Explore 100 Miles of History in 2021
Preservation Virginia owns and operates six historic locations open to the public. It’s roughly 100 miles from Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown in Hanover County to Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia Beach- 100 Miles of History! Along the way, visit the John Marshall House, Historic Jamestowne, Smith’s Fort and Bacon’s Castle. 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 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 dwelling. 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 public works project of the newly formed United States government. It was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. The Lighthouse is situated near the “First Landing” site where English settlers first set foot on their way to settle in Jamestown. Built with the same Aquia sandstone as much of Washington, D.C, the lighthouse guided sea travelers to safety for almost 100 years.