Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Historic Homes Across Virginia to Open Free to the Public September 14-15

English: The state seal of Virginia. Српски / ...
English: The state seal of Virginia. Српски / Srpski: Застава америчке савезне државе Вирџиније. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RICHMOND – In celebration of the Executive Mansion’s 200th Anniversary, Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell designated 2013 the “Year of the Historic Home.” As a part of that effort, exclusively during the weekend of September 14 and 15, 2013, many of Virginia’s renowned historic homes and museums will be open admission-free to the public. Visitors just need to click HERE to print their ‘passport’ for free admission to the participating sites.

            “We are 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 we are looking forward to promoting this initiative in September across the Commonwealth. We encourage you to print your passport and visit these historic sites, which have been home to many of America’s Founding Fathers, U.S. presidents, and many other significant figures.”

            There are over 120 sites 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, over 50 homes throughout Virginia are coming together to offer free access to the public for the weekend of September 14 and 15

            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 visit the Virginia Historic Home website athttp://www.historicalhomes.virginia.gov/. Click on the “time travelers” link while on the site and print your passport in order to be granted free admission.

Agecroft Halls and Gardens
Arlington, VA
Balthis House
Front Royal, VA
Belle Boyd Cottage
Front Royal, VA
Belle Grove Plantation
Middletown, VA
Belle Grove Plantation, Birthplace of James Madison
King George, 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
Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Historical Home
Wytheville, 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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