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Walk in the steps of Marshall!
George C. Marshall: He won the war. He won the peace. Learn about the man known as World War II's "Organizer of Victory," and Nobel Peace Prize winner for the Marshall Plan. Marshall is the Virginia Military Institute's most famous graduate (Class of 1901) and its only five-star general. The independent, non-profit George C. Marshall Foundation preserves and perpetuates Marshall's legacy through the George C. Marshall Museum & Library and offers a wide range of programming and resources for use by the general public, amateur historians, scholars and students of all ages. We are located on the Parade Ground at VMI.
In 1818 the Lexington Arsenal was created in Lexington, Virginia to store weapons intended for use by the state militia. In 1839 the Virginia Military Institute was founded as the first state-supported military college in the nation. Small at first, the institute grew and is currently home to approximately 1,700 cadets. VMI offers four year undergraduate degree programs in liberal arts, science, engineering, and social sciences requiring its students to maintain an academically and physically rigorous schedule that is intended to prepare them for roles as citizen soldiers.
Come experience family life on the eve of the American Civil War as you explore the finely preserved home and garden of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, the man who became a legend.
In May of 1864, the town of New Market, Virginia found itself at the center of the turmoil and chaos that accompanies a battle. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the residents of New Market were no strangers to troop movements, skirmishes, and the rumbling of artillery fire in the distance as the American Civil War waged on in its 3rd year. These inhabitants certainly hoped that the furor of combat would never reach their streets. The Bushong family sheltered in their cellar as the heaviest of the fighting occurred around their home; small windows offered glimpses of the bedlam surrounding them. They were witness to the advance of 257 Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute as they filled in a gap in the Confederate line; thus, allowing the Southern forces to redouble their efforts and force the retreat of the Union troops. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War, along with original and reconstructed Bushong Farm buildings, stand on the now hushed battleground.
The Birthplace of Country Music showcases Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, Radio Bristol, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs.
The East Main Street Historic District showcases the expansion of Christiansburg's upper middle class residential section during the 1890-1940 period. Business people and professionals built houses here in a variety of common styles such as Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Craftsman.
What is an American? What is American Culture? Why are we who we are today? The answer lies in the past. Explore 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries cultures, learn about the frontier experiences of peoples, and understand how Americans became Americans.
Montgomery County is located in the New River Valley area of southwest Virginia. Christiansburg, the county seat, was established in 1792. Christiansburg is laid out in a courthouse square plan with Main Street and Franklin Street intersecting at a public square. The Christiansburg Downtown Historic District encompasses the historic governmental, institutional, and commercial core of the town along with its town square and associated monuments. The collection of historic properties within the district is illustrative of towns that served as the seat of both government and commerce in the region from the mid-nineteenth through mid-twentieth centuries.
Take a statewide road trip of beautiful stained- and leaded-glass windows from the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Welcome to historic Wytheville! Located off of I-81, Wytheville offers multiple museums and cultural centers sure to quench your thirst for knowledge! Explore the world of Wytheville's first resident physician at the Haller-Gibboney Rock House, learn about the "Father of Wytheville" and local triumphs and tragedies at the Thomas J. Boyd Museum, and travel back in time along the Great Lakes to Florida Highway (Route 21) at the Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum!
Richmond: Capital of the Confederacy. That's what we're used to hearing. But there's so much more to the story.
Edgar Allan Poe shaped the literary world as we know it today. Though most well-known for his macabre short stories and poetry, he also pioneered science fiction and detective stories. He spent more time in Richmond than any other city. Come see how this city shaped this remarkable author.
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