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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Monticello

    Historic Home

    Thomas Jefferson's home, long featured on the back of the U.S. nickel, is well worth the admission and the almost inevitable wait. Arrive early...Read More

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  • 6. Montpelier

    Historic Home

    Just outside Orange is the lifelong residence of James Madison (1751–1836), the fourth president of the United States. He grew up here, lived...Read More

  • 7. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

    Historic Home

    Bringing together fine and decorative art collections and multimedia presentations, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley reflects the region...Read More

  • 8. Point of Honor

    Historic Home

    Built in 1815, the mansion on Daniel's Hill, Point of Honor, was named to commemorate the many duels fought on the site. Once part of a 900...Read More

  • 9. Poplar Forest

    Historic Home

    A must-see on the Thomas Jefferson tour of Virginia is his "occasional retreat," Poplar Forest. The octagonal architecture, now standing in...Read More

  • 10. Stonewall Jackson House

    Historic Home

    Confederate general Jackson's private life is on display at the Stonewall Jackson House, where he is revealed as a dedicated Presbyterian who...Read More

  • 11. The Daniel Harrison House

    Historic Home

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks and operated by the historical society, the Daniel Harrison House is named for Dayton...Read More

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