Though right outside of our nation’s capital, the Northern Virginia region has a history all of its own, ready for you to explore.

Welcome to Virginia’s Black Heritage Trail. A partnership with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, the Trail will guide you through many of the historical markers and cultural sites that make up the foundation of Virginia’s history.

Northern Virginians

Check out the under-told stories of these historic figures.


"The unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” - Hasan Davis, Author

James Leonard Farmer

"Courage, after all, is not being unafraid, but doing what needs to be done in spite of fear.”

Black History Attractions

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

  • Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Step right into the Museum's laboratory and see archaeologists at work reconstructing Alexandria's history, fragment by fragment…

Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM)

  • Fredericksburg Area Museum

Housed in historic Town Hall/Market House (c. 1816), FAM’s collection of objects span more than ten thousand years of…

James Madison's Montpelier

  • 11350 Constitution Highway

SEE WEBSITE FOR UP-TO-DATE DETAILS AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS. Montpelier is open 7 days/week, 9 am - 4 pm. House Tours on the hour…

Black-Owned Restaurants


  • 900 Princess Anne St

The dictionary defines a foodie as "a person keenly interested in food, especially in eating or cooking." That sums us up…

Delaplane Cellars

  • 2187 Winchester Rd

We are a small, boutique family winery focused on hand-crafted, artisanal wines primarily from a carefully selected handful of the…

Market Salamander

  • 200 West Washington St

Destination Restaurant. Described as a "working chefs market," Market Salamander offers much more than your typical market. To…

Sibby's Restaurant & Lounge

  • 11 S 2nd St

George & Sylvia Jolley have been catering BBQ for ten years.  They have now decided to take it to the next level by…

Sweet Zen7 Ice Dreamery & Health Bar

  • 12757 Braemar Village Plz

Our goal is to provide the best nature has to offer! Options such as natural & organic desserts, teas, coffee, Smoothie/Buddha…

Matchbox Potomac Mills

  • 2706 Potomac Mills Circle

Matchbox has won over loyal fans with a seasonally changing bistro menu, thin crust pizzas and juicy 3.6.9 mini burgers…