Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 10, 2018

Amazing Virginia

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If you wish to step back into time to the period of the American Revolution then visit Colonial Williamsburg. Many of the original 18th-century buildings are still standing. Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia from 1705 and all through the Revolution. It was a most prosperous and politically active capital. Here costumed interpreters show visitors what life was like in days past.

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Visit such impressive places like the Governor’s Palace that was the official residence of the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia.

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Busch Gardens has made Europe its theme. This is an adventure park that includes such entertainment as southern Germany with dirndl-costumed dancers and a traditional Bavarian band. There are rides and roller coasters such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Alps. You can enjoy watching Border Collies herding sheep like they do in Scotland. The interactive aviary has lovely exotic birds.

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Visit Charlottesville to see one of the finest country houses in the U.S. Monticello has become one of the most visited presidential homes. It is a Palladian-style mansion that was designed by Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the U.S.  In the house, you can see Jefferson’s inventions. At the back of the house are historic gardens and below them the family cemetery with an obelisk marking Jefferson’s grave. There is an impressive outdoor exhibit Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello that offers a look at the lives of the people who worked and lived on the plantation.

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At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center are over 400 items on display, an introductory film and hands-on activities for children.

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The University of Virginia was founded and designed by Jefferson. There is an outstanding Rotunda. Edgar Allen Poe fans can take a look at his room in the West Building.  The university’s Art Museum has a permanent collection of American, European and Asian art.

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Nearby is Ash Lawn Highland the home of the 5th President of the U.S. James Monroe with lovely period gardens.

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The 1st President of the U.S George Washington lived at his home Mount Vernon in Alexandria from 1754 until his death 45 years later. This is a gracious 21-room plantation house. The colors throughout the house were those popular in the 18th century and the bright green walls in the New Room were Washington’s favorite.

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The grounds and gardens overlook the Potomac River. You can see native species of trees and shrubs. In the outbuildings, you can see demonstrations of blacksmithing, plowing, sheep shearing, weaving and grinding grain at the water-powered gristmill.

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Shenandoah National Park protects portions of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyline Drive runs the length of the park and is the northern continuation of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way, you can see the summer residence of the 31st President of the U.S. Herbert Hoover and the old Cave Cemetery below Dark Hollow Falls. There are many hiking trails.

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Stop to take a look at the Luray Caverns that have impressive formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The highlight here is the world’s only stalactite organ, where the stalactites resonate when struck with rubber mallets.

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Arlington National Cemetery overlooks the capital of the U.S. Washington D.C.

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The most visited grave here is that of 35th President of the U.S. John F. Kennedy with the eternal flame.

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Many visitors also visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is carved of white marble and watched by an honor guard  24/7. Here rest the remains of soldiers from both World Wars, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

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Here you’ll also find the famous Iwo Jima Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial that depicts the Joseph Rosenthal photo of five marines and one sailor raising the flag on Mount Suribachi.

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Other monuments include the Seabees Memorial

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and the Women in Military Service for American Memorial, a tribute to all women in the U.S. Military.

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Arlington House was built in the early 1800s by George Washington Parke Custis as a tribute to his step-grandfather, George Washington. However, the house is better known as the residence of Robert E. Lee and his wife, who lived there for 30 years. Lee was the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War and this house is now a memorial to him.

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Nearby is the tomb of Pierre L’Enfant, who designed the capital of the U.S. Washington D.C. His original city plan is carved in stone and this burial spot has lovely views of the city he planned.

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The mast of the Battleship Maine has been incorporated into a memorial to the casualties of the ship that sunk in the Havana Harbor in 1898, leading to the Spanish-American War.

Colonial National Historic Park includes both Jamestown and Yorktown, where the American Revolution ended. Jamestown is the oldest British settlement in North America and was established in 1607 by Captain John Smith. Today only the foundations of the 1630 church tower, the churchyard and the outlines of other buildings remain of the original settlement. There is a recreation of a Powhatan Village.

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Jamestown Settlement was built in 1957 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. A museum and exhibition galleries offer a look at England’s colonization of the New World, the history and culture of the Powhatans and the first 100 years of Jamestown.

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In 1922 a statue of Pocahontas by William Ordway Partridge was erected in memory of the role she played in smoothing relations between Native Americans and the settlers.

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In 1909 a statue of John Smith was erected by William Couper. James Fort is the re-creation of the one that the colonists built.

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At Yorktown Battlefield the English Army under Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French Armies. There are interactive displays and dioramas. Park rangers offer guided tours.

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Visitors can see the early 18th century Moore House where Cornwallis surrendered

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and Nelson House has a cannonball lodged in the wall near the upper window and is well-restored.

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Grace Episcopal Church has been standing since 1697.

Assateague is a 38-mile-long barrier island to the east of Chincoteague Island, which it protects from the Atlantic Ocean. The entire island is partly in Maryland and in Virginia and is a protected wildlife sanctuary.

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The southern end of Chincoteague is a protected National Wildlife Refuge and has 14,000 acres of shoreline, fresh and saltwater marshes, wetlands and forest habitat for over 320 species of shorebirds and waterfowl. The most famous residents of the two islands are wild ponies.

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Assateague is lined by one of the most beautiful beaches on the entire Atlantic coast. Besides watching the wild ponies visitors can swim, walk nature trails, take wildlife tours by bus or boat, watch birds, visit the famous lighthouse, kayak, go fishing or crabbing and collect seashells.

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The Natural Bridge towers over 215 feet high and has a span of 90 feet. It is one of America’s oldest tourist attractions and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was formed by the collapse of a cavern through which the Cedar Creek flowed. In 2014, this became a state park. As you walk along Cedar Creek Trail from Cascade Falls, under the bridge, and to Lace Falls you can visit an exhibit on the Monacans, the local Native American tribe and see a saltpeter mine that was used during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. U.S. Route 11 runs over the bridge.

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Nearby are the Natural Bridge Caverns where you can go 34 stories underground and see the Colossal Dome room, Mirror Lake and the stalactites and stalagmites.

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