Year of the Virginia Historic Homes

Video VA Exe Mansion

In 2013, Virginia’s Executive Mansion will celebrate its 200th birthday.

The past 200 years at the Mansion have been rich with history – much like the past years at many of Virginia’s historic houses. To celebrate 200 magnificent years at Virginia’s Executive Mansion and to increase awareness of other historic residences in Virginia, the Governor and First Lady have declared 2013 as

Virginia’s “Year of the Historic Home

Virginia’s Governor and First Lady celebrate this Year of the Historic Home by encouraging Virginians and her visitors to visit the many historic homes throughout our beautiful Commonwealth. Take a look around — you will find that many houses are hidden jewels right around the corner from your homes and places of work.

Over the last year, we have had a chance to view several of these wonderful homes and to post our adventures in seeing them. We are creating pages for each of these home. We will repost the blogs we have already created for those that we have already seen. You will have those that we haven’t seen as “Coming Soon” pages. It is our hope to visit as many of these wonderful homes over this year.

Please visit the Historical Homes website at to view the Historic Homes lists and interactive map.

Video Link

You can also see the wonderful video on the Historic Homes in Virginia and see Belle Grove Plantation in Port Conway in the featured homes!

Become a “Master Traveler”!

Become a Historic Homes Time Traveler and walk the halls of these homes that were once inhabited by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Woodrow Wilson, and many more famous Virginians.

Download the PDF of the passport going to the Historic Homes site ( and look under Virginia Time Traveler for a copy of the form. Then take it with you when you tour historic home sites throughout Virginia between now and December 13th 2013. A list of participating homes is included on this site. At the home, make sure you ask for someone to sign off on the visit! Once you have visited eight historic homes and your passport is filled with stamps, mail it to: Executive Mansion, P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, Virginia 23218.

Once we receive your passport you will become an official Master Traveler and you will be acknowledged as a Master Traveler on the Virginia Historic Homes website! You will also receive a Historic Homes Master Traveler Certificate signed by Governor Bob McDonnell. This will be mailed back to you along with your completed passport.

**Master Traveler Picture Challenge**

Email us a picture of yourself visiting a Virginia Historic Home and we will feature it on our website. Make sure to include your name and the name of the site! Email picture(s) to:

If you will email us at with your pictures too, we will add them to our page! Let us know if you become a Virginia Traveler and we will add you to our list of Master Travelers!

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