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Top Virginia Historical Sites

Our luxurious Virginia bed and breakfast is uniquely situated in the heart of Shenandoah Valley and along the Blue Ridge Wine Way, offering fantastic nearby hiking trails for our outdoor adventurists and providing the perfect path for our wine loving guests. We also happen to be in close driving distance of some of the country’s most significant historic sites. So we’ve decided to create a guide for our visiting history buffs, based on some of our favorites.

Montpelier Estate

“From the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, to our newest permanent exhibition, The Mere Distinction of Colour, Montpelier connects the past to the present through the lens of the Constitution and engages the public in elevated conversations about rights, and the struggle for freedom.”

James Madison's Montpelier Estate

Courtesy of James Madison’s Montpelier Facebook Page

 

About an hour drive south from the Manor, a visit to James Madison’s Montpelier Estate is well worth the trip. Tour the 2,650 acres and over eight miles of beautiful walking trails and learn about the rich history of this gorgeous establishment, our 4th president and first lady, and the foundation of this country. Be sure to stop for lunch at their fabulous onsite restaurant Exchange Cafe. If you prefer a guided tour, allow for at least two hours on the property. You’ll experience an informative journey through the mansion as well as a chance to explore the Cellar Gallery. Montpelier is open daily from 9am to 5pm and offers tours throughout the day. Buy your tickets online for a discount.

Manassas National Battlefield

If you drive 45 minutes east from our luxury lodging in Huntly, VA, you’ll come to the battlefield sites of Manassas. Arriving here feels like a journey in time travel as a lot of the landscape within the park still retains its Civil Wartime atmosphere. Learn about the two battles between the Union and Confederate armies that occurred in 1861 and 1862, also known as Bull Run. The park is open daily from dusk till dawn and while you’re there, you can join a guided walking ranger tour or even catch a live demonstration on Henry Hill. See website for dates and more information.

Manassas National Battlefield in Virginia

Belle Grove Plantation

Located about 30 minutes northwest from Glen Gordon Manor, near Middleton, VA is the beautiful Belle Grove Plantation. Nelly Madison Hite, President James Madison’s sister, and her husband Major Isaac Hite built this Jeffersonian-style Manor House in 1797 and it still stands on the Belle Grove historic site today. Additionally, you can find an original icehouse and smokehouse, a slave cemetery, a teaching garden, a heritage apple orchard, and an early 20th century barn on the plantation’s property. Guided tours are available and we recommend also leaving time to explore on your own or have a picnic on the lawn or tables dispersed throughout the grounds.

Tom’s Brook & Woodstock Battlefields

Just 15 minutes south of Belle Grove are the Toms Brook and Woodstock Battlefields, another significant Civil War site and worth a visit. While not one of the bigger or more famous battles, it was an important Union victory that occurred October 9, 1864. Now part of Shenandoah Valley Park, nearly 500 acres have been preserved. Enjoy a casual wander through these now peaceful grounds and maybe play a round of frisbee golf while you’re there!

Tom Brooks Battlefield and Woodstock Battlefield in VA

Whether you are a Civil War geek, love history in general, or just enjoy a different way to experience the stunning scenery of the Shenandoah, this is a fantastic start to all of the above. Book your historic getaway at our historic and romantic Virginia Manor today!

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