The Federal-style plantation house of Bentfield, located near the Meherrin River in Brunswick County, was built in 1810 by the Revolutionary War Colonel John (“Hellcat”) Jones, Jr. It was noted […]

Yorktown Historic District

Yorktown was established by 1691 and became a thriving center of commerce and trade. It is chiefly remembered, however, as the scene of the final battle of the American Revolution. […]

Lincoln Homestead and Cemetery

President Abraham Lincoln’s great-grandfather John Lincoln moved from Pennsylvania and settled in the Linville Creek area of Rockingham County in 1768. Although John’s eldest son, Abraham, grandfather of the president, […]

Virginia State Capitol (Capitol of Virginia)

The famed Virginia State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson with the assistance of the French architect Charles Louis Clerisseau. Inspired by the Maison Carree, a Roman temple in Nimes, […]


The contrasting qualities of elegance, domesticity, and remoteness, all characteristic of Virginia’s colonial plantation life, are keenly felt at Tuckahoe. The eastern Goochland County plantation was one of several established […]

Port Royal Historic District

The tiny Rappahannock River community of Port Royal in Caroline County was a thriving tobacco port during colonial times. Named for Thomas Roy’s tobacco warehouse, the town was established in […]


Wigwam was the home of William Branch Giles (1762-1830), who served Virginia in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and was elected governor in 1827. Giles […]

Alexandria Historic District

Alexandria was established in 1749 with its streets laid out in a uniform grid plan. It quickly became the principal seaport of Northern Virginia, witnessing the construction of numerous mansions, […]

Corbin Hall

Commanding a sweeping view across Chincoteague Bay atop terraced grounds, the plantation house at Corbin Hall was perhaps the most academic example of Georgian architecture on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Its […]