to going places
485 Great House Road
plantation was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and also served as a boyhood
home to Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee – the only brothers
to sign the Declaration of Independence. Built in the late 1730’s the
Great House contains some of the Colonial era’s most architecturally significant
rooms. The site encompasses more than 1,600 acres of farmlands and forests
and includes nature trails, a gristmill and formal gardens. Adults (12
yrs. and up): $9; Seniors, Active Military, AAA members, $8; Children
Telephone: (804) 493-8038; (804) 493-8371
3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway
George Washington’s home allows you to experience history close up while
gaining insight into our first president. Visit the greenhouse, slave
quarters, George Washington museum, archaeology and restoration museum,
slave memorial, a working 18th century mill and Washington’s tomb. You
can also hike the forest trail or explore the pioneer farmer site. The
site is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including Christmas. Adults
– $11.00; Senior Citizens, age 62 and above, $10.50; Children ages 5 and
under (accompanied by an adult) admitted free.
(703) 780-2000; (703) 780-0011; (703) 780-8688
memorial is a massive bronze and granite structure, nestled between the
Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C.
It honors the 400,000 American servicemen
and women killed, the 700,000 wounded and the remaining 15,000,000
that served in history’s bloodiest war – what television anchor Tom Brokaw
called the defining event of the 20th Century.
After years of battling for appropriations, raising money and selecting
an appropriate site, ground was broken in November of 2000. The memorial
has 4,000 gold stars, each symbolizing 100 Americans killed. A fountain
is at the center, surrounded by 56 pillars representing each state, territory
and the District of Columbia.
World War II Heritage Trail
This trail links 15 sites that range from the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station
in Alexandria, which built munitions during the war and now is the Torpedo
Factory Art Center, to the Pentagon, which was built during the war to
unite the military command and is still the world’s largest office building.
Pay respects at Arlington
National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial, or Quantico National Cemetery.
Study World War II aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy
Center or World War II guns at the National Rifle Association’s National
Look in on the restoration of Gen. George C. Marshall’s residence, Dodona
Manor, at the George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg. Learn
more about life on the home front at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey
is home to the National D-Day Memorial. It’s the county that suffered
the highest per-capital losses in the nation.
3 Overlord Circle
suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation and is now
home to the National D-Day Memorial. This memorial pays tribute to Allied
Forces that participated in the largest land, sea and air operation in
history: the invasion of Normandy, June 6,
memorial stretches over nine acres and features a luxuriant English Garden,
haunting invasion tableau with statuary and stylized landing scene, and
Victory Arch, which pays tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed
their lives on that historic day. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Guided tours and
school programs available.
Telephone: (800) 351-DDAY; (540) 586-DDAY; (540) 587-8973 (tours)
E-mail: [email protected]
Virginia Tourism Corp
Williamsburg is one of the most popular tourist sites in Virginia.
Exit 238 off Interstate 64
Go back to the beginning of our nation’s quest for freedom at Colonial
Williamsburg, where the restored Historic Area presents “America.
New in 2004
is a series of “Streetscapes,” interactive vignettes based on
colorful characters of the 1770s. The ongoing story of the American Revolution
concentrates on the year 1774, when Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson
were among the Burgesses who
into the protest against the British blockade following the Boston Tea
site, Great Hopes Plantation, expands the interpretation of African-American
life by showing the roles of slaves living and working in rural areas,
which were far different from the experiences in cosmopolitan Williamsburg.
Day celebrations include a salute to the 13 Colonies, a reading of the
Declaration of Independence, a garden party at the Governor’s Palace and
fireworks. Admission: from $33 adults, $16 youth, for one day to $69 adults,
$35 youth, for a year-long Independence Pass.
Telephone: (800) 447-8649
11 Rochelle Rd.
An unlikely connection between Confederate ladies and a Union general’s
wife made this Petersburg church the inspiration for our national Memorial
started decorating Confederate graves with flowers and flags on June 9,
1866, two years after a militia of “old men and young boys”
held off imminent capture by Union troops, setting up a 10-month Union
siege of Petersburg.
In the spring
of 1868, the wife of U.S. Gen. John Logan visited the church and its graveyard.
She saw the graves being decorated with flowers and flags and told her
husband about it. The general, as commander in chief of the Grand Army
of the Republic, then designated May 30, 1868, as a memorial day for all
who died in defense of their country. Confederate graves at Blandford
Church continue to be decorated on the national Memorial Day by the Sons
of Confederate Veterans. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors. Memorial Day
events are free.
Telephone: (804) 733-2396.
Downey/Virginia Tourism Corp.
National Cemetery is home to the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Over 200,000 veterans and their dependents are buried here representing
every conflict in which America has fought. Memorial sites include Tomb
of the Unknowns; the grave sites of John F. and Jacqueline B. Kennedy
– the eternal flame;
Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial; Mast of the U.S.S. Maine – “Remember
the Maine!”; Confederate Memorial; and the Coast Guard Memorial.
Civilian notables include boxing champ Joe Louis; actor Lee Marvin; World
War II’s most decorated soldier Audie Murphy; and 27th president William
Howard Taft. The cemetery covers 612 acres with a motorized tour available.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 1 to Sept. 30; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1
to March 31. $1.25 per hour for the first three hours, $2 each hour after
Telephone: (703) 697-5187
Virginia Department of Tourism, U.S. National Park Service, the Potomac