A Virginia Historical Travel Guide

Updated: Apr 20

Virginia is brimming with history! It is a history lovers delight to explore this wonderful state. Here are just a few interesting sights to see during your Virginia vacation.

Visit Historic Jamestowne:

Prepare to embark on a journey to 17th-century Virginia. The world of America’s first permanent English colony was founded in 1607 – 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. Perched on the bank of the James River, in a quiet and unremarkable location, sit the remains of the Jamestown Fort, the site of the first English colony. In May of 1607, Captain Christopher Newport arrived from England on the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery to establish the colony of “James Cittie” for the Virginia Company of London. From the beginning, the colonists were beleaguered by the lack of fresh water, disease and attacks from the native Powhatan nation. It was then that the Chief’s daughter, Pocahontas, intervened and saved Smith’s life.

Explore Williamsburg:

Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 and is known for the significant role it played in the American Revolution. It was also the city that was home to many scholars such as Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler. In 1780 the capital was moved to Richmond where it remains today. While you're here be sure to check out:

  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum: see historic objects restored and on display from toys to paintings to furniture from the 19th century

  • Governor's Palace: see how the governor lived in this historically accurate refurbished home with complete restoration and guided tours.

  • Bruton Parish Episcopalian Church: One of the oldest churches in the area, this historic site was the spiritual guide for people such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

Walk The Sherwood Forest Plantation:

The Sherwood Forest Plantation is located on the north bank of the James River in Charles City County, Virginia. The main plantation house, built in 1730, was the home of 10th President John Tyler for the last twenty years of his life.

Bike High Bridge Trail State Park

The majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States. Who doesn't want to bike ride high above the trees?

Visit George Washington's House:

Once you arrive you will understand why George Washington loved the property. It is so well preserved in a manner that represents what our nation's father "built." The overwhelming presence of President Washington can be felt everywhere - you can even see the very bed Father of our Nation died on - insane.

Visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello:

If you are anywhere in the Charlottesville area this is a MUST SEE! Do the sunset tour which is offered in the summer on rare occasions. It allows you to visit the top floor and to walk around the grounds until 8:00 at night. It is worth the extra money!

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