Each year, on the third Monday of February, individuals across the United States celebrate Presidents’ Day. Originally started to honor George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, the holiday is legally recognized as George Washington Day in the State of Virginia.
For residents of Virginia, the day serves as not only a day to recognize the first President of the United States, but is also an opportunity to remember the other seven Presidents born in Virginia: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. This Monday, celebrate the Presidents who have served by visiting the Presidential Trail of Virginia.
Covering the entire state, the Presidential Trail of Virginia features more than 25 Presidential Landmarks, including three near Richmond new homes. These Presidential landmarks include:
- Executive or Governor’s Mansion Residence: Four future Presidents of the United States called the Virginia Governor’s Mansion home. Jefferon, Monroe and Tyler all served as governor, while William Henry Harrison lived in the home when his father was governor. The Governor’s Mansion is located in Capitol Square and is available for tours. To schedule a tour, call 804-371-8687 or visit www.virginia.org.
- Hollywood Cemetery Gravesite: Both James Monroe and John Tyler are buried in Hollywood Cemetery. James Monroe was originally buried in New York City at Marble Cemetery, but on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Monroe was reburied in Hollywood Cemetery. John Tyler’s gravesite is located next to his second wife, Julia Gardiner. Hollywood Cemetery is located at 412 Cherry Street. For more information, visit www.hollywoodcemetery.org.
- Tuckahoe Plantation: The boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson, Tuckahoe Plantation, is situated in the Richmond area along the James River. Thomas Jefferson lived at Tuckahoe Plantation for seven years. The 18th century Virginia plantation is open to the public by appointment only. For more information, call 804-784-5736 or visit www.tuckahoeplantation.com.
These are just the three presidential landmarks located throughout the Richmond area, but there are several more located just a short drive from our Richmond new home communities.
Known as the “Birthplace of Presidents,” Virginia is a state rich with history. Become a piece of this history when you purchase a Richmond new home at one of our beautiful communities. For more information on available estate and maintenance free homes, visit the Boone Homes website today.