Built in the spring of 1863 by Union forces, this fort is one of two in the area – the other being the Confederate-built Mayfield Fort. Named for a nearby stream, Cannon Branch was one of several earthwork forts constructed alongside the Orange & Alexandria Railroad as protection for the rail line that carried supplies […]
Cannon Branch Earthwork Fort
River & Trail Outfitters
River & Trail Outfitters offers a variety of trips for your outdoor fun! For over 40 years, they have offered whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, ziplining, biking, camping, team-building, hiking trips, and food & drink paddling tours.
Ernie’s Texas Lunch
Blue Parrot Bistro
Understated and comfortably hip, with a bar in front and a single pool table between the bar and dining room, which is lined on both sides with booths. For lunch, a variety of soups, sandwiches, and salads—the chicken souvlaki salad is a yummy garlicky pile of food. Dinner entrees include vegetarian selections. Music at night.
This family-style restaurant is a Gettysburg tradition; good homemade food in an immaculate dining room.
Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Across from the battlefield visitor center, this peaceful knoll overlooking the town is where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863. The cemetery came about of necessity.
Yes, Lincoln really did sleep here. This three-story brick Federal is the home where President Lincoln stayed on the occasion of his cemetery dedication address.
Woodberry Forest, The Residence
This compact plantation house was built circa 1793 for William Madison, member of the Virginia House of Delegates for seven consecutive terms and brother of President James Madison.
Winery at La Grange
The red brick three and a half story La Grange manor house built in the 1790’s and has survived numerous owners and finally has come to rest as Prince William County/Manassas first modern-day established winery. Wine tasting $5. Year-round events and classes are scheduled.
In operation since 1786, White’s Ferry is the last working ferry on the Potomac River. A widely used means of crossing the river (and a shortcut) between Maryland and Virginia since its inception. Today, commuters use the ferry daily, where 24 vehicles can be transported at a time.
Washington Monument State Park
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.
Incorporated in 1810, Warrenton retains the character of a crossroads Town with charm and character in its built environment. Over 300 historic sites are preserved within the local Historic District; though local, national, and international history fill every pocket of the Town’s 4 square-miles. Any given point in Warrenton has decades of history surrounded by […]
There have been seven courthouses in Warrenton since becoming the seat for Fauquier County in 1795. The original Courthouse is thought to have been located somewhere in the area of the Warrenton Cemetery constructed around 1759 then moved to Culpeper Road around 1764. The third construction finally brought the courthouse to Main Street in 1765 […]
The Warrenton Cemetery began as a family burial ground in the early 19th century then was sold to the Town in 1828. Since then, the cemetery has evolved into an 18 acre walkable timeline with over 8,000 known burial sites including prominent political, military, and cultural figures. Landscaped paths accentuate the natural elements of the […]
Virginia Discovery Museum
The Virginia Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum for young children and their families. Lots of fun things to do and see, including an authentic 18th century log cabin, art studio, train play area, toddler room and changing exhibits.
University of Virginia Academical Village
Thomas Jefferson believed the college experience should take place within an “academical village,” a place where interaction between scholars and students enlivened the pursuit of knowledge.
Established in 1855 on the immediate outskirts of Leesburg, Union cemetery was created as a public cemetery open to people of all faiths.
Thoroughfare Gap Civil War Trails Site
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 […]
Thomas Balch Library
A history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. Collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. The collection includes books, periodicals, maps, photographs, newspapers, and manuscripts. Lectures on history and genealogy offered in the fall, […]
The Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter
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 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Tripadvisor’s #1 attraction in Hagerstown, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has offered free admission for 90 years and its eight galleries are filled with a diverse collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative art. Set in beautiful, historic City Park, the museum has a rich permanent collection with strengths in American art (including iconic […]
The Upperville, VA
The Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill
Home of Shriver family for six generations, also Maryland Civil War Trails site. Mill produces stone-ground corn meal, wheat, buckwheat flour.
The Rupp House
Through interactive exhibits that use sight, sound, touch and even smell, Rupp House History Center guests are able to immerse themselves in 19th-century culture and learn about the civilians and the soldiers who struggled here and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Plains, VA
George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor
George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor offers tours of the restored former home of General George C. Marshall, Architect of Allied Victory for World War II, Special Ambassador to China, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Nobel Peace Laureate. Ninety percent of the furnishings and memorabilia are original to the Marshall period of residency, from […]
The Graffiti House
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.
The Fairfield Inn 1757
Located on the Confederate Retreat from Gettysburg, July 4, 1863, the Inn was built over 250 years ago and is one of only five in America that has been in continuous operation since the 1700’s.
