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Places to Visit

Virginia is an American history icon. Our country began here in 1607, and it's no surprise that the Old Dominion has more than its share of historic and historical sites, exhibits, monuments and legendary personas. From moving veterans memorials, to state-of-the-art military history museums, you'll find interesting locations all across the state. For the casual browser or the serious history buff, visitors will likely never

exhaust the historical experiences available in Virginia. So dive into history—use the menu buttons on the left to view some of the best Virginia has to offer!

Richmond Area

 

U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum

2220 Adams Ave,

Fort Lee, VA 23801

The US Army Quartermaster Museum (located just outside of Petersburg, VA at Fort Lee) collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the history of the Quartermaster Corps from 1775, through WWI and WWII, to the present. To this end, the Museum has collected nearly 24,000 artifacts relating to the Corps' history and has assembled thousands of documents relating to quartermasters.

U.S. Army Women's Museum

2100 A Avenue,

Fort Lee, VA 23801

The US Army Women's Museum, located at Fort Lee, is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of women in the U.S. Army and the only museum of it's kind in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Museum's archive has one of the most comprehensive collections in the world of primary and secondary documents, artifacts, and materials pertaining to the service of women in U.S. Army branches and organizations.

Maymont Mansion

1700 Hampton Street

Richmond, VA 23220

As part of the national centennial observance of WWI, the Maymont Mansion provides a glimpse into the war’s effect on the Dooley household and other Richmonders. Visit the Dooleys’ Gilded Age home to see how citizens rallied to support the war, from Major Dooley's financial support with the largest purchase of Liberty Bonds in Virginia, to the immensely important activities of women “doing their bit” for the country, to the Maymont butler and chauffeur who enlisted.

Virginia Museum of History & Culture

428 North Boulevard,

Richmond, VA 23220

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture, formerly known as the Virginia Historical Society, was founded in 1831. It has operated without interruption for more than 180 years. The VMHC is the only organization dedicated to collecting and interpreting all of Virginia’s history—all areas, all time periods, and all people, including WWI and WWII.  For this reason, although it is a private non-profit, the General Assembly designated it as the state's official historical society. 

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary St,

Richmond, VA 23223

Founded to educate the community about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Virginia Holocaust Museum serves to memorialize and document the atrocities that occurred during World War II. Through exhibits, programming, and outreach, the Museum uses the history of genocide to teach the dangers of prejudice and indifference. 

Virginia War Memorial

621 S. Belvidere St,

Richmond, VA 23220

A soaring tribute to the service and sacrifice of Virginia veterans and citizens in time of war, The Memorial honors all veterans and particularly those nearly 12,000 Virginians killed in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the Global War on Terror. It also features several WWI and WWII military and historical exhibits in the Heilman Amphitheater and Galanti Educational Center. 

WWI Memorial Carillon

1300 Blanton Ave,

Richmond, VA

Rising a lofty 240 feet in the heart of Richmond’s Byrd Park stands the Virginia War Memorial Carillon—the Commonwealth’s official monument to the men and women who died as a result of World War I. The majestic tower, dedicated in 1932, houses a massive musical instrument made up of 53 fixed bronze bells, still played during annual holiday concerts.

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Central, Southern, and Virginia Mountains

AAF Tank Museum

3401 U.S. Highway 29,

Danville, VA 24540

The AAF Tank Museum is a living memorial dedicated to the Tank and Cavalry soldiers of the world. The museum collects, restores, displays and preserves as many military artifacts as possible from pre-WWI, and from WWII through the present. The museum houses one of the most extensive collections of International Tank and Cavalry artifacts in the world, including over 120 tanks and artillery pieces, and so much more.

Lynchburg Museum and Monument Terrace

901 Court St,

Lynchburg, VA 24504

The inspiring rise of Monument Terrace commemorates Lynchburg citizens who fought and died in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and present day. At the base on Church Street stands the iconic doughboy statue. Many other sculptures and markers line the 139 steps and terraces all the way to the top, where the Lynchburg Museum stands on Court Street. The museum features local history exhibits, including "Lynchburg in WWI."

National D-Day Memorial

3 Overlord Cir,

Bedford, VA 24523

Located in the town that suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation, the National D-Day Memorial pays tribute to the Allied Forces of the largest land, sea, and air operation in history: the Invasion of Normandy. The D-Day memorial features an English Garden, a haunting invasion scene and statuary, and the Victory Arch, serving as a tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of D-Day’s servicemen & servicewomen.

Veterans Memorial Field

Nelson Co. High School,

Lovingston, VA 22949

The Nelson County Veterans Memorial Field was dedicated 60 years ago soon after the new high school was built. The idea for the memorial was created by Central Virginia Electric Cooperative CEO and the Superintendent of Schools.

The memorial is made of soapstone from Alberene Soapstone Plant at Schuyler, cut and placed there by the plant workers.

It stands as a memorial to Nelson County's WWI, WWII and Korean War veterans who lost their lives in those conflicts.

Walton's Mountain Museum

6484 Rockfish River Rd,

Schuyler, VA 22969

The Military Room at the Walton's Mountain Museum in Schuyler, Virginia, features a large selection of WWI and WWII items (both American and German), detailing our country's involvement in the conflicts. Their collection includes helmets, grenades, gas masks, munitions belts, uniforms, mess kits, footlockers, canteens, boots, medical items, books and much more. 

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Chesapeake, Coastal, and Eastern Shore

Cape Henry Lighthouse - Fort Story

583 Atlantic Ave,

Fort Story, VA 23459

Located at the Fort Story US Army base, the new Cape Henry Lighthouse was built to replace the old one in 1881, and is the tallest cast iron lighthouse in the United States. The 164-foot octagonal tower has been operated by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1939. During the early part of World War II, the top was used as a battery commander's station for Battery Walke, which contained two 16-inch howitzers.