Here is an interesting twist on Civil War historical sites. Seven buildings across Northern Virginia have graffiti as an element of fame. Northern and southern soldiers occupied the sites during the American Civil War. These young men, looking for something to do, decided to take their frustrations out by writing and drawing all over the walls. Graffiti, you can still see today, thanks to preservationists. Please visit these sites to see what life was like for a soldier during the war—diaries on plaster.
The Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. is a collection of over 40 sites in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia (NOVA), and suburban Maryland. All the sites are open to the public as museums and historic attractions. The sites in Northern Virginia include:
COVID-19 Warning: All the buildings on the Historic Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) campus are closed until further notice. Public tours and event space rentals are not available as well. There is a message on the museum’s voicemail inviting everyone to walk the grounds.
I recommend walking around the 12-acre grounds. Paths are connecting all the buildings. The parking lot is closed (gate with a padlock). However, street parking is available.
You can see inside some of the buildings from the comfort of your home. There are short videos on Historic Blenheim’s Facebook Page & City of Fairfax YouTube Channel that tell the rich history of the campus. Explore Historic Blenheim, at home, in your favorite chair! Here is a list:
The voicemail greeting explained the house and center were closed for due to COVID-19. All historical programs at the center are canceled. Event space rentals are not available until further notice. The public is welcome to walk around the buildings was the last point on the message.
I decided to take up the offer and go for a walk!
There’s an interesting display near the entrance. A message from the center staff to all visitors:
There’s also a post on the center’s Facebook page with photos and details about the shoes.