Central and Western Virginia

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  • 1. Anne Spencer House and Gardens

    Garden

    Step into "Edankraal," the studio of this late poet of the Harlem Renaissance, and the place where Anne Spencer wrote her most significant poems...Read More

  • 2. Appomattox Court House

    Historic District/Site

    To many history buffs, the Civil War lives on, but the history books say it ended here, 25 mi east of Lynchburg, on April 9, 1865, when Confederate...Read More

  • 3. Ash Lawn–Highland

    Historic Home

    Standing in contrast to the grandiose Monticello is the modest home of James Monroe, who held more major political offices than any other U...Read More

  • 4. Barboursville Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Barboursville Vineyards . This vineyard between Charlottesville and Orange was the first in the state to grow only vinifera (old-world) grapes...Read More

  • 5. Belle Grove

    Historic Home

    Both an elegant farmhouse and 100-acre working farm, Belle Grove is a monument to the rural and the refined, two qualities that exist in harmony...Read More

  • 6. Blue Ridge Parkway

    Scenic Drive

    The Blue Ridge Parkway takes up where Skyline Drive leaves off at Waynesboro, weaving south for 469 mi to the Great Smoky Mountains National...Read More

  • 7. Booker T. Washington National Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    It would have been hard for Booker T. Washington to imagine the farm on which he was born into slavery hosting a national monument. But this...Read More

  • 8. Carter's Mountain Orchard

    Farm/Ranch

    If apple cider is more to your taste, visit Carter's Mountain Orchard for stunning views of Charlottesville and some of the best apples in the state. ...Read More

  • 9. Center in the Square

    Museum/Gallery

    In a restored warehouse, Center in the Square contains the Mill Mountain Theatre and regional museums covering science, history, and art, but...Read More

  • 10. Crabtree Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A series of cascades fall a distance of 1,200 feet. Taken together, Virginia claims these cascades as the highest waterfall east of the Rockies...Read More

  • 11. Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    During the Civil War, a handsome Greek revival hotel was transformed into a Confederate receiving hospital for wounded and dying soldiers. In...Read More

  • 12. Frontier Culture Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    An outdoor living-history museum, the Frontier Culture Museum re-creates agrarian life in America. The four illustrative farmsteads, American...Read More

  • 13. George C. Marshall Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum preserves the memory of the World War II army chief of staff. Exhibits trace his brilliant career, which began when he was aide...Read More

  • 14. Harrisonburg–Rockingham Historical Society

    Museum/Gallery

    Displays of multimedia folk art reflect the largely German and Scotch-Irish culture of the valley. One Civil War exhibit includes an electric...Read More

  • 15. Historic Smithfield Plantation

    Historic Home

    Almost a century before Virginia Tech's founding in 1872, the Historic Smithfield plantation was built in what was then the frontier wilds....Read More

  • 16. James Madison Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The James Madison Museum presents a comprehensive exhibition on the Founding Father most responsible for the Constitution (Madison became president...Read More

  • 17. Legacy Museum of African-American History

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum's rotating exhibits focus on such themes as health and medicine, education, business, the civil rights struggle, and the contributions...Read More

  • 18. Luray Caverns

    Cave

    Not only is this the largest cavern in the state, it also features the world's only "stalacpipe organ," composed of stalactites (calcite formations...Read More

  • 19. Mabry Mill

    Factory

    Mabry Mill, north of Meadows of Dan and the Blue Ridge Parkway's junction with U.S. 58 at milepost 176, 55 mi south of Roanoke, is one of the...Read More

  • 20. Market Square

    Plaza/Square

    Market Square is the heart of Roanoke, with Virginia's oldest continuous farmers' market, a multiethnic food court inside the restored City...Read More

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