Following the Civil War, the Reverend Dr. Nathan Cook Brackett established a Freewill Baptist primary school in the Lockwood House on Camp Hill. The school was open to all regardless of sex, race or religion.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Prior to Independence, the predecessor of the American Episcopal Church was the Anglican Church, known generally as the Church of England. Virginia law required its colonists to attend and support that church, which made it unpopular with many of them.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
When the Anglican Church was established by law, Baptists were often imprisoned for preaching without licenses. In 1769 Culpeper officials imprisoned James Ireland for preaching without a commission from the ecclesiastical/civil authorities.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
During the Civil War, St. Paul’s Church was used by Union troops of the United States Army. The building and its interior furnishings were used as barricades and for firewood. The building also served as a hospital and for cooking purposes. Following the war, the Vestry sued the United States Government for compensation and was […]
Spotsylvania County Visitors Center At Massaponax
South Mountain State Park
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
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.
Soldier’s National Museum
A showcase of the Civil War, the Soldier’s National Museum displays a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from not only the Civil War, but other major American conflicts. The museum also features beautifully crafted miniature dioramas of ten major conflicts of the Civil War as well as a life-sized narrated Confederate encampment. The museum […]
A Confederate observation post here warned of the Union effort to turn the flank of the Southern position during the initial stages of the First Battle of Manassas. It was the first use of wig-wag signals during wartime.
Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive
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 […]
Shadwell Estate Historic Marker
Peter Jefferson acquired the land in 1735, and built the house about 1737. Thomas Jefferson was born here, April 13, 1743. He lived here, 1743-1745, and 1752-1770. The house burned in 1770, and Jefferson then moved to Monticello.
Scottsville Museum brings our town’s history to life, from its beginnings as an 18th century James River settlement to its shining era as a bustling 19th century river and canal port.
Scottsville Historic District
Comprised of almost one hundred old buildings, the Scottsville Historic District is a wonderful reminder of 18th and 19th century life in rural Virginia. Almost half of the homes and buildings that remain date to before the Civil War, and tourists can delight in the quiet of the riverfront, or enjoy the small shops and […]
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
Schifferstadt is one of America’s finest examples of German colonial architecture. Built ca. 1750, the stone manor house is the earliest known home in Frederick City and is unique for its five plate stove which is the only example in the world in its original position. The house and Heritage Gardens hold living history events […]
Sach’s Covered Bridge
Located off Pumping Station Road, this bridge is thought to have been built by David Stoner in 1852. Used by both Union and Confederate Troops during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863. Visitors today can walk across the lattice bridge, which spans 100 feet in length. For more information, please contact info@gettysburg.
Round Hill, VA
Rose Hill Manor Park & Children’s Museum
Rose Hill Manor was built 1789-1792 by the daughter and son-in-law of Governor Thomas Johnson, a close friend and associate of George Washington. Johnson lived at Rose Hill during the last years of his life.
Roger Brooke Taney House
The Roger Brooke Taney House, a historic site of the Historical Society of Frederick County, interprets the property owned by Roger Brooke Taney (1815-1823), a Frederick lawyer who later served as the fifth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
The Red Fox Inn & Tavern
Rappahannock County Courthouse
This is an antebellum courthouse built in 1834 by one of Thomas Jefferson’s workman at the University of Virginia. It continues to serve Rappahannock County.
Pry House Field Hospital Museum
This Museum is dedicated to telling the medical story of the Civil War- a story of care and healing, courage and devotion amidst the death and destruction of America’s bloodiest war. This Museum also focuses on the medical changes that came from Antietam and South Mountain and how today they still shape modern day emergency […]
Point of Rocks, MD
Point of Rocks Railroad Station
Fine Victorian railroad station, late 1800s. Used today by MARC passenger trains. Call or visit Website for information on traveling in and around Frederick County.
Pine Knot was the country retreat of Theodore and Edith Roosevelt and their children from 1905 to 1908 during his term as President as a rural retreat from the fast-paced environment of Washington, D.C.
Paeonian Springs, VA
Orange Historic Downtown
In 1749, the unincorporated town of Orange Court House became the county seat. The Town was incorporated in 1872; in 1890, the official name was shortened to Orange.
Old Jail Museum
Formerly the Fauquier County jail, the original four-cell jail was built in 1808. In 1823, a larger stone jail was built just to the rear of the older structure and the 1808 jail was then converted into a house for the jailor.
Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
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.
Oakley and Fat Nancy Wreck Historical Markers
The first marker recognizes the significance of the Oakley residence, the central portion of which was built by Dr. Richard Thomas shortly after he bought the surrounding land in 1843.
Oak Hill, VA
James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth President of the United States, began the construction of Oak Hill, his Loudoun County mansion, between 1820 and 1823 and lived here following his presidency until 1830, the year before he died.
National Sporting Library & Museum
The National Sporting Library & Museum, located in beautiful, historic Middleburg, Virginia, is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling and field sports.
