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What’s New

Virginia War Memorial: An education centre built partially underground will include an auditorium, theatre, library and exhibit spaces, focusing on Virginians' experience at war from Colonial times to present. Richmond.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground: This historic corridor follows U.S. Highway 15 south to Charlottesville and features some of the most historically significant sites in America.
SoVA Wine Trail: Connecting nine Southern Virginia wineries; it features small, boutique vineyards, restaurants, inns and bed & breakfasts.

Attractions
Colonial Williamsburg: 18th-century capital with more than 500 buildings restored to its colonial splendour. Williamsburg.
Crooked Road: Heritage Music Trail includes Blue Ridge Music Center, birthplace of Country Music Alliance and Carter Family Fold.
Museum and White House of the Confederacy: World’s largest collection of Confederate artifacts. Richmond.
Manassas National Battlefield Park: Site of the first major battle of the Civil War.
King’s Highway March to Freedom Trail: Stage and post route used by Generals Washington and Rochambeau to move their troops to the siege of Yorktown. Prince William County.
Historic Kenmore: A guided tour provides a look at the 18th century lives of Kenmore’s owners, their family and servants. Fredericksburg.
George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm: Features an archaeology lab and visitor centre. New self-guided tours cover 32 hectares. Fredericksburg.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Features a new library, museum shop, café and galleries. A 1.4-hectare park and sculpture garden lies outside. Richmond.

Events
Virginia Historic Garden Week (April), Statewide.
Virginia Arts FestivalDavid Cooper, Virginia Tourism CorporationVirginia Arts Festival (April), Various locations in Hampton Roads.
Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction (July), Assateague Island.
Galax Old Fiddlers Convention (August), Galax.
Hampton Bay Days (September), Hampton.
Virginia Wine Festival (September), Manassas.
Virginia State Fair (late September to early October), Doswell.
International Gold Cup (October), The Plains.
100 Miles of Lights (November to December), Richmond to Virginia Beach.
Grand Illumination (December), Williamsburg.

Places
Jamestown Settlement: First permanent English settlement in America featuring films, exhibits and living history.
Alexandria: Charming waterfront community with 18th- and 19th-century architecture, historic sites, tours, shops and restaurants.
Roanoke: Surrounded by mountains, with easy access to golf, museums, farmers’ markets, shops and restaurants.
Mount Vernon: Mansion and outbuildings, including slave quarters, greenhouse and gardens. Alexandria City.
Montpelier: Historic Home of James and Dolly Madison has been restored and expanded to include a visitor’s centre. Montpelier.
George Washington Estate and Gardens: Reconstructed blacksmith shop at the original location of George Washington’s shop. Mount Vernon.

Hidden Gems
Taubman Museum of Art: Treasures from some of the most recognizable names in modern and classical art. Roanoke.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley: Explores Valley history and displays decorative arts, paintings and furniture. Winchester.
The American Civil War Center: All of the stories – Union, Confederate and African American – share significant space. Richmond.
Ralph Stanley Museum: Interactive museum combines the career of Dr. Ralph Stanley, and the history of mountain and Bluegrass music. Clintwood.

Did You Know?
State Motto: Thus Always To Tyrants
State Flower: Dogwood
State Bird: Cardinal

Fast Facts
Region: MID-ATLANTIC
America’s Byways: Blue Ridge Parkway, Colonial Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Skyline Drive.
Direct Flights: Air Canada, United Express
Cruise Lines: Carnival, Holland America, Royal Caribbean
Sales Tools: Virginia Is For Lovers Travel Guide, Virginia e-Newsletter,
Info: Virginia Tourism Corporation
1-800-671-4195
www.virginia.org
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