Explore History

Stratford Hall Approximately 15 miles from our location. The birthplace of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Stratford Hall preserves the legacy of the Lee family and its plantation community, inspires an appreciation of America’s past, and encourages commitment to the ideals of leadership,honor, independent thought and civic responsibility.
George Washington Birthplace Approximately 5 miles from our location. George Washington was born at Popes Creek in 1732 and remained at this plantation until age 3. Over his lifetime, he made many trips back to Popes Creek, and through the area known as the Northern Neck of Virginia, to see friends and relatives.
George Washington Boyhood Home George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to a farm in Stafford County, Virginia. The Washingtons called this place the Home Farm but it later became known as Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the farm to the town of Fredericksburg.
James Monroe Birthplace In 1976 the College of William & Mary began the archaeological survey of the James Monroe Birthplace and uncovered the ruins of the Monroe Family Home. James Monroe spent his entire youth working the farm until he left for his education at The College of William & Mary.
Colonial Beach Historical Society & Museum Colonial Beach, Virginia, along with its surrounding area, is rich in history. The jewel of the Northern Neck, it has been home to inventors, fishermen, writers, gamblers and statesmen since its incorporation in 1892.
Kinsale Museum on the Green An extensive collection of photographs, scrapbooks and other mementoes bring the past alive in the present.
Westmoreland County Museum & Library The oldest museum in the Northern Neck was established to display Charles Willson Peale’s 1768 portrait of William Pitt, the British Parliamentarian behind the repeal of the Stamp Act. Exhibits and programs present and interpret Westmoreland County history from pre-colonial times to today.
Fredericksburg Battlefields Walking trails, guided tours and driving tours. With four major battlefields and five historic structures to preserve and share with the public, the park is the second-largest military park in the world.
Kenmore Plantation Built by George Washington’s sister Betty Washington Lewis and her husband, Fielding Lewis, this beautiful, Georgian-style, brick mansion reflects the pre-Revolutionary-War wealth and status of the Fredericksburg merchant.
Chatham Manor On the bluffs of the Rappahannock River overlooking Fredericksburg built in 1771 and visited by Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Clara Barton, Walt Whitman and others. Occupied by the Union Army during the Civil War & used as a field hospital.
Belle Grove Plantation – Birthplace of James Madison On the banks of the Rappahannock River, 20 minute drive from Colonial Beach, this 1791 mansion is the birthplace of President James Madison. For House tour information and special events see website.
Historic Fredericksburg Tours Carriage, trolley, boat, walking and self-guided tours through historic Fredericksburg.