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Gloucester Courthouse, Virginia

The Rosewell Plantation Ruins

This once-palatial plantation may have been the site where a draft of the Declaration of Independence was written.
Norfolk, Virginia

Mary Hardy MacArthur Memorial

The childhood home of the famous general's mother is now a small, walled garden.
Norfolk, Virginia

Cementiscope

A cement mixer-turned-kaleidoscope in downtown Norfolk offers different views of the city.
Norfolk, Virginia

Yellow Fever Park

One tiny triangular park commemorates the victims of a yellow fever epidemic—many of whom are buried right below the grass.
Norfolk, Virginia

Cannonball in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

This cannonball stands as a reminder of the final act of a fleeting governor amidst a revolution.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mount Trashmore

Scenic mount trashmore, Virginia Beach's most curious waterfront still has a couple of secrets.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Witch of Pungo Statue

This statue is dedicated to Grace Sherwood, the last person in Virginia to be convicted of being a witch.
Hampton, Virginia

Emancipation Oak

This tree is a living witness to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
Alexandria, Virginia

Laurel Grove School Museum

The only remaining African American schoolhouse in northern Virginia is now a museum dedicated to formerly enslaved people.
Wheaton, Maryland

Brookside Gardens Reflection Terrace

Hidden within an idyllic suburban garden is a memorial dedicated to the victims of a terrifying spree of killings committed on U.S. soil.
Poolesville, Maryland

Seneca Schoolhouse

The oldest surviving one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Oxon Hill, Maryland

The Awakening

The 72-foot giant escaped confinement in a large patch of mulch only to be reburied in the sandy shores of the Potomac River.
Falls Church, Virginia

'The Fountain Of Faith'

These figures float and flutter in this fountain crafted by famed Swedish sculptor Carl Milles.
Lorton, Virginia

Pohick Church

This church is known as "The Home Church of George Washington and George Mason."
Washington, D.C.

Senate Corncob Capitals

Corn-inthian columns with a uniquely American take on neoclassical architecture.
White Post, Virginia

The White Post

An eponymous directional signpost erected by the first president of the United States.
Lorton, Virginia

George Mason's Gunston Hall

The former home of the man whose radical ideas changed the nation.
Sterling, Virginia

Dulles Airport Mobile Lounges

These unusual rooms on wheels are holdovers from the 1960s.
Springfield, Virginia

Orange and Alexandria Railroad Culvert

This little brick tunnel built by Confederate forces was used to conduct surprise attacks on the railroad.
Eastham, Massachusetts

Three Sisters Lighthouses

These three lighthouses played a fundamental role in the maritime life of Eastham.
Alexandria, Virginia

Wilkes Street Tunnel

This brick-lined pedestrian walkway was once a railway tunnel used during the Civil War.
Triangle, Virginia

Staff Sgt. Reckless Monument

A memorial dedicated to a highly decorated Marine and Korean War veteran, who also happened to be a horse.
Goldvein, Virginia

Hornet Balls

These massive concrete balls were used to mine gold in Virginia.
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

This war hero's old shop remembers the fine line between medicine and quackery during the Revolutionary War.