A Statement from Elizabeth S. Kostelny, Preservation Virginia CEO, on the COVID-19 Virus
After assessing the COVID-19 situation and receiving advice from public health officials, other museums and our trustees, we feel the need to temporarily close our six historic sites open to the public for the health and safety of our guests until April 24th.
At that time, we’ll re-assess based on recommendations from local, state and federal leadership. Our staff continues to create engaging programming which will resume across the Commonwealth as soon as it is safe to do so. We’ll keep you updated on our ongoing research and preservation efforts through our website, blog and social media channels. If you find you have time on your hands the next couple of weeks, we’ll have plenty of interesting stories for you to follow. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can visit our historic sites digitally through virtual tours on Encyclopedia Virginia’s website:
We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unusual circumstance. To all our Preservation Virginia friends, stay well, stay safe and we will get through this difficult period together.
Elizabeth S. Kostelny
Chief Executive Officer
Explore 100 Miles of History
When it’s deemed safe to re-open our historic sites following the COVID-19 outbreak, come visit Preservation Virginia’s six locations to explore 100 miles of history. Planning a group tour? We can help craft a memorable experience for your group, whether you are looking for the perfect day trip or a multi-day tour. Learn more about our sites and contact us today.
Scotchtown is the only original standing home of Patrick Henry, patriot and orator of the American Revolution, open to the public. Henry lived here from 1771–1778 and conceived his most influential revolutionary ideas at the home. Guests can learn how his ideas of revolution spread and influenced future generations.
John Marshall is known as the “Great Chief Justice” for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court. With the largest collection of original Marshall family pieces, guided tours of his home offer an in-depth look at the formation of American government and the nation’s complex history.
Historic Jamestowne is the actual site of the first permanent British settlement in North America. Guests can explore how archaeology, science and history are telling the complete story of survival, democracy and freedom in Colonial America.
Smith’s Fort Plantation is located on the site of Captain John Smith’s planned “New Fort.” The land was given by Chief Wahunsenacawh (Powhatan) as a dowry for his daughter Pocahontas upon her marriage to John Rolfe solidifying ties between the colonists and Virginia Indians. After touring Smith’s Fort, visitors can ride the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry for free to visit Historic Jamestowne or take a short car ride to Bacon’s Castle.
Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick dwelling in North America and was once home to prosperous merchant and planter, Arthur Allen. The home features 17th century English formal gardens restored by the Garden Club of Virginia and outbuildings, including an original 1830s slave quarter. Tours cover the lives and legacies of the families, including those of the enslaved people and sharecroppers, who lived at Bacon’s Castle.
Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first federally funded lighthouse. It was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. The lighthouse tower is inaccessible for climbing until Spring 2019 due to our dune restoration project. However, visitors can participate in walking tours of the historic Cape Henry area surrounding the lighthouse and enjoy our new shuttle service!