wheels. The complex consists of the merchant mill, country mill, granary and store house. The mill hums with activity with demonstration grindng on the original French burr stones giving visitors a glimpse of Loudoun County's rich agricultural past.
Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park - This park is the site of Loudoun County's largest Civil War battle and one of the Nation's smallest national cemeteries. Hiking trails and interpretive displays aid in the understanding of this important and tragic part of American history.
Morven Park - Purchased in 1903 by Westmoreland Davis, Governor of Virginia from 1918-1922, Morven Park encompasses 1,100 acres of gardens, event fields, woodlands, equestrian facilities, historic buildings, and museums. Experience all that this remarkable place has to offer including the restored Governor’s home, the Museum of Hounds & Hunting, the Windmill Carriage Museum, the Equestrian Center and athletic field complex, and recreated huts from an original Civil War encampment site.
Oatlands Historic House and Garden - Built in 1804 by George Carter, a member of one of Virginia's first familes, Oatlands was a thriving plantation until the Civil War. In the 20th century, Oatlands became the country estate of the politically prominent Eustis family of Washington.
More Historic Sites in Loudoun
Ben Lomond Historic Site and Old Rose Garden - Built in 1837 and a prime example of Federal style architecture, this house sits within five miles of the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas. The main house was used as a Confederate hospital during and after the Battle of First Manassas. Union soldiers, campaigning through the area in 1862 left graffiti on the walls of the home.
Manassas National Battlefield Park - Site of the first major battlefield (also known as the Battle of Bull Run) of the Civil War--and the equally important Second Battle of Manassas (which convinced General Lee to invade the Union's own home ground)--the Park is a "must see" for anyone who truly wishes to gain a sense for the Civil War.
National Museum of the Marine Corps - The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps. Located adjacent to Quantico Marine Corps Base, the museum’s 210-foot tilted steel mast and glass atrium with suspended aircraft features is impressive for every age. Visitors learn about the history of the Marines by starting in the Leatherneck Gallery with hanging aircraft from the ceiling and tanks in the lobby. Journey into the first interactive exhibit that simulates the intensity of boot camp. Test your rifle skills with a laser-designated target acquisition M-16 at the rifle range. Feel the ground shake as you land on Iwo-Jima on D-Day in 1945 or brave the cold elements in the winter battlefield room depicting the Korean War.
The Manassas Railroad Depot - A part of the Manassas Museum System, this building now serves as the Historic Manassas Visitor's Center. The building also contains James and Marion Payne Railroad Heritage Gallery.
More Historic Sites in Manassas and Prince William
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