For History Lovers...Gloucester, Virginia

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Visit Gloucester, Virginia
6 months ago
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Itinerary Introduction

This itinerary will explore all the historic sites located in Gloucester County along route 17. This itinerary will start from Yorktown, Virginia, traveling across the beautiful York River and start at Tyndall's Park. Make sure to tag VisitGloucesterVA in your adventures on all social media!

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Best times to visit

We love seeing visitors throughout the week but please note some historic sites are only open on the weekends or during specific dates. Please contact the location before planning your trip to confirm hours of operation.

Getting there

This itinerary will start from Yorktown Virginia traveling North on Route 17

Beaches

There is a great public beach located at Gloucester Point Beach Park and Fishing Pier.

Travel Itinerary

Itinerary

19:00 - 21:00

Tyndall's Point Park

1376 Vernon St, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, USA
Take a stroll at Tyndall's Point Park. Located at the base of the Colman Bridge this beautiful park features history signage, a paved walking path, and the perfect picnic spots. The York River fort was located at Tyndall's Point. This same location was the site of a fort during the Revolutionary War and again during the War Between the States.

Travel time
0 hours 15 minutes
19:00 - 21:00

Bucks Store Museum

8850 Guinea Rd, Hayes, VA 23072, USA
Clarence Benjamin “Buck” Rowe, known as the unofficial Mayor of Guinea, was born in 1920, the year his father opened the C.B. Rowe & Son General Store at the corner of Mark Pine and Guinea Roads. Buck, following in his father’s footsteps, continued the store’s tradition of being a community gathering place. According to an interview with Buck in 1996, “the main part of the store was built around 1880 during Reconstruction. . . . It’s put together with dried locust pegs and blacksmith nails. The roof had hand-hewn Cyprus shingles.” The store served as the Bena Post Office from 1947 until 1977 when Buck was the postmaster. The Guinea Heritage Association is raising funds to support the store as an official living history museum – one of Buck’s dreams before he died in 2005. - guineaheritage.org Bucks is open every Saturday and serves up famous BBQ Sandwiches!

19:00 - 21:00

Machicomoco State Park

3601 Timberneck Farm Rd, Hayes, VA 23072, USA
Located in the southern part of Gloucester County along the York River, Machicomoco State Park is approximately 10 miles downriver from Werowocomoco. The landscape of Timberneck was most certainly associated with Tsenacommacah and Powhatan’s extensive Chiefdom. An open-air interpretive pavilion provides information on the culture, landscape and movement of Virginia Indians through displays and a walking path in the landscape. A paved trail follows along the main park road for walking or bike riding. The surrounding land provides diverse wildlife habitats, from open fields to woodlands and waterfront/marsh areas supporting deer, turkey, and many species of songbirds and birds of prey. Other amenities include a campground with sites for vehicle camping and hike-in tent sites, three overnight yurts, two picnic shelters, a car-top boat launch pier with an accessible boat entry structure, and a set of small floating docks on Timberneck creek for daytime boat tie-ups and fishing. There is a $5 fee per vehicle to enter the park.
Price covers: Entry
Prices for Machicomoco State Park
Category Price Restrictions
Standard 5.00 USD

19:00 - 21:00

Woodville School

4310 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Hayes, VA 23072, USA
A local history museum connecting local African American history to Virginia and national history- Rosenwald schools, education, artifacts, recorded oral histories.

19:00 - 21:00

Abingdon Episcopal Church

4645 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Hayes, VA 23072, USA
The story of Abingdon Church marches in step with the history of our country. Records indicate that Abingdon Parish was established circa 1650. Its name is derived from the home of the colonists who emigrated from Abingdon, England. Currently, Abingdon's property covers 143 acres facing onto U.S. 17 in historic Gloucester County, midway between the courthouse and Gloucester Point, and includes two buildings plus a walled graveyard. Adorning our church grounds are many testaments of our praise to God. Included in these are an area for prayerful respite, numerous beautiful flower beds, and many trees planted by members of our congregation. To the north, you will find a labyrinth and, further on, a meditation garden. We encourage you to walk through our grounds. They are especially beautiful in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom. Source: Abingdonchurch.org

19:00 - 21:00

Inn at Warner Hall

4750 Warner Hall Rd, Gloucester, VA 23061, USA
"Come experience the romance and history of the Inn at Warner Hall, located on the waterfront plantation created in 1642 by George Washington’s great-great grandfather. Plan your Virginia bed and breakfast vacation to this wonderfully restored mansion, one of the most elegant and historic country inns on the East Coast. Luxurious and spacious guestrooms are beautifully furnished with just the right combination of antiques and modern amenities. Porches, terraces and waterfront views abound! Whether visiting Warner Hall for a romantic getaway, personal rejuvenation, family genealogy, or business travel, your experience is guaranteed to be Extraordinary."

19:00 - 21:00

Rosewell Ruins/History Museum

5113 Old Rosewell Plantation Rd, Gloucester, VA 23061, USA
"The ruins of one of the finest mansions built in the colonies sits on the bank of the York River in Gloucester County, Virginia. Here, you may see the brickwork and grace of form and scale which have inspired poets and architects since Thomas Jefferson." The Ruins are now open until October 29th, 2023. The hours are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Friday - Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (The last presentation starts at 3:30 pm). The Visitor Center is no longer free, and the regular fees apply. If you are a member of the Fairfield Foundation, admission is free. Thanks. Come scope it out, learn some background info about Rosewell and the families who lived there and those who were enslaved there, ​and plan your return visit to see the ruins soon!
Price covers: Entry
Prices for Rosewell Ruins/History Museum
Category Price Restrictions
Standard 8.00 USD
Group 6.00 USD
Kids 0.00 USD Under 12

19:00 - 21:00

Walter Reed's Birthplace

4021 Hickory Fork Rd, Gloucester, VA 23061, USA
Walter Reed Birthplace is a historic home located near Belroi, Gloucester County, Virginia. It was built around 1825 and is a one-story, gable-roofed frame dwelling. It has a rear shed addition. The house was restored in 1927 and again in 1970. It was the birthplace of Dr. Walter Reed. Currently managed and maintained by the Fairfield Foundation. Open limited hours for tours.

19:00 - 21:00

Holly Knoll- The Gloucester Institute

6498 Allmondsville Rd, Gloucester, VA 23061, USA
Holly Knoll is the historic home of Dr. Robert Russa Moton in Gloucester, Virginia. The home was used after Dr. Moton retired from his position as President of Tuskegee Institute. Dr. Moton invited many dignitaries to his home, both black and white, to solve problems facing the country in his day. Upon his death in 1940, his son-in-law, Frederick Douglass Patterson, took over the property. This site fostered the creation of the United Negro College Fund and was an official organ for the Higher Education Act of 1965. Please visit website below for more information Source: https://www.gloucesterinstitute.org/visit-holly-knoll

19:00 - 21:00

Historic Courthouse Circle

6504 Main St, Gloucester, VA 23061, USA
The historic court circle is directly in the center of Main Street in Gloucester. The Circle consists of historic government buildings, the visitor center & gift shop, and colonial courthouse that is still used for county meetings. The court circle is full of history and was just revamped to be ADA accessible this past spring. *Some of the buildings are not open to the public.*

Privacy: public

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