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Historic Places in Virginia
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, VirginiaAppomattox Court House National Historical Park
Appomattox, VA 24522
Phone: 434) 352-8987
Description: The Appomattox Court House is a National Historical Park of original and reconstructed 19th century buildings in Appomattox County, Virginia.The village is famous as the site of the Battle of Appomattox Court House and containing the house of Wilmer McLean, where the surrender of the Confederate army under Robert E. Lee to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant took place on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Virginia700 George Washington Memorial Parkway
c/o Turkey Run Park
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: (703) 235-1530
Description: Arlington House is the nation’s memorial to Robert E. Lee. It honors him for specific reasons, including his role in promoting peace and reunion after the Civil War. In a larger sense it exists as a place of study and contemplation of the meaning of some of the most difficult aspects of American History: military service; sacrifice; citizenship; duty; loyalty; slavery and freedom.
Booker T. Washington National Monument, Virginia12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, VA 24101
Phone: (540) 721-2094
Description: Booker T. Washington was born a slave in April 1856 on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. Later as an adviser, author and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, VirginiaVisitor Contact Station
Middletown Courts Strip Mall
7712 Main Street,
Middletown, MO 65738
Phone: (540) 869-3051
Description: The National Historical Park was created to protect several historically significant locations in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia, notably the site of the American Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek and the Belle Grove Plantation.
Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland700 George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: (301) 320-1400
Description: Clara Barton dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need - both home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies. Glen Echo was her home the last 15 years of her life and the structure illustrates her dedication and concern for those less fortunate than herself.
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Colonial National Historical Park, VirginiaLocated in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia
Williamsburg, VA 23690
Description: Colonial National Historical Park is located in the Hampton Roads region. The park protects and interprets several sites relating to the Colony of Virginia and the history of the United States more broadly, ranging from the site of the first landing of the English settlers who would settle at Jamestown, to the battlefields of Yorktown where the British Army was finally defeated in the American Revolutionary War.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky, Tennessee, & VirginiaThe Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located at the border between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, centered on the Cumberland Gap, a natural break in the Appalachian Mountains.
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965
Phone: (606) 248-2817
Description: The Cumberland Gap Visitor Center is located on U.S. Highway 25E just southeast of Middlesboro, Kentucky and just northwest of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia41 Bernard Road
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Description: 2019 is a pivotal year for the Fort Monroe National Monument, marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to English North America. The entire year is dedicated to those “20 and odd” who were brought here on an English privateer ship named the White Lion.
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park, Virginia120 Chatham Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Phone: (540) 693-3200
Description: Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and elsewhere in Spotsylvania County, commemorating four major battles in the American Civil War: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Phone: (804) 224-1732
Description: In the heart of the Northern Neck of Virginia stands a tribute to America’s founding father, George Washington. Although only here a short time, the ideas that Washington learned here, helped shape the man he would become and forever alter the destiny of the United States of America.
Green Springs National Historic Landmark District, VirginiaGreen Springs National Historic Landmark District is privately owned, includes no public facilities, but is visible from public highways.
It sits astride Route 15 in Louisa County, Virginia.
Louisa, VA 23093
Phone: (540) 693-3200
Description: Green Springs National Historic Landmark District in Virginia’s Piedmont encompasses over 14,000 acres. Its farmsteads offer a continuum of rural vernacular architecture in original context with minimal alteration. Landscapes and buildings, many predating the Civil War and connected to one another visually and through family relationships of early occupants, are today preserved through easements.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Maryland, Virginia, & West VirginiaHarpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: (304) 535-6029
Description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in and around Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The park includes land in the Shenandoah Valley in Jefferson County, West Virginia; Washington County, Maryland and Loudoun County, Virginia.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and VirginiaExtending from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, through Maryland and West Virginia, and ending at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia,
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 338-9114
Description: The Journey is a unique historic, natural and scenic region, with farms and orchards; woodlands and forests; rivers and streams; rolling hills and mountain views; and unspoiled landscapes that can be explored by car, bike, canoe, foot or on horseback. The region is alive with vibrant historic downtowns, rich agriculture and an abundant bounty of wineries, inns and unique cultural events.
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Virginia3215 E Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Phone: (804) 771-2017
Description: Maggie Lena Walker devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress. Today, Walker’s home is preserved as a tribute to her enduring legacy of vision, courage, and determination.
Manassas National Battlefield Park, VirginiaHulls Cove Visitor Center
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109
Phone: (703) 361-1339
Description: Manassas, in Prince William County, Virginia, preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles: the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run which was fought between August 28 and August 30, 1862
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Natural Bridge State Park, Virginia6477 S Lee Hwy
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
Phone: (540) 291-1326
Description: Rugged state park known for its 215-ft. bridge-shaped gorge, karst landscape, valley & forest.
Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, Virginia1250 Red Hill Rd
Brookneal, VA 24528
Phone: (800) 514-7463
Description: Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, in Charlotte County, Virginia near the Town of Brookneal, honors Patrick Henry, the fiery legislator and orator of the American Revolution. Henry bought Red Hill Plantation at his retirement in 1794 and occupied it until 1799, the year of his death.
Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia3215 E. Broad St
Richmond, VA 23223
Phone: (804) 226-1981
Description: The Richmond National Battlefield Park commemorates 13 American Civil War sites around Richmond, Virginia, which served as the capital of the Confederate States of America for most of the war. The park connects certain features within the city with defensive fortifications and battle sites around it.
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, VirginiaCedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
9386 S. Congress
St New Market, VA 22844
Phone: (540) 740-4545
Description: The peaceful beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was shattered during the American Civil War. Today you can still view much of the landscape as it was seen by soldiers and civilians during the war, and you can explore the region’s dramatic Civil War story at historic sites, battlefields, courthouses, cemeteries, walking trails, and museums that tell the story of those storm-tossed years.
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