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Washington Monument State Park

Historical Sites, Museums, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Middletown, MD

On the summit of South Mountain, a spur of the Blue Ridge chain, stands the rugged stone tower known as The Washington Monument, the first monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. Washington Monument State Park offers an accessible picnic area, playground and museum.

Thoroughfare Gap Civil War Trails Site

Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Scott, VA

The Confederate columns, led by Jackson’s force, headed to this Bull Run Mountain pass after leaving The Plains. Jackson’s troops sprinted though Aug. 26 without a problem, putting distance between him and Longstreet, who lagged behind. By Aug. 28, there were lots of Federals in the areas, some of whom headed to the gap to […]

The Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter

Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

An open-air shelter provides orientation exhibits. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to key spots on the 1864 battlefield.

The Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill

Historic Towns & Villages, Historical Homes, Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Westminster, MD

Home of Shriver family for six generations, also Maryland Civil War Trails site. Mill produces stone-ground corn meal, wheat, buckwheat flour.

The Graffiti House

Historical Homes, Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Brandy Station, VA

Built as a residence for a local family, the Graffiti House was converted into a hospital after the Battle of Kelly’s Ford in March of 1863.

South Mountain State Park

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Boonsboro, MD

Located on the Ridge of South Mountain, the South Mountain State Park extends the length of the mountain from Pen-Mar to Weverton. Battle of South Mountain occurred on September 14, 1862. The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2178-mile long footpath that runs from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail in Maryland runs approximately 41 miles […]

South Mountain State Battlefield Park

Battle Sites, Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Scenic Drives and Trails

Middletown, MD

The State Battlefield park encompasses the three gaps (Crampton’s, Fox’s, and Turner’s gaps) that were the scene of the Sept 14, 1862 battle, just days before Antietam.

Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

Historic Towns & Villages, Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Biking, Camping, Hiking, Horse Country, Scenic Drives and Trails


Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park it’s hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nation’s capital. Take Skyline Drive along the crest of the mountains through the woods and past spectacular vistas. Hike in the shade of oak trees along the Appalachian Trail, discover […]

Oatlands Historic House & Gardens

Historical Homes, Historical Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails

Leesburg, VA

George Carter, descendant of one of Virginia’s first families, began the 3,408 acre Oatlands Plantation in 1798, and began building the classic Federal-style mansion in 1804, adding to and embellishing the house for nearly 30 years.

Mosby Heritage Area Organization

Battle Sites, Historical Homes, Historical Societies

Scenic Drives and Trails

Marshall, VA

Named for Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby who operated against Union forces in this area during the Civil War, this five-county heritage area is known for its scenic and historic landscape. The Mosby Heritage Area Association also produces interpretive programs, lectures, and a Civil War Conference.

Morven Park

Historical Sites, Museums

Horse Country, Scenic Drives and Trails

Leesburg, Virginia

Purchased in 1903 by Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis, the original residence at Morven Park was a small fieldstone farmhouse built around 1780. By the time the Davises purchased the property, it looked as it does today, with its impressive Greek Revival portico and massive columns.


Historical Homes, Historical Sites, Museums, Presidential Homes & Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails, Shopping

Bars & Cafes

Charlottesville, VA

Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States and noted architect and inventor. Jefferson began construction on his ‘little mountain’ home in 1769 and, after remodeling and enlarging the house, finally finished 40 years later in 1809.