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Colonial Williamsburg


Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Virginia is for History Lovers

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Virginia is for History Lovers

Tredegar Civil War Center

Virginia is for History Lovers


Virginia is for History Lovers

Emancipation Oak

Virginia is for History Lovers

Carter Family Fold

Virginia is for History Lovers

Wilderness Road State Park

Virginia History

Virginia is an American history icon. Our country began here in 1607, and it's no surprise that the Old Dominion has more than its share of historic and historical sites, exhibits, monuments and legendary personas. Each has its own unique story, and nearly all have a friendly Virginia face to share their passion for the tale.

From the rivers of John Smith's explorations to the wilderness of the early westward pioneers, you'll find interesting diversions across the state. And for the casual browser or the serious history buff, the lone seeker or the family of enthusiasts, visitors will likely never exhaust the historical experiences available in Virginia. So dive right in and let the subjects below be your guide.

American Evolution 1619-20192019 Commemoration

It’s easy to remember Virginia as the “Birthplace of a Nation,” but many are not aware of the historic events that took place here in 1619, twelve years after the first colonists settled in Jamestown.

These events mark the beginning of our American Evolution and ongoing journey toward key ideals of Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity.

The 2019 Commemoration will observe the 400th anniversary of:

  • The first representative legislative assembly in the New World
  • Arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America
  • The First Official English Thanksgiving in North America
  • Arrival and expanding impact of women on the Virginia Colony
  • The Entrepreneurial and Innovative spirit of the Virginia Colony

The 2019 Commemoration will showcase these historic events through American Evolution programs, signature events, and legacy projects over the next three years. Visit for more information.

History Virginia is for History Lovers

Virginia Experiences

April 22nd, 2017
Within every Virginia vacation lies an opportunity to pair outdoor adventures, historic sites, beaches, or mountains with ...
April 18th, 2017
  Virginia is steeped in history, which can still be seen in historic structures that date back hundreds of years. ...
March 31st, 2017
Virginia is rich with history, so it’s no surprise that the practice of winemaking in the Commonwealth dates back to 1609, ...
March 23rd, 2017
  Many states in America boast historic connections, but none have a more deeply rooted claim to the origins of our ...
March 17th, 2017
  The food in any restaurant tells a distinct story, echoing the chef or owner’s roots, culture, and origins. Eating ...
March 8th, 2017
Image Credit: Visit Fairfax If you have traveled to Washington, D.C. in the early spring, you’re aware of the famously ...
February 13th, 2017
Eight U.S. Presidents were born in Virginia and most of their homes can be visited today. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, ...
January 19th, 2017
  Between the upcoming week of Inauguration events and the Women’s March on Washington happening in D.C. this Saturday, ...
January 13th, 2017
Virginia’s historic homes offer modern meeting amenities in beautiful settings. From 17th century estates to 19th century ...
January 11th, 2017
Discover the beauty of Virginia’s National Parks for free this year when you visit during any of the following fee-free ...

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