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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:

Kid Curators Family Program

Event City: Lynchburg
Event Details:
Traveling with children? Take them to the Maier Museum of Art to help teach them that they should take their online sharing with the seriousness of a museum curator. In this session, they will learn about the process of curating an art exhibition. This includes developing a theme, choosing artwork within that theme, and expressing an overall concept to others. It is far more than just placing images together by a basic sense of logic. At the end of the session, they will be given online materials to create their own exhibition. Use this unique opportunity to teach your children to treat the internet with more respect and to encourage their creativity.
Event Dates:
Mar 03, 2015 to Mar 03, 2015

Event Time:
2PM

Event Contact Phone:
(434) 947-8136

Event Web Site:
www.maiermuseum.org

Poetry and Jazz Tasting

Event City: Richmond
Event Details:
Begin with tasting of V'est le Vin's wine as well as a menu of tapas. The poetry portion will feature local writers of all experience and publication levels that can ask the jazz band to improvise accompaniment to their work. These memorable nights are on the 5th of March, the 2nd of April and the 7th of May from 7 to 9 in the evening.
Event Dates:
Mar 05, 2015 to May 07, 2015

Event Time:
7:00-9:00PM

Event Contact Phone:
(804) 649-9463

Event Web Site:
http://bit.ly/rivercitypoetry

The Harlem Globetrotters

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
The Harlem Globetrotters’ iconic family show features some of the greatest basketball wizards on the planet. With amazing ball handling skills, incredible rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.
Event Dates:
Mar 12, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015

Event Time:
7:00 pm

Event Web Site:
http://www.johnpauljonesarena.com/event_details.asp?id=656

Fleetwood Mac: On With the Show

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
Multi Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Fleetwood Mac mark the 35th anniversary of the release of their classic Rumours album (1977), one of the most successful albums in recorded history. The current Fleetwood Mac lineup includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie – both original members since 1967, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who joined the band in 1975. Fleetwood Mac is currently performing with their five star lineup including the returning songbird Christine McVie who rejoined the band following a 16 year absence.
Event Dates:
Mar 15, 2015 to Mar 15, 2015

Event Time:
8:00 p.m.

Event Contact Phone:
888-575-8497

Event Web Site:
http://www.johnpauljonesarena.com/event_details.asp?id=658

2015 Festival of the Book

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
This 21st annual, 5-day festival of literary events will honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. Readings, panel discussions and book signings are held throughout the area during the festival. Admission to everything (except for special luncheons and receptions) is free and open to the public. There are usually about 150 total programs, including adult and children's programming.
Event Dates:
Mar 18, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015

Event Web Site:
http://vabook.org/

Paramount Presents: Lily Tomlin

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards.
Event Dates:
Mar 19, 2015 to Mar 19, 2015

Event Time:
8:00 p.m.

Event Contact Phone:
434-979-1333

Event Web Site:
http://www.theparamount.net/2014/paramount-presents-lily-tomlin/

Appomattox 150th Memorial Day

Event City: Appomattox
Event Details:
Many come to Appomattox to experience the past, but on the 10th of April make sure to come by the Appomattox Center for Business and Commerce. That day marks the beginning of a tour through the civil war age with 'living historians'. These fountains of knowledge will be available in 6 different 'stations': Station 1 = Civilian Life Station 2 = Medical Station 3 = Confederate Soldiers (officers & enlisted) Station 4 = Union Soldiers (officers & enlisted) Station 5 = Cavalry (Union and Confederate) Station 6 = Sutlers (period merchants) You'll be requested to pay $25 in advance and $35 when you reach the gate of the station area.
Event Dates:
Apr 10, 2015 to Apr 13, 2015

Event Time:
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Event Contact Phone:
(434) 352-3910

Event Web Site:
appomattox150th.com

Farmville Wine Festival

Event City: Farmville
Event Details:
Enjoy the area's premiere wines at a good price in a beautiful city park while benefiting a good cause! The wine festival is held as a benefit for the local Meals on Wheels. This event will be held in Riverside Park in the city of Farmville, rain or shine, so don't be concerned about cancellation possibilities due to it being in a park.
Event Dates:
Apr 18, 2015 to Apr 18, 2015

Event Contact Phone:
(434) 392-8797

Event Web Site:
www.farmvillewinefestival.com

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