Central and Western Virginia

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central and Western Virginia - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Anne Spencer House and Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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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