Mother State’s Great Eight Trips in Time

Great eight stomping grounds.

By Robert Fowler, Eliana Reyes and Brandon Payton

Virginia’s eight Presidents weren’t born in the white house. They had lives, opinions and even a favorite tavern. Northern Virginia Magazine explores eight must see pit-stops across the state.

Map by Susan Steurly.


Gadsby’s Tavern – Alexandria
Frequented by Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe

The Governor’s Mansion – Richmond
In 1811, James Monroe signed its completion

James Monroe Law Office – Fredericksburg
Building of the fifth president’s practice

The Lawn at UVA – Charlottesville
Both the Lawn and Rotunda were designed by Jefferson

Natural Bridge – Natural Bridge
Surveyed by Washington with a cabin that housed many presidents

Scotchtown – Beaverdam
Girlhood home of First Lady Dolley Madison

Shirley Plantation – Charles City
Oldest plantation in Virginia

St. Peter’s Church – New Kent
Supposed site of the Washingtons’ marriage