National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized or made a Catholic Saint.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
While outside the boundaries of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, the museum interprets the history of the Marine Corps, US Marines storming the armory at Harpers Ferry, WV after its capture by abolitionist John Brown on Oct. 18, 1859. Learn how the Marine Corps have evolved over the past 200 years through […]
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The Museum is the premiere repository of exhibits and artifacts devoted to the technological and procedural advances made in the medical field during the Civil War. It utilizes its collection to heighten public awareness of the modern medical practices that originated on the battlefields and in the hospitals of this once-divided country. Call for hours: […]
Museum of Frederick County History
The Museum is located in a restored two-story home built in 1820, by Frederick physician Dr. John Baltzell, in the heart of Historic Downtown Frederick. It is also the office of the Historical Society of Frederick County.
Mt. Airy, MD
Mount Olivet Cemetery / Francis Scott Key Monument
Established in 1854, Mount Olivet Cemetery contains the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Monocacy.
Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association
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.
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.
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.
Monocacy National Battlefield
Known as the “Battle That Saved Washington”, the battle of Monocacy in 1864 between 18,000 Confederate forces under General Jubal Early, and 5,800 Union forces under General Lew Wallace, marked the last campaign of the Confederacy to carry the war into the north.
Miller School of Albemarle
Samuel Miller established The Miller School, originally known as The Miller Manual Labor School in 1874 to provide a first-rate education for children from Albemarle County and the surrounding area, regardless of financial condition.
Miller House and Gardens
The property was acquired in 1823 and today its exhibits include several bedrooms with furnishings from the 1850’s – 1870’s, papers and historic items of the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The Miller House Library contains many early documents and church records of Washington County.
McLean House and Farm Civil War Trails Site
The home of the Wilmer McLean stood near this intersection and became the headquarters for Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard July 18, 1861, when the Battle of Blackburn’s Ford erupted.
Mayfield Earthwork Fort
Mayfield Earthwork Fort occupies eleven acres of ground just outside of downtown Manassas. Its Civil War history begins in the spring of 1861 when the Confederate Army arrived and built an earthwork fort here, one of 12 in the area meant to protect the railroad junction. It was named Mayfield, after the home of the […]
Given “to the Masons of Culpeper County” under the will of American Revolutionary War hero General Edward Stevens in 1820, the original one-acre Stevens family burial site has grown to over seven acres. In addition to General Stevens’ graves are those of many prominent Culpeper families such as Button, Waite, Kyle, Reams, Guinn, and Hudson […]
Mansion House Museum
Situated in one of the most beautiful city parks in America is a Georgian-style mansion house built by John Heyser in 1846. The massive house with its large, inviting wrap-around porch is built of native limestone and bricks.
Manassas National Battlefield Park
The 5,000-acre tract bordered by Bull Run was the scene of two Confederate victories. The First Battle of Manassas, fought in 1861, was the opening engagement of the Civil War and pitted Union Brigadier General Irvin McDowell’s unseasoned troops against ill-trained but spirited Confederates under Joseph E. Johnston and Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard.
The Manassas Museum got its start in 1974 in a small brick building on Main Street in the heart of historic downtown. By the late 1980s the collections and exhibits needed a modern, bigger space. A new building was constructed on Prince William Street, opening in 1991. Today, the Museum collection numbers over 8,000 objects […]
Manassas Industrial School
Located on four acres of ground just west of downtown, this historic site tells one of the most remarkable stories in Manassas’ history. Central to the story is Miss Jane “Jennie” Serepta Dean. Born enslaved in Prince William County ca. 1850, Dean went on after the Civil War to establish several churches and Sunday Schools […]
Majestic Performing Arts Center
Eighty years ago, the doors of the Majestic Theater opened for the first time, welcoming audiences to the largest vaudeville and silent movie theater in south-central Pennsylvania.
Lucasville School (1885-1926) is a reconstructed one-room school dedicated to interpreting post-Civil War African-American education in Prince William County, Virginia.
Lovettsville Historical Society Museum
The museum preserves and promotes the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and its surrounding area. We offer a number of displays of historical items and provide information regarding Lovettsville’s past and present families, homes, buildings, business, and organizations.
The Loudoun Museum interprets the county’s cultural history with permanent and changing exhibits, tours, and special events. The restored c. 1767 log cabin is used for groups, interpretation, and special programs. The Museum is located in two 19th century buildings at the corner of Loudoun and Wirt Streets in historic downtown Leesburg. Convenient parking is […]
Little Fork Episcopal Church C. 1774-1776
Also known as Oak Shade Church, Little Fork Church is the oldest standing church building in Culpeper County, and the County’s only Colonial church.
Lincoln Train Museum
The museum includes the Spirit of Lincoln and the History of America and displays a large train collection including operating layouts and dioramas featuring the Lincoln Funeral Special. Museum dioramas present historic moments of this great nation. Guests can experience the new Lincoln Train Ride where you ride the simulated Lincoln Funeral train with the […]
Burial site of Gettysburg’s African American citizens and Civil War veterans. In keeping with the laws and customs of the times, African American veterans were denied the honor of being buried in the National Cemetery.
