History is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon. For $5, you get admission at the Wilton House Museum, located in the West End.
Built in 1753 as the centerpiece of a 2,000-acre tobacco plantation, the Georgian-style Wilton House once entertained George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other colonial figures. It was moved to its current site in 1933 and made into a world-class museum, housing 18th- and 19th-century artifacts of the planter lifestyle. Browse the house’s exquisite collection of textiles, furnishings, rudimentary time machines, ceramics, and more. The special It’s a Small World After All (Dec. 4, 2010- Feb. 20, 2011) exhibit features decorative miniature houses and other arts.
Frommer's recommends the Wilton House Museum:
- Originally built on the James River about 14 miles below Richmond, this 1753 Georgian mansion was painstakingly dismantled and reconstructed on this bluff overlooking the river in 1933… The house has a fine collection of period furnishings based on an 1815 inventory. All rooms feature pine paneling, some with fluted pilasters and denticulate cornices. – Frommer's
Wilton House Museum
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.