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12 Iconic Sites for Virginia’s Fall Beauty

These destinations are stunning in their own right, but couple them with the colors of fall and you have a real winner.

Monticello

Monticello

 

1. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello * Charlottesville

– Thomas Jefferson – third president, author of the Declaration of Independence, self-taught architect
– UNESCO World Heritage Site – the only U.S. presidential and private home on the List
– Saunders-Monticello Trail – four miles; accessible. Includes unique features, like an elevated boardwalk and pond. (MAP)

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

 

2. Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Estate and Gardens * Mount Vernon

– George Washington – first president, commander of the Continental Army, gentleman planter
– Originally, the estate was more than 8,000 acres. Presently, an estimated 500 acres have been preserved.
Interactive Map

Montpelier

Montpelier

 

3. James Madison’s Montpelier * Montpelier Station

– James Madison – fourth president, Father of the Constitution, scholar
– 2,650-acre estate includes the 200-acre Landmark Forest, a National Natural Landmark
Google Trails Map

Ash Lawn-Highland by Rick Stillings

Ash Lawn-Highland by Rick Stillings

 

4. James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland * Charlottesville

– James Monroe – fifth president, Governor of Virginia, negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase
– See the “witness tree,” a white oak yet standing from Monroe’s time on his Highland plantation.
– Virtual Tour

 

Thomas Jefferson, on Poplar Forest

 

 

5. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest * Forest

– Archaeology and restoration is always in progress at Jefferson’s personal retreat.
– UNESCO World Heritage Site Nominee
– Buy Tickets Online

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall

 

6. The Lee’s: Stratford Hall * Stratford

– Robert E. Lee’s Birthplace; Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee’s Boyhood Home
– Robert E. Lee – General of the Confederate Army; President and namesake of Washington and Lee University
– Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee – only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence
– 1900 acres overlooking the Potomac River

 

7. George Washington’s Ferry Farm * Fredericksburg

– Washington’s family moved to Ferry Farm when he was six.
– See the home site along the Rappahannock River.
– Archaeology lab allows visitors to see artifacts discovered on the property.

 

Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park

Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park

 

 

8. Crab Orchard Museum * Tazewell

– Periods of history include Native American, Pioneer, Revolutionary War and Civil War.
– Fifteen 1800s log cabins and stone structures
– Special tours and a pioneer summer camp are available.

9. America’s Historic Triangle * Jamestown * Williamsburg * Yorktown

– Jamestown was settled by the English in 1607 as the first permanent colony in the New World.
– Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the country, and was the first capitol in the new World.
– Yorktown is where the American Revolutionary War was won. It was October 19, 1781.

Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall

 

 

10. George Mason’s Gunston Hall * Lorton

– George Mason – Author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, after which the United States Bill of Rights was modeled
– 550 acres on the Potomac River
Download Grounds Map

 

Oatlands

Oatlands

 

11. Oatlands Historic House and Gardens * Leesburg

– Federal-style mansion was built over five years, beginning in 1804;  embellished into the 1830s
– Original grounds were 3,408 acres; today the estate is 261 acres.
– English Oak and European Larch are existing from the original 1800s gardens

Sherwood Forest Plantation, ca 1680. Home to our 10th president, John Tyler.

Sherwood Forest Plantation

 

12. John Tyler’s Sherwood Forest Plantation * Charles City

– John Tyler – tenth president; America’s first vice president to ascend to the presidency upon the death of the sitting president
– Longest frame house in America; continuously occupied by the Tyler family since 1842
– Home to America’s first Ginkgo tree
– Additional nearby plantations include Shirley (Virginia’s first plantation; 1613) and Berkeley (site of the first official Thanksgiving; 1619)

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