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 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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Start your summer vacations 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. 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 - Virginia to America - 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.

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