Virginia is replete with mountains and beaches, nightlife of nearby cities, and offers foodies delicious options. For visitors touring Washington DC, the state offers unique tourist attractions including graffiti reminiscent of the Civil War, cemetery where wedding ceremonies unfold, and a Shakespeare Theater. Below is a compilation of three must-see attractions of Virginia.
Civil War Graffiti in Fairfax
On the walls of Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, visitors often come across wall graffiti. Historic Blenheim is a farmhouse made of bricks constructed by Albert Willcoxon prior to the Civil War. It offers a throwback to America of 19th Century. Its estate’s first resident was Albert Willcoxon, a farmer, who provided agricultural goods and more to Confederate soldiers to create wall graffiti. The graffiti throws light on the usual life of troops, and shows the effect the war had on locals like the Willcoxon family, the enslaved and free people of American descent.
American Shakespeare Center in Staunton
The center named after Shakespeare is home to Blackfriars Playhouse, a place for the lovers of performing arts. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of what is billed as a recreation of the bard’s indoor theater that is one of a kind not only in Virginia but worldwide. A tablet in the lobby of Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton reveals ‘Lord Chamberlain’s Men’ as the money backers of the 1590 Broadway plays of Shakespeare.
George Washington Distillery and Gristmill in Mount Vernon
Some 2.7 miles away from the entrance of Mount Vernon estate resides reconstructions of the Gristmill. It is from where the first American President produced cornmeal and floor. This historic building features a tall waterwheel, and 18th Century technology that was used to distill whiskey. It is still functioning as of now so you can discover how George Washington’s whiskey is being made. The site is reopened of late to some amount of hype surrounding Rye Whisky and flour milling process.
Besides these places, if you go to Grottoes town of Virginia while touring Washington DC, make it a point to visit the Grand Caverns too that holds the merit of being the oldest existing tourist cave in the United States since 1806. It was a tourist attraction even for the soldiers during American Civil War that occurred during 1861 to 1865.