Dear Families, During our Civil War unit, I have talked with the students about many places nearby that were integral to the war and can be visited. They were all very excited to see some of these places so I mentioned I would send home information.
Tredegar Iron Works/American Civil War Museum – https://acwm.org/ The newest addition to this museum will be opening up next weekend on May 4th. They can see a great deal of artifacts, such as Robert E. Lee’s boots and Stonewall Jackson’s uniform. It is kid friendly and has interactive sections.
White House of the Confederacy – this is a tour of the actual home used by Jefferson Davis during the war and visited by Abraham Lincoln after the war. Use the link above for more information. Both places are part of the same organization.
Outside of Richmond:
Appomattox Court House – https://www.nps.gov/apco/index.htm This is a little over an hour away from Richmond. Here they can see interpreters, go inside the McLean house where the surrender took place, see the printing of parole passes, and much more. It is a beautiful place to walk around and visit – very family friendly.
Weekend Trip or long Day Trip:
Harper’s Ferry, WVA – https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm This is a wonderful place to make a weekend visit. It is beautiful, historical, and quaint. They can see the convergence of three states and two rivers, see the town in which John Brown tried to start a slave rebellion, take a hike along the many mountain trails, etc.
If any students visit any of these historical places (or any other ones regarding the Civil War – there are far too many in the Richmond area to mention), they can earn extra credit by writing 2-3 paragraphs about what they learned.