Did You Know? We live in an area filled with historic landmarks. Often, we fail to take advantage of these great sites.

Four of the first five U.S. presidents made Virginia their home: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Have you visited any of these homes? How about the homes of other historic leaders?

Within a few hours drive of Northern Virginia, you can visit several homes and sites that were significant in the lives of these and other Founding Fathers. Here are just a few, listed in alphabetical order.

Arlington House – Home of Robert E. Lee

Located on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington House was the home of Robert E. Lee and his family for almost 30 years. While not a president, Lee played a significant role in the history of the United States and the Commonwealth fo Virginia. The house was originally built by George Washington Parke Custis, the step-grandson of George Washington. It was here, on April 20, 1861, Lee wrote his resignation letter from the U.S. Army.

Ash Lawn-Highland – Home of James Monroe’s home

1000 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Located in Albemarle County, it is about a two-hour drive south from Northern Virginia. Ash Lawn-Highland was home to our 5th President James Monroe for nearly a quarter of a century.

Berkeley Plantation – Home of both William Henry and Benjamin Harrison

12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, VA 23030

Berkeley Plantation is considered one of the first great estates in America. It was here on December 4, 1619 that the first official Thanksgiving was celebrated. It was the home of two presidents from the Harrison family – William Henry Harrison, our 6th President, and his grandson Benjamin Harrison, who served as our 23rd President.

Ferry Farm – Childhood home of George Washington

268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22405

George Washington lived on Ferry Farm from the time he was 6 years old until about the age of 19, when he moved to Mount Vernon

Gunston Hall Plantation – Home of George Mason

10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA 22079

Though not a sitting president, George Mason is considered one of our Founding Fathers, contributing to both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. As you know, a major Northern Virginia University bears his name. His home is located 20 miles south of the district, just downriver on the Potomac from Mount Vernon.

Monticello – Home of Thomas Jefferson

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Primary author of the Declaration of Independence and our third President, Thomas Jefferson lived most of his life on this estate near Charlottesville.

Montpelier – Home of James Madison

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

James Madison, our 4th President and Father of the Constitution, lived about 20 miles northeast of Charlottesville, just outside of Orange, VA. He lived here his entire life except for his years in the presidency.

Mount Vernon – Home of George Washington

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Home as well as the final resting place of our first president, George Washington, Mount Vernon actually was an 8,000 acre plantation made up of five farms. The house we most associate with Washington and currently tour was actually called “Mansion House Farm.”

Scotchtown Plantation – Home of Patrick Henry

16120 Chiswell Lane, Beaverdam, VA 23015

Patrick Henry was Virginia’s first governor and a well-known orator and patriot. We all are familiar with his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. His home is located around 25 miles northwest of Richmond, near Ashland, VA.

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