Friday, October 2, 2015

National Lands: Virginia (Part 1)

A statue in Historic Jamestowne commemorating ...
A statue in Historic Jamestowne commemorating the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Virginia is a state rich in historical significance and that is reflected in the number of parks that honor such events. The Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, which is located near Lynchburg, has Interstate 81 to the west. This place of the surrender of General Lee offers a look at the events of the Civil War. The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park is located in northern Virginia near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 66. Visitors can learn about the heritage of the Shenandoah Valley. Colonial National Historical Park gives a look back at the settlements of Jamestown and Yorktown. This park is located near Interstate 64. Also part of this historical park is Historic Jamestowne which features the recreation of the early settlement and Yorktown Battlefield, site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. The Cape Memorial honors the site of the first landing of colonists. The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, which is located in Richmond,  honors her work for civil rights.

English: Arlington House also known as the Rob...
English: Arlington House also known as the Robert E. Lee Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Virginia is the site of several National Battlefield Parks. The Richmond National Battlefield Park features many examples of life during the Civil War. South of Richmond on Interstate 85 is the Petersburg National Battlefield, site of another bloody Civil War battle. To the west of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 66 is the Manassas National Battlefield, which is the site of a Confederate victory. The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park was the scene of over 15,000 deaths during the Civil War. Interstate 95 runs through Fredericksburg.

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial pays respect to the Civil War general. The Booker T. Washington Memorial features the accomplishments of this famous man. The closest interstate is Interstate 81 and the memorial is located southeast of Roanoke. Fort Monroe National Monument presents the history of the Indians in the area as well as the Civil War history. This monument is located on Interstate 64 in the Hampton area.

Harper's Ferry National Historic Park runs through Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland and is located where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River. Interstate 70 is the closest interstate to this historical community that features hiking and museums. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is in Virginia and also Tennessee and Kentucky. This park is located in the tip of the southwest corner of Virginia. Interstate 81 is to the east and Interstate 75 is to the west. Historical buildings and hiking trails are just some of the activities available.

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