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Richmond, Virginia

Sharp's Island

This historic, one-acre island is the only legal place to camp in the city of Richmond.
Alexandria, Virginia

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution

The final resting place of an unidentified revolutionary soldier sits behind a Virginia church.
Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Airport Civil War Fortifications

The airport was once a Civil War battleground, and the earthwork defenses can still be seen today.
Arlington, Virginia

Ronald Reagan National Airport's Historic Terminal A

The romance of early commercial flight still fills this Art Deco destination.
Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Virginia's Seven Society

The story behind the mysterious symbol painted in front of the historic university's famous Rotunda.
Arlington, Virginia

George Washington Memorial Parkway

This isn't your average roadway—it's actually a National Park and a transportation pioneer.
Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello's Vegetable Garden and Fruitery

Thomas Jefferson's estate is home to hundreds of varieties of historic fruits and vegetables.
Hopewell, Virginia

Grant's Headquarters at City Point

For nearly a year, General Ulysses S. Grant was based here during the American Civil War.
Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Misty of Chincoteague

The taxidermy remains of the most popular pony in children's literature.
Arlington, Virginia

The Graves of Robert E. Lee's Garden

Soldiers were buried next to Lee's house in the center of Arlington Cemetery to dissuade the general from reclaiming his property after the war.
Richmond, Virginia

Byrd Theatre

This beautiful vintage movie palace has seen little change in form or function since the 1920s.
Richmond, Virginia

Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Within this lovely Richmond cemetery lie the remains of famous Virginians and some of Edgar Allan Poe's most beloved family and friends.
Petersburg, Virginia

The Crater

An innovative attempt to break a siege in the American Civil War still scars the earth today.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Wash Woods Settlement

The eerie ruins of a remote abandoned hamlet said to be founded by the survivors of a shipwreck.
Richmond, Virginia

Church Hill Tunnel

Under a playground is a little-known sealed train tunnel that likely contains the bodies of workers trapped by cave-ins.
Richmond, Virginia

Egyptian Building

A convincing little bit of ancient Egypt smack dab in Richmond, Virginia.
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
Richmond, Virginia

The Markel Building

Inspired by a foil-wrapped potato, (seriously) the Markel Building has been deemed one of the 10 ugliest buildings in the world.
Williamsburg, Virginia

Eastern State Hospital

America's first public mental health facility.
Petersburg, Virginia

The Tombstone House

A home built with marble tombstones from the graves of 2,200 Union soldiers buried in a Virginia cemetery.
Richmond, Virginia

Hollywood Cemetery

The final resting place of two (or three) presidents, one vampire, and 18,000 Confederate soldiers.
Richmond, Virginia

Ruins of Belle Isle

A small Richmond island dotted with the remnants of hundreds of years of history.
Mechanicsville, Virginia

The Ghost Church

The skeletal white beams stand as a monument to religious dissent.
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Raven Room

Edgar Allan Poe's old dorm is now a shrine to the author's legacy.