Liberty Heritage Society Museum
This small museum, located on historic Main Street in Old Town Warrenton, features changing exhibits on life beginning in the mid-1700’s through the Civil War and the war’s aftermath.
Constructed in 1825, Liberia was the home of William Weir and his wife, Harriet Bladen Mitchell Weir. Built largely by enslaved laborers, this two-story brick house is the one of the few remaining early nineteenth century structures in Manassas. Liberia’s Civil War history is well documented in the historical record. Graffiti, left behind by Union […]
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia came into being in 1997 through a gift by American businessman, John W. Kluge. Mr. Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988 and compiled one of the foremost private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world.
Kennedy Farm (John Brown’s Headquarters)
Kennedy Farm, Maryland a national historic landmark, used during the summer of 1859 by John Brown and his Provisional Army of the United States. From this house in 1859, John Brown, the storied abolitionist, seized the Federal Armory at Harpers Ferry, just across the Potomac River. Recently restored, this log house is on the National […]
Jug Bridge Monument Park
Roadside park showcasing historic stone demijohn from the original Jug Bridge, with picnic tables and a marker commemorating Lafayette’s visit to Frederick.
Jennie Wade House Museum
With but few minor changes and repairs, the Jennie Wade House Museum remains much as Jennie (the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg) must have known it more than 140 years ago. Authentically furnished from cellar to attic, the museum is not only a shrine to a heroic martyr but has become a […]
Jefferson County Courthouse
The site of the 1859 trial of John Brown after his raid and subsequent capture at Harpers Ferry. Brown was found guilty of conspiring with slaves to rebel, of murder and of treason against Virginia. Sentenced to death, Brown was hanged near the courthouse and his body was removed by train to his farm in […]
James Madison’s Montpelier
The lifelong home of James Madison, “Father of the Constitution” and fourth President of the United States, was also home to three generations of the Madison family from 1723 to 1844. The mansion core was built by Madison’s father c.1760.
One of the oldest towns in the country and was named after David Hunter, a Revolutionary War soldier.
Holladay House Bed and Breakfast
Circa 1830. Now a bed and breakfast, the namesake of this Federal structure, Dr. Lewis Holladay, purchased the home in 1899. Now a Virginia Bed and Breakfast inn, the Holladay House is one of the two oldest standing structures in historic downtown Orange, VA, and is registered with the National Register of Historic Places as […]
Historic Tate Farm
The restored farmhouse and formal garden was the scene of trade with the Indians and settlers along Beaver Dam Creek and later part of the Gettysburg Campaign. On July 2, 1863 Union and Confederate cavalry collided head on here. Washington had his horse shod at the farm’s blacksmith shop on his return from quelling the […]
Historic Gettysburg Train Station
The head house was built in 1859 and served as the western terminus of the Gettysburg Railroad line to Hanover, Pennsylvania. The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station is free and open to the public with special exhibits through the year.
Completed in 1780, this National Historic Site held captured German soldiers during the Revolution, then it housed a state armory, the county fair, a Civil War hospital, and the first building of Maryland School for the Deaf. Museum exhibits weapons, Civil War militaria, a hearth kitchen, and an antique classroom.
The Haymarket Museum chronicles the story of a small, 19th century town and its surrounding agricultural community.
Harpers Ferry, WV
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry witnessed John Brown’s attack on slavery in 1859, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves at Storer College, one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.
Hall of Presidents & First Ladies
Here in one collection, is the history of America as revealed by our Presidents, meticulously reproduced in wax in every detail. The figures, using the magic of light and sound, tell the story of America from their perspective. The Smithsonian collection of “First Ladies Inaugural Gowns” is authentically reproduced in The Hall of First Ladies. […]
Preserves and restores railway equipment, including steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and other rolling stock. The public is invited every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm to enjoy the exhibits, which include pictures, lights, lanterns, bells, whistles and other railroading items. The museum also boasts a complete gift shop, library/research room, […]
Greene County Courthouse
A visitor to Greene County cannot help but be charmed by a visit to the County Courthouse. Located in the small county seat of Stanardsville, the Greene County Courthouse is one of several Roman Revival courthouses found throughout the region.
Greenbrier State Park
The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. Picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and four lakefront rental gazebos are available in the day use area. The Park offers campsites conveniently located near bathhouses with hot showers.
Famous for the battle over the first three days of July 1863, history is alive and well in Gettysburg. Explore, examine and experience the history of the Civil War through battlefield tours, living history attractions and numerous museums. While you’re here, spend time strolling the streets of Gettysburg for eclectic shops with hand-made artistic offerings, […]
Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities.
Flint Hill, VA
Great Conewago Presbyterian Church
Historic Great Conewago Presbyterian Church has been in continuous use since 1787. During the Battle of Gettysburg, it served as a confederate infirmary and binding station. In 1870, general repairs included new pulpit furniture, carpeting, new pews and oil lamps.
