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History of Virginia

Civil War in Virginia

Virginia's Colonial Era

Historic Sites and Museums (Local Area)

  • Fairfax Station Railroad Museum
    Fairfax Station Railroad Museum includes history of the surrounding neighborhood, historic St. Mary's Church, and Clara Barton.
  • Great Falls Park
    Great Falls Park includes waterfalls, the historic Patowmack Canal site, and nature trails.
  • Gunston Hall Plantation
    The plantation home of patriot George Mason. The site includes the Mason family cemetery.
  • Lucy Burns Museum and Workhouse Arts Center
    This museum and art center are built on the site of the former Lorton Workhouse Prison. The museum describes 91 years of prison history, including the story of suffragists and other civil rights leaders who were held there.
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
    The site includes the former home of Maggie Walker, with most of the original furnishings. Walker was a community leader, entrepreneur, and the first African American woman in the US to start a bank. The website includes a virtual tour of her home.
  • Manassas Museum
    The museum displays interpret Northern Virginia Piedmont history through artifacts, documents, and images. The site includes a link to information about the Manassas Industrial School / Jennie Dean Memorial.
  • Pope-Leighey House
    A Frank Lloyd Wright house on the grounds of the Woodlawn Plantation.
  • Stratford Hall Plantation
    Visit the Lee family home. Includes a special section for students.
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources
    The DHR oversees the Virginia Landmarks Register of properties listed on state and national registers of historic landmarks, and historical highway markers for the entire state. Site also includes information on how to nominate new historic sites and markers.
  • Woodlawn
    The Federal era home of Eleanor "Nelly" Custis Lewis, granddaughter of Martha Washington.
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