The rich Virginia history pulsing through our state allows us to realize how far we’ve come. Take a peek at Virginia then & now!
Cape Henry Lighthouse
This little piece of Virginia history marks the southern entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Since its completion in 1792, this location has been of huge importance to a number of incoming and outgoing ships for the harbors. The Cape Henry Lighthouse was also the first federal construction project under the Constitution. After a number of years, a second lighthouse was erected in 1881 due to concerns that the original wasn’t stable or safe enough. Both lighthouses were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1970.
Five Forks Battlefield
If you want some wartime Virginia History, you don’t have to go too far. But the most notable would have to be Five Forks Battlefield. Here, Union Army forces broke through Confederate Army lines, making way to control the last rail line to Petersburg. Final surrender of the Confederate Army happened two weeks later.
The Hampton Institute is a private historically black university. This historic Virginia location was founded in 1868, by black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association. One of Hampton’s earliest students was Booker T. Washington, who eventually returned to Hampton to teach.
This beautiful feat of nature will be a part of Virginia history as long as nature will have it. This formation is in Rockbridge County, and it was formed by Cedar Creek carving out a gorge in the mountain’s limestone. Natural Bridge has been designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.
Old City Hall
Old City Hall, is the former city hall of Richmond. The city hall was in use from 1894 until the 1970s. The gorgeous building was designed in Gothic revival style and takes up an entire city block. Old City Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark for its meticulous architecture.