Virginia is for Lovers

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 Ships

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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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History at Virginia State Parks

Mt. Bleak-Skye Farm in Sky Meadows State Park

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Start your vacation off with a bit of history.

Learn about the great leaders of our country at one of the eight estates of former U.S. Presidents, visit the hallowed grounds of a Virginia battlefield, uncover the true stories of some of Virginia's most important residents at a heritage site, tour all three fascinating destinations along the Historic Triangle, and travel the Crooked Road through Southwest Virginia for a musical history experience. 

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. Virginia historical sites each have their 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. Virginia history is America's history.

2019 Commemoration

American Evolution

American Evolution™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence American democracy, diversity and opportunity.

Historical Events of 1619:

  • 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

Many events and exhibits will honor these 1619 events and their impact over the past 400 years. Explore even more impactful places, people, and events that have shaped our Virginia history through the Virginia History Trails App.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello featured on Associated Press’ travel podcast “Get Outta Here!”

The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings gets new attention at his Virginia plantation, Monticello. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Gayle Jessup White, a descendant of both Jefferson and Hemings and now the community engagement officer for Monticello.

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