Central and Western Virginia

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  • 1. Anne Spencer House and Gardens


    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


    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


    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


    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/Tour

    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

    Industrial Site/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


    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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