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Celebrate Virginia's Historic Homes This Month

In celebration of the executive mansion’s 200th anniversary, Gov. Bob McDonnell and first lady Maureen McDonnell designated 2013 the “Year of the Historic Home.”

Sully Historic Plantation; Patch photo by Mary Ann Barton
Sully Historic Plantation; Patch photo by Mary Ann Barton

By Sharon McLoone

Historic houses across the commonwealth will fling open their wrought iron gates and solid oak doors and let visitors stream in for free next weekend, Sept. 14 and 15.

There are more than 120 sites across Virginia classified as historic homes that span from pre-Colonial times through the Modern era, all of which provide cultural, historical, and architectural information and promote an understanding of Virginia history.

In addition to Chantilly’s Sully Historic Site, other area homes participating include Arlington’s Ball-Sellers House, Alexandria’s Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Lorton’s Gunston Hall, Sterling’s Lanesville Ordinary and Fredericksburg’s Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Sister's House.

For specific details of each participating home, as well as their hours of operation during the special event weekend, visit the Virginia Historic Home website. Click on the “time travelers” link on the site and print the passport for free admission.

Ron Johnson September 05, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Cuccinelli's record proves he is for limited government interference in our lives. The free market system our founders developed will always produce better results then government bureaucrats.
Ron Johnson September 05, 2013 at 11:17 AM
The Democrat war continues: war against women, war against babies, war against jobs, war against small business, war against initiative, war against healthcare and now war that chooses sides between a dictator and Islamist facists.

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