In Honor Of President's Day This Week, Take A Trip!

In Honor Of President’s Day This Week, Take A Trip!

Virginia is the Mother of Presidents, and provided four of the first five of them! Eight in all! More than any other state! Wow! In honor of President’s Day this week, may we suggest that you enjoy a trip to church, tavern, home, or any other building frequented by a president. You may gain some insight into the character of these early American leaders.

We have made listed some of Virginia’s presidential destinations below:

George Washington

Our Nation’s First President (1789-1797)

Birthplace: George Washington Birthplace National Monument Colonial Beach, VA

Childhood Home: Ferry Farm Stafford County, VA 

Home: Mount Vernon, VA

Burial: Mount Vernon

Interesting facts:

  • A Master Surveyor, a journey he began at age 16.

  • President of the Constitutional Convention.

  • Owned and operated a commercial distillery,
    producing almost 11,000 gallons of whiskey in 1799.

  • Signed into law the first copyright law, the Copyright Act of 1790.

  • Was an honorary citizen of France, received in 1792

Thomas Jefferson

Our Nation’s Third President (1801-1809)

Birthplace:  Shadwell Plantation Albemarle County, VA

Childhood Home: Tuckahoe Plantation Richmond, VA

Home:  Monticello Charlottesville, VA

Second Home:  Poplar Forest Forest, VA

Burial:   Monticello

Interesting facts:

  • Wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  • Father of the University of Virginia, and served as its first president at age 81.

  • Was an archaeologist, architect, wine aficionado and somewhat of a founding foodie.

  • Kept two vineyards at Monticello.

  • Doubled the size of America through the Louisiana Purchase.

James Madison

Our Nation’s Fourth President (1809-1817)

Birthplace:  Belle Grove Plantation King George, VA

Home:  Montpelier Montpelier Station, VA

Burial:  Montpelier

Interested facts:

  • Father of the Constitution.

  • Wrote the Bill of Rights.

  • Last living signer of the Constitution.

  • First President to have an Inaugural Ball.

  • Was Princeton University’s first graduate student.


James Monroe

Our Nation’s Fifth President (1817-1825)

Birthplace:  Westmoreland County, VA

Home:  Highland Charlottesville, VA

Burial:  Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, VA

Interesting facts:

  • Oversaw the acquisition of the Florida territories.

  • Was a law apprentice for Thomas Jefferson.

  • Was the first, and only, person in history to hold two cabinet positions at once: Secretary of State and Secretary of War under President James Madison.

  • The last of the Founding Fathers to serve as a president.

  • The only president, aside from Washington, to run unopposed.

William Henry Harrison

Our Nation’s Ninth President (1841)

Birthplace: Berkeley Plantation Charles City County, VA

Interesting facts:

  • His inauguration speech is the longest to date.

  • He was the oldest president to date (67 years)

  • His tenure as president lasted 33 days.

  • His father, Benjamin Harrison V, signed the Declaration of Independence and served three terms as governor of Virginia.

  • His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, would become the 23rd President of the U.S.

John Tyler

Our Nation’s Tenth President (1841-1845)

Birthplace: Charles City County, VA

Home: Sherwood Forest Charles City, VA

Burial: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, VA

Interesting facts:

  • Set the standard for presidential succession after the death of William Henry Harrison.

  • Largely responsible for the annexation of Texas.

  • Was the Chancellor of the College of William and Mary.

  • A friend and college roommate of Thomas Jefferson.

Zachary Taylor

Our Nation’s Twelfth President (1849-1850)

Birthplace: Montebello Gordonsville, VA

Interesting facts:

  • Never attended college.

  • Was a career military officer for 40 years (1808-1848) before becoming president.

  • The Whig Party nominated him to be president without his knowledge, sending him notification without paying for postage. He refused to pay the postage and did not find out about the nomination for weeks.

  • Directly descended from pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

Woodrow Wilson

Our Nation’s Twenty-eighth President (1913-1921)

Birthplace: Staunton, VA (now site of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum)

Home: Kalorama Heights, Washington DC

Burial: National Cathedral, Washington DC

Interesting facts:

  • Was the first president to receive a PhD, which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Created the Fourteen Points, one of which called for the creation of a worldwide association of nations that would later become the League of Nations in the Treaty of Versailles.

  • Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919.

As you can see, from the cradle to the grave, Virginia is presidential! For more information on Virginia destinations with presidential ties, visit the Virginia Is For Lovers website here. Our state’s historical significance is one reason why we love living in Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more regarding owning a home in Southeastern Virginia or Northeastern North Carolina, contact us to be connected with an experienced REALTOR®.

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