Isle of Wight County Courthouse Complex

Around 1780 Major Francis Boykin purchased a circa-1760 two-room dwelling with basement on a 400-acre plantation, property now occupied by the Isle of Wight County Courthouse Complex. Boykin established a […]

Crawford House Hotel

The Crawford House Hotel was erected in 1835 and was named in honor of William Crawford, the founder of the city of Portsmouth. The four-and-a-half-story brick building was not only […]


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, […]

West Freemason Street Area Historic District

The compact neighborhood near the Elizabeth River that includes West Freemason, Bute, Duke, Botetourt, Dunmore, and Yarmouth streets was one of the first neighborhoods outside the colonial limits of Norfolk. […]


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 […]


John Tyler, tenth president of the United States, was born at Greenway in Charles City County on March 29, 1790. Amid a cluster of outbuildings, the dormered residence is typical […]

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 […]