Colonial Beach, Virginia

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colonial beach virginiaPay a visit to Virginia’s Potomac River Playground! Birthplace of two Presidents (George Washington and James Monroe), home to famous former residents (telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell and author Sloan Wilson), and containing the second-longest public beach in the Commonwealth, Colonial Beach is a must-see on your travels to the Mid-Atlantic region.

Food fanatics will enjoy fine selections from over 25 different eateries. Everything from seafood to steak to ice cream to Thai and French cuisine can be found here. Lots of good old-fashioned comfort foods, too. Fine wines can be found at the nearby Ingleside Vineyards.

Nature lovers will enjoy the RiverWalk path at the end of the Boardwalk. Great hiking and birding opportunities are available at the nearby Voorhees Nature Preserve, Stratford Hall and the Westmoreland State Park.

Sports enthusiasts can catch a game by Colonial Beach-based Northern Neck Rivermen, a champion semi-pro football team. There’s also auto racing at Colonial Beach Dragway and bows and arrows at Rock Springs Archery. Charter fishing is available on the Big Dipper with Potomac River Charters.

Shopaholics have plenty of stores to choose from. Everything from clothing and antiques to jewelry and home decor can be found here.

Bring the kids! This is a very family-friendly destination. Rent some kayaks and paddle around on beautiful Monroe Bay, play at one of the many parks, grab an ice cream cone at Nancy’s, fish from the town pier and build a sand castle on the beach. A few miles outside the town limits, you can check out the goats on the goat walk at Westmoreland Berry Farm.

Nightlife abounds with live music at the beachfront tiki bars. The special events calendar is jam-packed with fun things to do all the year through. There are 2nd Friday ArtWalks, a Blues Festival, Jetski Races, Croquet Tournament, the huge Potomac River Festival and new for 2014 is the First Annual Colonial Beach Bikefest!

Come and play at this fun getaway destination, the jewel of Westmoreland County.

Colonial Beach, Virginia, USA

Pamplin Historical Park – Petersburg, Virginia

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Travel back in time to the 1860s and enter the world of a Civil War soldier. The Civil War Adventure Camp is an 18-hour overnight experience that immerses participants in the life of a Civil War soldier. Fun and educational, adults and children alike will select their choice of a Union or Confederate uniform, drill in the way soldiers fought, eat the food soldiers ate, understand the hardships soldiers endured and participate in a number of specifically designed programs that transform history into reality! Recruits camp on the original Breakthrough battlefield of April 2, 1865.

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George Washington’s Office – Winchester, Virginia

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George Washington’s Office – Winchester, Virginia

Granted there isn’t a great deal to see here but it is worth a quick stop to learn more of the history of the nation and George Washington.  He used a little log building, now the middle room of George Washington Office Museum, as a military office from September 1755 to December of 1756.  During this time Fort Loudou was being constructed at the north end of town.

Washington planned the fort and supervised the work, even to the point of bringing his own blacksmiths from Mount Vernon to do the ironwork.  The fort was a redoubt (a defense barrier) with four bastions.  There were fourteen mounted cannon with the fort covering one-half acre of land.  The construction was of logs filled with earth and inside were barracks for 450 men.  There was a well sunk 103 feet through solid limestone rock (by hand…no modern machinery to drill it) to supply the fort with water.  This well is all that remains of the fort today.

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Agecroft Hall – Richmond, Virginia

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Agecroft hall richmond virginia.jpg Agecroft Hall – Richmond, Virginia

If you have wanted to see the elegance of a true Tudor estate you have the opportunity to visit one in Richmond.  This house was built over 500 years ago in Lancashire, England in the late 15th century.  It was the home of the Langley and Dauntesey families but at the end of the 19th century the house fell into disrepair and in 1925 was sold at auction.

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The Lyceum Alexandria’s History Museum – Alexandria, Virginia

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images_1.jpgThe Lyceum Alexandria’s History Museum – Alexandria, Virginia

The Lyceum was built in 1839 to provide a place for lectures, scientific experiments and quiet reading.  The building has been used as a Civil War hospital, a private home and an office building adn the nations first Bicentennial Center.  It didn’t become Alexandria’s History Museum until 1985.  Now there are exhibitions, school programs, lectures and concerts held at the Lyceum.

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Carter Family Fold – Hiltons, Virginia

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Carter Family Fold.jpgCarter Family Fold – Hiltons, Virginia

Make a stop at the Carter Family Fold to enjoy the traditional music in this rustic, 1,000 seat music shed on Saturday nights. The music is dedicated to preserving the traditional mountain and folk music that everyone loves!  This type of music is thought to be the foundation of the current country music.

In 1927 A.P. and Sara Carter along with Maybell Carter helped to give birth to the age of country music. The Carter Family Fold was established to honor this rich tradition in music. 

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel – Cape Charles, Virginia

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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Gives Scenic Shortcut. Traveling north and south, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel connects Virginia Eastern Shore with the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk and provides a captivating attraction and an important travel convenience. From the early 1930’s to 1954, a private corporation managed scheduled ferry service between Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. The Virginia General Assembly stepped in to create the Chesapeake Bay Ferry District and the Chesapeake Bay Ferry Commission as the governing body of the District. It later became the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District and Commission.  

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Chrysler Museum of Art – Norfolk, Virginia

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Exhibitions and Attractions at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, the Chrysler Museum of Art has a wide collection of in-house, permanent art pieces and several exhibitions and educational activities that are constantly changing to entertain art enthusiasts of any age. In addition to the Chrysler Museum of Art, there are also a number of historical houses, including the Moses Myers house and the Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House.

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Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, Virginia

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Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia Provides Historic Attraction. Anyone staying in or passing through Arlington should make the Arlington National Cemetery a part of their vacation. The cemetery grounds are home to the Arlington House and some 25,000 grave sites. This is often chosen as a final resting spot for casualties of war and honorary war veterans from a number of different wars, explorers, and even prominent historical figures.

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Metro Richmond Zoo – Mosely, Virginia

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Take a Trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo. Depending on which location you are coming from in correlation to the Richmond area, the Metro Richmond Zoo is only a few miles away. Located in Mosely, Virginia, the Metro Richmond Zoo provides a wide variety of animals. In addition to providing animals for viewing purposes, there are several animals with which you can interact.

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