George Gilmore, a former enslaved African at Montpelier, built this home after his emancipation. George and his wife, Polly, leased the land from Dr. James Madison (a great-nephew of President Madison) in the late 1860s.
Gettysburg National Military Park
The Battle of Gettysburg (a Union victory) was a turning point in the Civil War. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy”, it was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured or missing). It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his famous Gettysburg Address.
Gettysburg Heritage Center
Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining experience for families and tour groups of all ages.
Chartered in 1832, the campus of the then-named Pennsylvania College totaled three buildings and served a student body of little more than 100 young men. In July of 1863, the campus was thrown into the midst of the fight, providing shelter for the wounded and dying as a field hospital.
Gettysburg Battlefield Diorama
The Gettysburg History Center proudly presents The Battle of Gettysburg in a truly unique and orignal light and sound show that is fully narrated. The three days of the epic battle are presented across a three dimensional landscape that is the largest military diorama in the United States.
Germanna Colonies Memorial
The Germanna Visitor Center and Library building is one of the jewels of Germanna. The Germanna Visitor Center is located on Virginia Route #3 adjacent to the Germanna Community College’s main campus which is built on land donated by the Germanna Foundation to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of building the college. The […]
George Washington Carver Regional High School
African Americans throughout Virginia lobbied persistently for better education, yet progress came slowly. Culpeper and Orange offered very limited secondary programs, while Greene, Madison, and Rappahannock did not extend beyond seventh grade.
George Rogers Clark Historic Marker
A mile north was born George Rogers Clark, defender of Kentucky and conqueror of the Northwest, November 19, 1752.
General Lee’s Headquarters
Civil War Museum housed in the Gettysburg headquarters of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It was in this house that Gen. Lee & his staff planned the Battle of Gettysburg. Tour the museum’s exhibits located in this historic structure. Artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War are showcased. Visitors will also find […]
Gathland State Park and War Correspondents
Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. It is the site of a unique collection of buildings and structures that he designed and constructed, some of which have been restored.
Gambrill State Park
Gambrill State Park, located west of Frederick, provides miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails with stunning overlooks of the surrounding area. A 34-campsite, four-camper cabin campground is available seasonally. See beautiful views from three overlooks, picnic shelters for rent, and the Tearoom, available for reservations. Some facilities are handicapped accessible.
Lest We Forget’, is the motto of this museum, where visitors can enjoy an array of memorabilia, photography, artifacts, and interactive displays detailing U.S. military involvement in 20th century wars and conflicts.
Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitors Center
The visitor center contains exhibits, a 22-minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the 1862 battle. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield including Chatham Manor.
Frederick Historic District
Frederick was a regional market and industrial center well into the 20th century. During the Civil War, Frederick was witness to three Confederate invasions, thirty-eight skirmishes and two major battles (South Mountain and Monocacy) as hundreds of thousands of soldiers marched through the community.
As a sharpshooters post, the building shows the scars of more than 100 bullet holes. Ghost stories in cellar and candlelight walks at the Inn/Bed & Breakfast and Farnsworth House Inn Restaurant. Civil War period dining experience. Some specialties include game pie, peanut soup, spoon bread and pumpkin fritters. Period fare served by period dressed […]
Farmer’s Delight is a country estate dating back to pre-Revolutionary America. The house itself was built in the 1790’s by Colonel Joseph Flavius Lane (1756 – 1803) on a five hundred acre parcel of land that can be traced to the original King Charles II 1661 land grant of 5,282,000 Virginia acres to seven English […]
Fairview is a beautiful cemetery which dates back to the 1800’s. Its rolling acres have met the needs and desires of many who seek a peaceful and well-maintained burial place.
Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum
Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Orange & Alexandria Railroad. Current Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm
Ewell’s Chapel Civil War Trails Site
A Federal trap set for John S. Mosby June 22 1863, failed to capture the Confederate partisan and his rangers. A Union casualty of the little fight is buried near the chapel. Near here Confederate Gen. Richard Ewell was brought from the Second Manassas Battlefield to recover from his amputation.
William Jones built Ellwood circa 1790, and he or his descendants would own the place for the next century. In 1825, Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette dined at Ellwood during his triumphant tour of America. Other founding fathers, such as James Madison and James Monroe, may have stopped here, too.
Eisenhower National Historical Park
Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the home and farm of President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower served as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. The 690 acre site includes four farms, three of which were used by President Eisenhower for his show herd of Black Angus cattle.
Edgehill Plantation Historic Marker
The land was patented in 1735. The old house was built in 1790; the new in 1828. Here lived Thomas Mann Randolph, Governor of Virginia, 1819-1822, who married Martha, daughter of Thomas Jefferson.
Douglass High School
Douglass High School symbolizes the quiet tenacity and sense of purpose evinced by Loudoun County’s black citizens in their determination to secure a high standard of secondary education for their children.
