Settlers arrived in Central Virginia as early as 1617. Today's living history interpreters love sharing those stories at Henricus Historical Park - where Pocahontas grew up, and Wilton House Museum - Richmond's own Georgian plantation.
Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood is considered "The Birthplace of Black Capitalism." Don't miss sites honoring African Americans who helped shape the nation as we know it today: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, and the L. Douglas Wilder Library at Virginia Union University.
Take the Civil War Trails that follow the campaigns to see preserved battlefields through Richmond, Petersburg and finally, on to Appomattox. Visit sites like The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and Appomattox Court House & National Historical Park.
Don't miss Kings Dominion, a theme park just north of Richmond boasting world-renowned roller coasters. Outdoors and sports in Central Virginia include great fun - from ballooning and camping to horseback riding and tennis. Eight State Parks and a multitude of beautiful gardens await as well.
Counties in this region are:
Albemarle, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, and Sussex.
Northern Virginia is next door to our nation's capital - Washington, D.C. - yet has kept its own character reminiscent of colonial times, rambling plantations, equestrian farms and cobblestoned streets leading to quaint taverns, chic shops and historical gems.
Fairfax County is a treasure trove of unique historic sites, museums, performance venues, and natural wonders. Visit and discover such national treasures such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Workhouse Arts Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and Great Falls National Park.
A beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac waterfront, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today, Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the region’s best chef-driven restaurants; a vibrant arts culture, including the nationally renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center; a thriving boutique scene; numerous boat tours and water taxis; and creative cocktails and craft brews, including Alexandria’s own Port City Brewing Company, recently named the Best Small Brewery in America.”
This region is considered "Horse Country" with steeplechase races, horse shows and polo matches. One of the most western places to visit is Marriott Ranch in Hume, with horses to ride, trap shooting and downhome hospitality. For an upscale resort, try Landsdowne in Leesburg.
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