Craving a blast from the past? Get a dose of history and celebrate President’s day at these exciting attractions in Coastal Virginia.
Here are 4 places to visit this President’s day in COVA:
If you’re a history lover, Colonial and Revolutionary War sites are a must-see! Stroll through Colonial Williamsburg and explore the historic shops! You can also take a historic journey through the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. These two living-history museums include artifact-filled exhibition galleries and activities in outdoor living-history areas to learn about life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Coming soon is the Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, with 13 days of festivities beginning in March including tours of the expensive gallery exhibits, military music, and more in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. LEARN MORE
GW really did sleep here! You hear it a lot – but this time it’s true. George Washington really did sleep at the Smithfield Inn back in the day. And if you are looking for a stay in an authentic historic property, look no further than the Smithfield Inn. Built in 1752, the Inn features several suites, an outstanding restaurant and popular bar – all located in the heart of downtown Smithfield. And while you’re in town, the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse and Isle of Wight County Museum are just steps away so you can learn more about the history of this charming small town. LEARN MORE
Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base and is full of American history! For example, the MacArthur Memorial, dedicated to the life and legacy of General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur, is open to the public and is located in downtown Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located inside the science maritime museum Nauticus, presents more than two centuries of naval activity & history in and around the great harbors of the region. Take a stroll through history at the Armed Forces Memorial. Bronze letters are scattered throughout the park. Each letter is taken from original writings sent home by a solider at war. This is just a sampling; there’s so much more to learn. Check out www.visitnorfolktoday.com for more information! LEARN MORE
Fort Monroe National Monument is located at Old Point Comfort where the Hampton Roads harbor meets the Chesapeake Bay. Also known as “Freedom’s Fortress” the fort helped shelter thousands of slave refugees during the Civil War. The Casemate Museum houses the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned, and Abraham Lincoln visited the fort May 6-11, 1862 and resided at Fort Monroe Quarters 1. LEARN MOREArts & Culture | Attractions | COVA | Featured | February | Free & Almost Free | Hampton | History | Norfolk | Smithfield | Things to Do | Tours | Williamsburg