Dobbin House Tavern
Built in 1776, the Dobbin House is “…Beautifully and Authentically Restored” and open to the public as a colonial restaurant. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it consistently wins Mobil Guide’s highest area rating.
Depot (c. 1904) Culpeper Visitors Center
In 1852, the Orange and Alexandria Railroad built two depots at this location, one on the east side of the tracks for freight and one on the west side of the tracks for passengers. Although these buildings survived the Civil War, including the Battle of Culpeper Courthouse on September 13, 1863, the occupation and fighting […]
David Wills House
The three-story home of Gettysburg attorney David Wills, built about 1816, was the center of the immense clean-up process after the Battle of Gettysburg and where President Lincoln stayed before giving his Gettysburg Address, the speech that transformed Gettysburg’s community from a place of devastation to the symbol of our nation’s “new birth of freedom.”
Cunningham Falls State Park
The Park is known for its history and scenic beauty, as well as its 78-foot cascading waterfall (locally known as McAfee Falls) – the largest cascading waterfall in the State of Maryland. The park was originally part of the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area created by the federal government in 1936, to demonstrate the restoration of […]
Culpeper National Cemetery
Established on April 13, 1867, it was dedicated as the final resting place for the heroes of the United States who fell in battle or died of disease during the Civil War in the surrounding Culpeper area.
Culpeper County Courthouse
Soon after the county was formed in 1749, a frame courthouse was constructed on the northeast corner of Main and Davis streets. In 1808, this unsafe building was demolished, and a two-story brick building was erected on the same site.
Court Square of Charlottesville
Buildings within the historic Court Square include 300 Court Square, which is the site of the Eagle Tavern, a simple wooden frame building which stood there in 1791. The brick replacement, which visitors can see today, provided food and lodging on court days, as well as public dances and victory celebrations within its spacious parlor.
This house served as headquarters for Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston following the Battle of First Manassas in 1861. A year later, the home was a occupied by Union troops as Stonewall Jackson advanced to the old battlefield prior to the Battle of Second Manassas. The Conner House is currently in the process of being restored […]
In 1867, an acre of land was donated as a resting place for Southern soldiers. A year later more than 250 fallen soldiers had been laid to rest here. The cemetery features a statue of a Confederate soldier under which a majority of the soldiers are buried. The Manassas Public Library has a list of […]
Christ Episcopal Church Glendower
No more charming example of the Jeffersonian idiom survives than this small but highly polished rural Episcopal Church erected in 1831-32 in southern Albemarle County.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park/ Trail
The C&O Canal, built between 1828 and 1850, runs 184.5 miles from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD and operated as a commercial waterway until 1924. Over 1,300 historical structures including lockhouses, stone aqueducts, dams, pumphouses and a 3,118 foot long brick-lined tunnel remain along the canal.
Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall
Located in historic downtown Charlottesville, it is one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation.
Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitors Center
Contains exhibits, 22-minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the 1863 battle. A seven mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield including Salem Church and the Stonewall Jackson Shrine.
Located in a 100 year old candy factory, ARTfactory contains an art gallery with rotating exhibits, theater and classes.
Chapman’s Mill/Beverly Mill
Chapman’s Mill, or as it is frequently called, Beverley’s Mill, was believed to be the tallest stacked stone building in the United States and was built in 1742 by Jonathan and Nathaniel Chapman in Thoroughfare Gap on the Prince William-Fauquier County line. In 1861 the Confederates used the mill as a meat curing center and […]
Cedar Mountain Battlefield
The 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain, also known as the Battle of Slaughter’s Mountain or Cedar Run, involved 22,000 Confederate troops, under command of Major General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.
Catoctin Furnace/Cunningham Falls State Park
In operation from 1776 to 1903, the Catoctin Iron Furnace was a community in itself. Founders, miners, clerks, charcoal makers, storekeepers, teamsters, and others came together under the iron master’s supervision. A furnace stack, the iron master’s Manor House ruins, and self-guided trail.
An historic canal structure of great importance to the transportation, structural, cultural and social fabric of Frederick County, the Village of Lander, the C&O Canal, the State of Maryland and our nation. The Catoctin Aqueduct site is where, in 1832, two arch rivals, the C&O Canal and B&O Railroad, first competed to concurrently cross at […]
Built circa 1797, the Cashtown Inn served as the first stage coach stop west of Gettysburg along the newly constructed Chambersburg Turnpike.
Carroll County Visitor Center
Browse brochures for many sites in the county, along with some brochures for other counties in Maryland. Free Carroll County and Maryland maps are available.
Carollton Manor (Tuscarora/St. Josephs Church)
Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, who was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, provided a chapel at Tuscarora in 1764. The cemetery, adjoining the church, contains many unmarked graves of the Irish laborers of the C&O canal and B&O Railroad, who fell victim to the cholera epidemics of 1822 and 1832. The marked […]
Adjacent to the Museum of Culpeper History. The Burgandine House (c.1750) is the oldest house in the town of Culpeper and is open to visitors. The Museum grounds provide a beautiful setting to reflect on the day and plan your next adventure.
