Historically interesting places
Jamestown was founded as James Fort in Virginia in 1607 and went down in history
as the place of settlement - where it all began, the only permanently settled
colony on American soil. Unfortunately, there is not much left of the historic
Jamestown today, which is mainly associated with the parched British pilgrims
who came across the sea with the Mayflower. The remains of the old colonial
settlement, which was named after King James I of England, are looked after by
the National Park Service and belong to the Colonial National Historical Park.
1633, Williamsburg was founded as part of Jamestown, which 33 years later became
the seat of government. Until the official appointment of Richmond as the center
of government and capital in 1788, Williamsburg served as the main seat of the
British colony or the later Commonwealth of Virginia. Today there are around
12,000 inhabitants in the city, most of whom live from tourism. In the 18th
century, several million were invested in the Colonial Williamsburg project,
which served the reconstruction and turned it into a living museum, which is
primarily a protected monument and attracts around 1 million visitors behind its
colonial facades every year.
The Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia was officially founded in Richmond in 1823 and is one of
the oldest state libraries in the United States. Her collection, including the
history of settlements and the Virginia Assembly, is described as so massive
that even the best librarian can hardly keep an overview. Its origins go back to
the first settlers who collected and archived notes, documents and pictures.
Today readings and speeches are held there, educational programs are offered and
exhibitions are exhibited. The huge library building is on East Broad Street, 2
blocks from the Virginia State Capitol.
Mount Vernon is the former country home of George Washington (1732-1799), the
first President of the United States to inherit the colonial-style building from
his sister-in-law Anne in 1761. In the following decades it was expanded and
rebuilt several times. The entire site covers an area of 3,240 ha = 32.4 km².
The house is located about 20 km south of the White House, the President's seat
of government in Washington on the Potomac River.
Here George Washington, his wife and some family members found their final
On July 4th - Independence Day - men in old uniforms with cannons marched across
the country estate, where immigrants were granted American citizenship in a
ceremonial ceremony on the same day
Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond
The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond is a major memorial dedicated to
the American civil rights movement. It is located on the Virginia State Capitol
grounds and was unveiled in 2008. It consists of 18 statues by relevant civil
rights activists such as B. Barbara Rose Johns and Oliver Hill and two
significant quotes. It was dedicated to the struggle of segregation in
Appomattox Court House
The tiny village of Appomattox Court House was originally built in 1846. Here,
in the McLean House on April 9, 1865, the Robert Virginia Lee's West Virginia
Army Surrender was signed. This is the official end of the American civil war.
Nowadays, Appomattox County is a large open-air museum that provides information
about the role of the former slave states, among other things, and weapons that
were used during the civil war.
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
The Vermountain Victory National Historic Trail runs through the states of North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The historical route from 1780
follows the march of the pioneers who crossed the Appalachian Mountains and thus
initiated the western expansion of the USA. The trail has a length of approx.
530 km and is therefore one of the long-distance hiking trails. However, the
entire trail has not yet been completed as a long-distance hiking trail. The
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail has been part of the National
Trails System since 1980.
Special buildings and structures
Directly on the border with Washington DC on the Potomac River in Arlington is
the most famous pentagonal office building in the world: the Pentagon -
headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. With a floor area of
135,000 m² and a circumference of 280 m, it is the seventh largest building in
the world, which is also surrounded by 50 hectares of park and lawn. It was
built in 1941 and specially designed so that each point is only about a
seven-minute walk from another. In addition to the World Trade Center, the
Pentagon was badly damaged in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and over
125 people died in the rooms of the building.
Virginia State Capitol
Since 1788, the Virginia State Capitol in the capital, Richmond, has been the
seat of government of the Commonwealth of Virginia (official name of the state).
This is where the Virginia General Assembly meets, which has existed since 1619
and is the oldest government in the United States. The State Capitol was
designed in 1785 by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.
At the time, he designed his exterior together with the French architect and
painter Charles-Louis Clérisseau, who is considered a pioneer of classicism. The
Virginia State Capitol is strongly reminiscent of the Maison Carré, a former
Roman temple in Nîmes, France, which was used as a template.
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park was founded in 1936 and contains over 30
different historic sites around the city of Richmond, which played a significant
role in Virginia during the American Civil War. B. The Shelton House (or Rural
Plains), which was built around 1670 and was badly destroyed in the war. The
house was declared a national historical site in 1975 and placed under
protection. The oldest Civil War war hospital is also located there. Richmond
National Battlefield Park receives around 70,000 visitors annually.
In addition to many other historic sites, Jamestown is the oldest church in the
United States, first built by European immigrants in 1639. The entire
construction of Jamestown Church took four years. It and St. Luke's Church from
1632, not far from it, are among a few buildings from this period that still
partially exist today. Jamestown Church is part of the Jamestown National
Historic Site, a governmental organization that aims to preserve, protect, and
educate the public for the traces of the first English settlers. It can be
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