As we begin the 2021 holiday season, now is a perfect time to visit historic homes to see holiday decor and hear stories of how those from history celebrated the season. One of my favorite places to visit this time of year is Historic Westover, one of the most beautiful 18th century homes in Virginia. Located along the James River, visiting its grounds and taking a tour of the home is a wonderful way to learn more about the earliest history of our country with your family.
Learn about a trailblazing figure in Richmond, Virginia in today's review of the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. Her life is inspiring to all!
Richmond, Virginia has its own Downton Abbey-like mansion set in a family-friendly park. Maymont is a wonderful place to learn about history while enjoying the outdoors. Read my new review today to plan your visit to this historical site/zoo/aquarium/park!
A place to help your children understand the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform is the Virginia War Memorial. With its recent renovation and expansion, this is the perfect time to plan a visit.
A must-do road trip for every family is Virginia. From the earliest English settlers to recent Civil Rights events, Virginia truly is for history lovers!
Sometimes historical ruins are the perfect places to absorb history while letting your kids run in nature. Read my new review of Historic Polegreen Church and learn more about this atmospheric place perfect for a springtime picnic.
Did you know there is a 16th century English Tudor mansion in Richmond, Virginia even though the English colony of Jamestown wasn’t founded until the 17th century? Agecroft Hall and Gardens in Richmond’s West End is a beautiful example of preserving and protecting history and makes a fun outing for families to learn more about Tudor history. Plan your visit today!
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Find a way to learn about the Holocaust survivors in your own community. In Richmond, Virginia, we are lucky to have a fantastic and moving museum, the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Read my new review of it today.
You know Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death!" speech, made at Richmond’s Historic St. John’s Church in 1775. You may not know, however, that the home where he lived while crafting that historic speech is open for visitors and is celebrating its 300th year! Nestled in the rolling hills of western Hanover County, just 30 minutes north of Richmond, his home, called Scotchtown, is an atmospheric place to visit, especially during the month of October. Read my new review today and plan an autumn visit with your family!
After writing about the Virginia Capital Trail last week, I’ll be reviewing many of the stops along the trail in the coming months. Several battlefields and historic homes are along the route, including the home of our nation’s 10th President, John Tyler. In my quest to visit all of the Presidential and First Lady historic sites, I knew I had to see it in conjunction with the Capital Trail. His home, named Sherwood Forest, is a peaceful place for your family to take a break while on a bike trip. Read my new review today!