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Virginia is for History Lovers

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums

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Birthplace of Presidents

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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Historic Homes

George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Civil War History

Historic Tredegar in Richmond

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400+ Years of History

Jamestown Settlement Harbor

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The Crooked Road: Virginia's Music Heritage Trail

The Carter Family Fold

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Pioneer History and Westward Migration

Wilderness Road State Park

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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.

Virginia Experiences

September 18th, 2017
Virginia history is more than we have been taught. Many know Virginia as the mother of Presidents. It is also the place ...
September 5th, 2017
This article is the seventh in a series commemorating the American Evolution – Virginia to America 1619-2019 . See articles ...
September 1st, 2017
  September is Virginia Spirits Month, and while you can celebrate with a beverage made by a bartender at a Virginia ...
August 30th, 2017
This article is the sixth in a series commemorating the American Evolution – Virginia to America 1619-2019 . See articles ...
August 22nd, 2017
This article is the fifth in a series commemorating the American Evolution – Virginia to America 1619-2019 . See article ...
August 2nd, 2017
  This article is the fourth in a series commemorating the American Evolution – Virginia to America 1619-2019 . See ...
July 30th, 2017
The history of country music is still alive in the mountains in Hiltons, Virginia, where every Saturday night, the Carter ...
July 29th, 2017
Known as the “Birthplace of Country Music,” Bristol’s streets are almost always filled with the sounds of live ...
July 28th, 2017
  *Article researched and co-authored by Monica Mitchell.*   In the past 25 years, the craft beer market has ...
July 7th, 2017
The nickname “The Bluegrass State” may already be taken, but no thorough exploration of the genre’s sights and sounds would ...

History Virginia is for History Lovers

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