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Journey Through Virginia's Historic Homes
Statewide Promotional Weekend
Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15
Visit one of the over 50 participating historic homes for free as a part of the Year of the Historic Home Initiative and the Time Travelers Program

In celebration of the Executive Mansion's 200th Anniversary, Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell declared 2013 the "Year of the Historic Home." There are over 120 sites scattered across Virginia classified as Historic Homes that span from pre-Colonial times through the Modern era, all of which provide an abundance of cultural, historical, and architectural information and promote an understanding of, as well as an interest in, Virginia's story.


To further promote the Year of the Historic Home effort, in the spring of 2013, seven historic homes across Richmond came together in a collaborative effort to open their doors admission-free to the public for an entire weekend to "Time Travel through Virginia History." Because of the successes and benefits experienced from the spring promotional weekend, the homes throughout Richmond are coming together to host this collaborative weekend in the fall, as are over 50 homes throughout Virginia.


Exclusively during the weekend of September 14 and 15, 2013, Virginia's most renowned historic homes and museums will be open free to the public, in supporting Year of the Historic Home.


"My husband and I have been thrilled with the excitement surrounding the Year of the Historic Home," said First Lady Maureen McDonnell. "The spring success of the Historic Home Promotional Weekend in Richmond came as a pleasant surprise, and promoting this initiative in September as a statewide effort is extremely exciting and promises great results.  We encourage you to print your passport and visit these historical sites, which have been home to many of America's Founding Fathers, U.S. presidents, and many other important figures."


A list of the participating homes follows. For specific details of each home, as well as their hours of operation on September 14 and 15, please click here. Please don't forget to click on the "time travelers" link while on the site and print your passport in order to be granted free admission.

Participating Homes:  
For specific information on each home including their history, address, and promotional weekend hours, visit the Historic Home website by clicking here.


Agecroft Halls and Gardens

Richmond, VA

Balthis House

Front Royal, VA

Belle Boyd Cottage

Front Royal, VA

Belle Grove Plantation

Middletown, VA

Boykin's Tavern Museum

Isle of Wright, VA

Captain Timothy Hill House

Chincoteague Island, VA

Centre Hill Museum

Petersburg, VA


Henrico, VA

Dabbs House Museum

Henrico, VA

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Richmond, VA

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Alexandria, VA

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

Falmouth, VA

George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Washington's Birthplace, VA

Glencoe Museum & Gallery

Radford, VA

Gunston Hall

Lorton, VA

Haller-Gibboney Rock House Museum

Wytheville, VA

Hanover Tavern

Hanover, VA

Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Norfolk, VA

Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Sister's House

Fredericksburg, VA

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast

Orange, VA

Inn at Hans Meadow

Christiansburg, VA

Ivy Lodge Museum & Gift Shoppe

Front Royal, VA

John Marshall House

Richmond, VA

Ker Place

Onancock, VA

Lanesville Ordinary

Sterling, VA

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

Alexandria, VA

Magnolia Grange Plantation House Museum

Chesterfield, VA

Mansion on Main (Thomas House)

Smithfield, VA

Marshall House

Leesburg, VA

Maymont Mansion

Richmond, VA

Meadow Farm Museum

Glen Allen, VA


Warsaw, VA


Hampden-Sydney College, VA

Morven Park

Leesburg, VA

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Leesburg, VA

Old Coast Guard Station

Virginia Beach, VA

Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

Beaverdam, VA


Hampden-Sydney College, VA

Point of Honor

Lynchburg, VA

Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial

Brookneal, VA

Smith's Fort Plantation

Surry, VA

Stonewall Jackson House

Lexington, VA

Stratford Hall

Stratford, VA

Sully Historic Site

Chantilly, VA

Sutherlin Mansion - Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History

Danville, VA

Virginia's Bacon's Castle

Surry, VA

Walkerton Tavern

Glen Allen, VA

Weems-Botts Museum

Dumfries, VA

Weston Plantation

Hopewell, VA

White House of the Confederacy

Richmond, VA

Wickham House

Richmond, VA

Williams-Brown House

Salem, VA

Wilton House Museum

Richmond, VA






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