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Having stood its ground against those who wanted to tear it down, Wilton House serves as a symbol of the Colonial American spirit in more ways than one. Built in 1753 as the main house on a 2,000-acre plantation, the structure serves as a steadfast example of Georgian architecture. It’s the home of more than 1,400 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century objects and artifacts, including documents signed by founding fathers and US presidents. Wilton even played host to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, and George Washington’s white-wig-wearing foxhound. In addition to daily tours, the museum staff hosts events, such as lecture series, concerts, and seasonal exhibits.

215 South Wilton Road
Richmond,
VA
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Eerie Nights Ghost Tours aren't only eerie because they stop at historic, plausibly haunted Richmond locales on its walking and 1920s-themed trolley-ride tours. There's another creepy component?the guides. They look undead, thanks to their special-effects makeup and spooky costumes. They act it, too, showcasing their theater chops as they share their suspenseful supernatural stories about the city, like the time a local coffee shop passed off decaf as regular coffee.

100 North 17th Street
Richmond,
VA
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The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia tunes brain waves to more artistic frequencies with its exhibitions, artifacts, and art pieces all created by African Americans. Situated in an ornately adorned house built in the early 19th century, the museum features works by accomplished artists, such as the vibrant abstract art of Sam Gilliam, Harlem Renaissance murals by John Biggers, and P.H. Polk's iconic photography, as well as textiles and artifacts from various ethnic groups throughout Africa. Check the museum's calendar to align your schedule with ongoing events and rotating exhibitions.

0 E Clay St
Richmond,
VA
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Preservation Petersburg works hard to maintain Petersburg's past. The society hosts events and programs to recount the city's formative events and explore its iconic buildings, whose?eclectic mix of architecture?styles were featured in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award?winning historical drama, Lincoln.

Historic Sites and Sights

  • Peter Jones Trading Station: Although it's now a handful of freestanding stone walls and a chimney, this oft-reconstructed building began as one of the original structures in the Fort Henry trading complex.
  • Siege Museum: The Exchange Building?a registered national historic landmark?currently houses a museum documenting the lives of Petersburg citizens during the Civil War.
  • South Side Depot: Originally built around 1854, this depot is the oldest railroad station in Virginia.
  • Centre Hill Mansion: Three US presidents?John Tyler, William Howard Taft, and Abraham Lincoln?visited this stately home overlooking the Appomattox River.
  • Blandford Cemetery: With marked gravestones dating as far back as 1702, the cemetery serves as the final resting place for a British general from the American Revolution, three Civil War generals, and two Virginia governors, among others.
212 E Franklin St.
Richmond,
VA
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Founded in 1831, the same year chief justice John Marshall became its first president and former president James Madison its first honorary member, the Virginia Historical Society began amassing books, manuscripts, and historical objects to preserve the state's past. After moving its collections throughout the state during the Civil War, the society finally settled into the Lee House—the wartime home of General Robert E. Lee's family—in 1893 before moving to the Center of Virginia History in 1959.

The society showcases the state's heritage through long-term and temporary exhibitions such as The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, which contains artifacts from 16,000 years of Virginian history (from prehistory to the present) displayed in 10,000 square feet of galleries. Outside of its museum walls, Virginia Historical Society enlightens the public with educational programs and resources, publications, and rare nickels that caught Thomas Jefferson with his eyes closed.

428 North Boulevard
Richmond,
VA
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The Virginia Center for Architecture resides in a house befitting its name. The museum is located in the Tudor-revival Branch House, an 11-story mansion complete with a chapel-like studio, long gallery, and vast library. Today, this 1919 home houses exhibitions on Virginia's livable communities, the ruins from the 1769 Menokin site, and a permanent exhibit on the Branch home itself and its architect, John Russell Pope, who also designed the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives Building.

2501 Monument Ave
Richmond,
VA
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