The Mansion At Fort Chiswell Fort Chiswell
Where is it at?
The Mansion At Fort Chiswell
325 Factory Outlet Drive
Where are we going today?
Did you know that WAY back in the early 19th century, two brothers built what would become one of the most outstanding landmarks in SW Virginia? Well, they did, and that landmark is The Mansion at Fort Chiswell!
The Mansion at Fort Chiswell was built around 1840 on a site that was settled in 1771 - so there is history all around!
Fort Chiswell itself became one of the most important stopovers to the West along the Great Wilderness Road, and now it's a fascinating experience for families who want to see how life was over 100 years ago in the area.
The mansion took over 10 years to restore, but now it's listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places, AND as a Virginia State Historic Landmark (so it must be pretty special!)
The kids can wak through gracious bedrooms to see where families just like yours would have slept, and see some of the beautiful places in the mansion, such as the wood-burning kitchen fireplace.
Make sure you look at the attention to detail in the craftsmanship such as the elegant stairways and halls, and think about all the stories that the walls could tell if they could!
It's a great way for kids to use their imagination as they explore - who would have lived here? What would they have been like?
Across the year, The Mansion at Fort Chiswell hold several events open to the public, so keep an eye out so you don't miss out!
Kids - there is also ice cream available. What's not to love!?
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
11am - 7pm Thurs to Sat / 11am - 5pm Sunday
All year round but closed Monday to Wednesday
If you want to take the students on a journey through history, contact the mansion for group discounts .
There is a restaurant at the mansion if you want a beautiful meal, or there is hand-churned ice-cream available!.
There are healthy options at the Key Ingredients restaurant, such as salads and sandwiches.
Any Top Tips?
Allow a couple of hours for the experience.
Doing our bit
After 10 years of work the mansion has been restored beautifully so the history can continue to be told.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they might be able to help .
The admission prices includes a tour of the mansion.