Virginia is Filled with Historically Significant Properties that Shaped Our Country
From Native American history to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the FBI’s training headquarters, Virginia has enough stories to fill a library. However, we’ll leave the majority of that to the academics and instead focus on what we know best: real estate with a historical twist.
The Virginia Governor’s Mansion
Nestled in the state’s capital of Richmond, the Virginia Governor’s Mansion was completed in 1813 and remains the oldest occupied governor’s residence in the country. Distinguished visitors include multiple U.S. presidents as well as Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II. Private tours are available three days per week and reservations must be made in advance.
The Shirley Plantation
The Shirley Plantation is the oldest family-owned business in the U.S. Built in 1738, this mansion represents the prosperity found by European settlers in the colonies. However, if these walls could speak, they’d likely have a lot more to say. Today the mansion isn’t as much of a residence as it is a place to reflect on the area’s history. Tours are available Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Patsy Cline’s House
Deemed one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Virginia Patterson Hensley, better known as Patsy Cline, still has a profound and dramatic impact on American music today. And you guessed it, she’s from Virginia. Often regarded as a country singer, Cline’s voice could best be described as akin to the finest whiskey: sweet, smooth, a touch smokey, and very intoxicating. If you’re a music lover, go drive by her old house and tip your hat as you do.
The Mansion at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
The mansion at George Washington’s Mount Vernon is a piece of living history. Visitors of the home can immerse themselves in the life of our nation’s first president: walk where he walked, talk where he talked, and relish in what is without a doubt one of the most historically significant properties in the nation. While there’s typically a lot going on at the estate, it’s currently closed due to COVID-19. Not to worry, you can still take a virtual tour of the property.
James Madison’s Montpelier
Known as “the father of the constitution”, James Madison spent most of his life right here at his family’s Montpelier estate. Like the others, it’s open to members of the public who seek a deeper look into the life and legacy of the person who helped write the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, and served as our nation’s 4th president.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Thomas Jefferson is one of those prolific historic figures that people just can’t get enough of, and for good reason. After all, he’s the man who penned that each American has an inalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” words that carry tremendous weight to this day. In terms of the property, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello served as his personal home both before and after his presidency. The estate is currently going through phase two of Virginia’s reopening action plan, meaning tours are hard to come by. In the meantime book a live guided virtual tour.
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