Bull Run Mountains Nature Preserve
Straddling the Fauquier/Prince William County line, the Preserve occupies 2,486 acres of rocky ridges and steep valleys. The varied topography and geology of the site yield several forest and woodland community types with excellent wildlife viewing.
Buckland Historic District
The site now known as Buckland had long been a site of significance for trade and transportation, due to its position on Broad Run and its relationship to a network of pre-colonial Indian paths that extended north-south through several eastern states.
Brunswick Railroad Museum
Features huge, interactive HO scale model railroad depicting B&O passenger line from Union Station, DC to Brunswick Freight Classification Yards. Railroad equipment and memorabilia, social history exhibits, photographs, Victorian costumes, furnishings, toy, baseball, and medical history.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
40-acre Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park features a scenic pond, and nearly three-miles of walking and equestrian trail winding through woods and meadows. During the Civil War, Confederate forces suffered a bloody defeat at this site when they attacked Federal troops posted behind the embankment of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad. More than 200 soldiers from […]
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
A former Prince William County seat, this historic area served as a hub for activity for more than 75 years. The Brentsville site consists of 28 acres with five historic buildings and various archaeological sites.
Brandy Station Battlefield
The Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War and the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent. It was also the first battle of the war’s most famous campaign – Gettysburg.
Boonsborogh Museum of History
Unique collection of historical objects of local and national significance, plus Civil War relics, the evolution of firearms and American Indian artifacts.
Located on the campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf, the Bjorlee Museum is one of Frederick’s newest exhibits.
Ben Lomond Historic Site & Old Rose Garden
Built in 1832 and a prime example of Federal style architecture, this house sits within two miles of the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas. The walls bear authentic signatures of Union soldiers. The Confederate Army used it as a hospital following the First Battle of Manassas. Inspired by a French garden, this 5,200 sq. […]
Beatty Cramer House
This c.1732 Frederick County, Maryland site features an unusual timber-frame and brick building with an interesting variety of early architectural construction techniques and details, an 18th century spring house, and a smokehouse.
Battle of Kettle Run
As Stonewall Jackson’s troops occupied and looted the railroad junction at Manassas Aug 27, 1862, Federal forces approached his rear guard at Kettle Run. The Confederates there managed to delay the Union force before withdrawing to the junction and then to the old Manassas battlefield. Visible 24-hours a day.
The wines of Barboursville Vineyards are consistently honored in competitions and demanded by wine stewards. The Inn is the only place on earth where the house within sight of your bedroom is a historic landmark designed by Thomas Jefferson. Palladio Restaurant is respected by food enthusiasts of every generation and critical perspective, extending to the […]
Barboursville Ruins is the only building in Orange County known to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson. It was constructed between 1814 and 1822 for Jefferson’s friend James Barbour, Governor of Virginia (1812-1814).
Barbara Fritchie House
The museum is the reconstructed house of Barbara Fritchie, heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem from the Civil War. “Shoot if you must, this old gray head, but spare your country’s flag,” she said while leaning out an upstairs window.
Ball’s Bluff Regional Park and National Cemetery
Confederate and Union troops met in battle at Ball Bluff in 1861. A Union raiding party crossed the Potomac at Ball Bluff with the mission of raiding a Confederate camp that was actually a row of trees that had been mistaken for tents.
James Monroe’s Highland
James Monroe’s Highland is a historic house museum at the homestead of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States. At the suggestion of his friend and mentor Thomas Jefferson, Monroe purchased the land nearby Jefferson Monticello for his plantation, which he named Highland, in 1793.
Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam was the Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
Albemarle County Courthouse
The courthouse was first established in 1762, on land donated by Dr. Thomas Walker. The grounds of the courthouse once held a whipping post, pillory and stocks, as was typical of the time.
Afro-American Historical Association
AAHA is an organization designed for the purpose of teaching a complete and accurate history of the United States by including the influences of African Americans, Native Americans of both North and South America, and European Americans. Museum exhibits hold valuable photographs and artifacts, important to Fauquier County’s local history, as well as our Nation’s […]
1859 Orange Courthouse
A radical departure from the traditional Classical style Virginia courthouse, this building illustrates the public acceptance of exotic taste in late antebellum times.
A.P. Hill Boyhood Home
Confederate Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill (1825-1865) lived in the original portion of this house, situated at the corner of Main and West Davis streets, from age seven until 1842, when he entered the U.S. Military Academy.
Adams County Historical Society
The Adams County Historical Society works to identify, preserve, and tell the stories of the people, organizations, businesses, and events that have shaped Adams County, Pennsylvania. As a result, the Historical Society is sometimes affectionately referred to as the county’s attic – a repository of rich, local, cultural heritage.
