Virginia is the birthplace of our nation.  From the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown to the home of many of our Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Virginia really is for history lovers.

As a Virginia resident for 20 years, I can attest to the many historical sites, houses, and attractions that make up the state.  Most of the sites are easy weekend or day trips from the tourist hub of Washington, DC so if you’re planning a family trip to the Nation’s capital, don’t forget to check out the Virginia destinations.  This is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you the top historical sites in each area to see.

Check back often for more of these sites to be reviewed by The History Mom!  Note that only sites reviewed by The History Mom are marked with *.  Other links are external links to the museum’s own web site.

For help planning your Virginia vacation, check out  Also see additional sites on the National Park Service’s website.

Check out my post about planning a week-long Virginia Road Trip to get inspiration for your visit! And for sites specific to African-American history in the Commonwealth, check out my post about Virginia Black History.

Northern Virginia

These are all easy day trips from Washington, DC.

Central Virginia

Central Virginia is a great weekend trip from Washington, DC.


Western Virginia

Check out the amazing Southwest Virginia Cultural Center in Abingdon.

Civil War Battlefields and Museums

Presidential Sites:

Other Resources

Books to Read:
Check out my Virginia books list on which supports independent bookstores and content creators.

This page is continually updated.

4 thoughts on “Virginia

  1. Thank you for a wonderful site about historic places in Virginia! Visits to historical sites and museums have decreased over the past few years. I am on the board of directors for The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum in Gordonsville and we are doing everything we can to make sure history stays alive and accurate and told. Thank you for helping to keep history alive!

    1. Thanks so much! I appreicate the kind words and support. I love the museum and Gordonsville in general. I hope to review soon to encourage others to visit! Thanks again!

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