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Central Virginia is full of interesting cities and attractions including Richmond, the "Capital of the Confederacy" as well as the state capital. And don't miss Paramount's Kings Dominion Theme Park just north of Richmond.

Also in Richmond:

White House of the Confereracy
Museum of the Confereracy
Virginia Musueum of Fine Arts
Tredeger Civil War Visitors Center
Virginia State Capital
Numerous Art Galleries and Antique shops

In an ironic twist, Richmond is also known as "the birthplace of black capitalism", so the region is layered in American history. Some examples of this include the home of Maggie Walker, the first female bank president in America, also the daughter of a former slave. Also explore the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center, which features over 1400 acres of civil war sites and has an exhibition on the role of African Americans during the War between States. If modern is more your style, visit the Virginia Museum of fine arts; home to various national art  treasures.

Other Historical Sites in Central Virginia include many presidential estates in and around Charlottesville:

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland
James Madison's Montpelier
Patrick Henry's Red Hill

The National D-Day Memorial was built in Bedford to honor the community that lost more solders per capita than any other during the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

Central Virginia offer everything from ballooning and camping to horseback riding and tennis, 11 State Parks and beautiful gardens.

For cultural interests, see the spectacular Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, tour more than 20 Vineyards & Wineries, and enjoy events such as heritage festivals, steeplechase races and arts and crafts fairs.

 

Events within the Central region:

Open House at Swannanoa Palace

Event City: Afton
Event Details:
Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate in Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. They used the highest quality materials available. Visitors today can still see the depth of James and Sally May’s relationship in places like the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. The name Swannanoa comes from Mrs. Dooley’s fondness for swans, which she liked because they choose their mates for a lifetime.
Event Dates:
May 30, 2015 to May 31, 2015

Event Time:
11:30AM to 5:30PM

Event Contact Phone:
540-942-5201

Event Web Site:
http://www.nelsoncounty-va.gov/event/swannanoa-palace-open-house-29/2015-05-30/

LOOK3 - Festival of the Photograph

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
In June, LOOK3 will transform Downtown Charlottesville into a vibrant art space with exhibitions, talk, projections, events, and workshops.
Event Dates:
Jun 10, 2015 to Jun 13, 2015

Event Contact Phone:
434.977.3687

Event Web Site:
look3.org/2015

Starr Hill Presents: An Evening with David Crosby

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
Join legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby for an intimate solo acoustic concert at Paramount Theater, where he will perform with only his voice and guitar. The shows will feature repertoire spanning Crosby's entire career, including new songs from his critically-acclaimed 2014 solo album Croz, and his 1971 solo debut If I Could Only Remember My Name, as well as selections from The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Event Dates:
Jun 17, 2015 to Jun 17, 2015

Event Time:
8:00 p.m.

Event Contact Phone:
434-979-1333

Event Web Site:
http://www.theparamount.net/2015/starr-hill-presents-evening-david-crosby/

The Eagles at John Paul Jones Arena

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
The “History of the Eagles” tour follows the release of the band’s acclaimed, top-selling documentary of the same name, features classic Eagles’ songs spanning their entire career, including some that have never been performed live. The Eagles last performed in Charlottesville in 2008
Event Dates:
Jul 13, 2015 to Jul 13, 2015

Event Time:
8:00 p.m.

Event Contact Phone:
888-JPJ-TIXS

Event Web Site:
http://www.johnpauljonesarena.com/event_details.asp?id=668