In the homes of Virginia's presidents, you'll get glimpses of our leaders' lives and personalities.
Virginia, as every fourth grader in the state learns, is the mother of presidents. Starting with George Washington, eight chief executives were born in the commonwealth, more than in any other state. And what a lineup they were: founding fathers, war heroes, and international innovators.
For most of us, though, names such as Madison, Monroe, and Harrison conjure colonial caricatures in stiff wigs. It’s only when you visit their homes that these figures come to life. It’s there you’ll find surprises such as a reconstruction of Washington’s whiskey distillery, a mastodon’s jawbone from Kentucky that fascinated Thomas Jefferson, or the still-functioning automobile that Woodrow Wilson loved.
This election year, why not take a step back in time and discover Virginia’s legacy of leadership at these eight presidential homes and libraries.