The Proprietor Corporal William Michie was at Valley Forge when he received an urgent message to return home. Leaving behind the winter encampment, Michie commenced the tedious journey to Virginia only to learn upon his arrival that his ailing father had passed on.
The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
A unique historic site unlike any other, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the home of the first American-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton.
The Museum & Research Center is located in the 1820’s home of Frederick physician Dr. John Baltzell, in the heart of Historic Downtown Frederick. Discover the rich history of Frederick County and its role that it has played in the nation. Journey through the county’s struggles, triumphs and entertainments spanning the colonial period to the […]
Mosby Heritage Area Association
The c.1801 Caleb Rector House was the site of the formation of the 43rd Virginia Cavalry, Mosby’s Rangers, in 1863. It also was a Civil War hospital and the site of two separate encampments of JEB Stuart in June 1863 during the Battle of Upperville. It currently houses the Mosby Heritage Area, which has been […]
Shriver House Museum
Dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg, the Shriver House Museum is situated in the heart of Gettysburg’s Historic District. The home of George and Hettie Shriver and their daughters, Sadie (7) and Mollie (5), appears much the way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before […]
The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail (formally known as The Old Jail Museum) is located in the old Fauquier County prison complex. It was erected in 1808 as the 6th jail in Warrenton.
Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater
More than ninety years ago, the doors of the Majestic Theater opened for the first time, welcoming audiences to the largest vaudeville and silent movie theater in south-central Pennsylvania.
Museum of Culpeper History
The Museum of Culpeper History showcases the rich history and interprets the significant events that shapes Culpeper today. From the dinosaurs that roamed the area during the Triassic period to the soldiers that camped and fought here during the Civil War there is so much to discover!
Canal Quarters – Lockhouse 28
Spend the night in historic Lockhouse 28, along the scenic C&O Canal. Furnishing to depict the 1830s, you will learn about the engineering marvels that make up the canal and experience life as the lock keepers lived it.
Canal Quarters – Lockhouse 49
Spend the night back in time in historic Lockhouse 49 along the scenic C&O Canal. Furnished in the 1920s style, this lockhouse depicts the heyday of the canal community at Four Locks.
The Holladay House
The Holladay House has stood at the crossroads of historic Route 20 + 15 for almost 200 years. The federal brick mansion has witnessed stories from James Madison’s final years through the Civil War to industrialization. Now you have the opportunity to be part of the story: stay at this historic inn and enjoy being […]
VOF’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve
The Bull Run Mountains are the easternmost mountains in Virginia. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve is approximately 2,350 acres that serve as a living laboratory and open-air museum that sits in the backyard of our nation’s capital. The preserve contains 10 different plant community types and a plethora of regionally […]
James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage
A unique presidential, multi-cultural and agricultural museum; the first in the U.S. to honor James Madison, Jr. Our collection consists of a diverse mix of artifacts that includes documents, textiles, farm equipment, conveyances, presidential artifacts and a 1733 tenant farmhouse built for Alexander Spotswood. Our exhibit rooms: Presidents, Black History, Native American, Hall of Agriculture […]
National Road Museum
Opening in early 2020, the National Road Museum is Maryland’s first museum dedicated to the Historic National Road. A dynamic new place for discovery, sparking a passion for American history and preservation of historic roads.
Battle of Upperville/Goose Creek Bridge Regional Park
Goose Creek Bridge was a site of the June 21, 1863 Battle of Upperville, a prelude to the Battle of Gettysburg, and part of the Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville. The park today stands as a wonderful mix of history and nature. Walk across the 200-year-old stone bridge that stood as a key […]
Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park
Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park includes over 155 acres of rolling countryside and mowed paths for walking over this historic landscape. The Eliza Davis Bluebird Trail features several nesting houses and is named for the Civil War-era lady who lived on the property and wrote of being “an eyewitness to war” on the home front for […]
Inn at Meander Plantation Bed and Breakfast
Beautiful Historic 1766 Inn with Mountain views and fine dining. The Inn at Meander Plantation sits majestically on 80 acres of rolling pastures and woods. Nestled in a bend of the scenic Robinson River. The Inn is located on U.S. Route 15, 9 miles south of Culpeper and 8 miles north of Orange. Charlottesville is […]
Aldie Mill Historic Park
Aldie Mill was built between 1807-1809 and survives today as Virginia’s only grist mill, powered by twin waterwheels, that is open to the public. For more than 150 years the mill ground for markets along the East Coast and in Europe. The site is rich in Civil War heritage as well as early 19th-century manufacturing […]
Mt. Zion Historic Park
Mt. Zion Historic Park features an 1851 Old School Baptist Church that served its congregation until 1980, and also was the site of Civil War activity between 1861-1865. Used as a hospital after the June 1863 Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville, it was also the scene of the July 6, 1864 Battle of […]