In my blog, A Celebration of Virginia History, a few months ago, I focused on the precedent that the Lee family set for political leadership in both Virginia and America. As we continue celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Virginia Governor’s Mansion- specifically the Year of the Historic Home, it is important to recognize just how many historic structures are spread across the state. From homes to monuments to bridges and memorials, it is certainly apparent that Virginia does not lack a sense of cultural identity.
The Civil War Trails and now the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail highlight many of these sights and encourage visitors to explore the footsteps taken by our predecessors. The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) has done a fantastic job promoting-through their Virginia is for Lover’s logo- both the structures and trails; and the 200th Celebration of Virginia’s Executive Mansion, in my opinion, has definitely met its goal of increasing awareness of these historic residences in Virginia.
As a final push with the holidays upon us- the Executive Mansion has asked all participating historic sites to send a signature ornament representing their respective structure. Stratford Hall’s ornament (which can be purchased in our gift shop!) has joined others on the Christmas tree in Richmond. Aside from the ornaments, the last initiative in part of the 200th anniversary is Virginia’s Favorite Architecture contest. You can vote for over 250 different works of architecture and December 30th is the last day to vote for your favorite site. I think my recommendation goes without saying, but please make sure to cast your vote here: http://vacelebrates.org/!
-Courtenay Dobbins, Development and Marketing Communications Assistant