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Historical Attractions in DOSWELL

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Doswell, Virginia!)

Doswell is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Old Dominion State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Doswell’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Doswell when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Pamplin Historical Park

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    (46 miles) Petersburg

    Throughout the Park there are hands-on things to do for the whole family. The Civil War Store also has a “Discovery Area” that features quality apparel, modern and period games, books, ...

  • Sotterley Plantation

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    (62 miles) Hollywood

    Whether you're looking for a tour of the plantation, a place for an educational program, classroom visit, or a beautiful place to just enjoy the scenery, Sotterley is the place!

  • Mount Vernon

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    (62 miles) Mount Vernon

    Great place to go with the family as it has an interactive museum and hands on discovery centre, farm animals and movies about George Washington

  • FDR Memorial

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    (74 miles) Southwest - Waterfront

    Spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of the history of the United States through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict ...

  • Lincoln Memorial

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    (74 miles) Washington

    Kids know a lot about the 16th president from school, and are generally very interested to visit the memorial of Lincoln

  • Frying Pan Farm Park

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    (75 miles) Herndon

    Preserving Fairfax County's rural heritage which recreates the era of 1920-1950 for educational value, while the younger kids greet the friendly farm animals and take a wagon ride through the fields.

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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    (75 miles) SW Washington DC

    You'll see how paper money gets printed, cut, sorted and inspected for defects. There is a self guided 35 minutes tour which is one of DC's most populra.

  • Old Post Office Tower

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    (75 miles) NW Washington DC

    Get a great view of Washington DC and the surrounding areas from the 270 foot observation deck on the Old Post Office Tower

  • The Old Post Office Pavillion

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    (75 miles) NW Washington DC

    A highlight of a visit to the Old Post Office Pavilion is always a 360-degree picturesque view of Washington. From the observation deck of the 315-foot granite Clock Tower, you can enjoy the city\'s ...

  • The White House

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    (75 miles) White House

    Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance.

  • Fords Theatre

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    (75 miles) NW Washington

    A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and ...

  • The Washington Monument

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    (76 miles) NW Washington

    The interior opened to the public in 1888. Today, an elevator takes visitors on the 70 second trip up to the 500 foot landing for magnificent views of the city.

  • Fort Verde State Historic Park

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    (77 miles) Cape Verde

    Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Spanning from 1865 through 1890 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde were home to ...

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm

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    (77 miles) McLean

    The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a recreated 18th century farm. Costumed staff and volunteers work the land as it was done in the 18th century, and encourage visitors to help!

  • Nauticus

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    (95 miles) Norfolk

    Maritime adventures in Norfolk with the USS Wisconsin, exhibits covering maritime history and 3D movies too!

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  • Science Museum of Virginia

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    (21 miles) Richmond

    Everywhere you look there is something cool to do to — move the earth, explore space, solve a crime, see rats play basketball, ride a Segway and see a giant IMAX movie. This science museum in a ...

  • Virginia Aviation Museum

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    (25 miles) Richmond

    features the spectacular SR-71 Blackbird; 36 historic, vintage aircraft; reproductions of the Wright brothers' kite, gliders and famous 1903 Flyer; early flight memorabilia; a World War II diorama ...

  • Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

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    (32 miles) Falmouth

    Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont consists of an art studio, historic house museum, and restored gardens and grounds. Woodland paths, a museum shop, and picnic area are also available.

  • Calvert Marine Museum

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    (63 miles) Solomons

    The museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. Explore the history, culture, and lighthouses of the ...

  • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

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    (64 miles) St Leonard

    A place where history and nature surround you. Enjoy miles of trails, water views, tours, exhibits, events, and more.

  • Surratt House Museum

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    (70 miles) Clinton

    Restored in 1976 by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, today the museum presents a variety of programs and events, recapturing the history of mid-19th century life and ...

  • Steven F Udvar Hazi Center

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    (73 miles) Chantilly

    Aviation and space excitement for the whole family in Virginia! With two HUGE hangars filled with thousands of artifacts, including the space shuttle Discovery, this center is great for kids to ...

  • Surfing Museum and Surf Art Gallery

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    (74 miles) Chesapeake Beach

    Surfing and art fun all mixed into one at this unique surfing museum - the ONLY one in Maryland!

  • United States National Holocaust Museum

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    (75 miles) SW Washington DC

    This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories.

  • Navy Yard

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    (75 miles) Washington DC

    Loads of hands on things to keep the kids occupied naval artifacts, model ships, undersea vehicles, sub periscopes, a space capsule, a decommissioned destroyer - feel tired just reading it!! Please ...

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