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Thurmont, Maryland

Catoctin Furnace

A pre-Industrial Age iron furnace and the site of a nearly-forgotten piece of Black history.
Thurmont, Maryland

Roddy Road Covered Bridge

The smallest covered bridge in Maryland.
Syria, Virginia

Rapidan Camp

Herbert Hoover's "Brown House" rural presidential retreat was a PR disaster amid the start of the Great Depression.
Lorton, Virginia

Nike Missile Site W-64

This field of concrete was once an active defense site armed with nuclear warheads.
Fort Washington, Maryland

Fort Foote Rodman Guns

A mammoth pair of Civil War artillery guns abandoned out in the forest.
Fort Washington, Maryland

Remains of Truxton Circle Fountain

Remains of a historic fountain that was mysteriously lost in the demolition of a D.C. traffic circle.
Lorton, Virginia

Lucy Burns Museum

Located at the former Lorton Prison the Lucy Burns Museum tells the story of the 91 year history of the prison including the dark chapter of its involvement in the women's suffrage movement.
Lorton, Virginia

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial

The first national memorial to honor all women suffragists stands on land where suffragists were once imprisoned.
Lorton, Virginia

Beehive Brick Kiln

The last of nine massive kilns that produced many of the red bricks for buildings in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia in the early 20th century.
Lorton, Virginia

George Mason's Gunston Hall

The former home of the man whose radical ideas changed the nation.
Alexandria, Virginia

Laurel Grove School Museum

The only remaining African American schoolhouse in northern Virginia is now a museum dedicated to formerly enslaved people.
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

George Washington's Bathtub

Berkeley Hot Springs presents to you "the only outdoor monument to presidential bathing."
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Berkeley Springs Castle

A wealthy widow lived the high life in this Gilded Age country house.
Cumberland, Maryland

George Washington's Headquarters

This one-room cabin where the young colonel slept during the French and Indian War.
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hotel Hershey

This extraordinary Depression-era expenditure was modeled after a postcard of a Mediterranean hotel.
Lynchburg, Virginia

Museums at Old City Cemetery

A quintet of history museums make this Virginia graveyard as much a resting place for funereal history as it is for people.
Lynchburg, Virginia

The Pest House Medical Museum

A "hospital" where people went to be quarantined, die, and be buried in the yard.
Bethesda, Maryland

Magruder's Blacksmith Shop

One of the oldest standing structures in Montgomery County, Maryland.
McLean, Virginia

Patowmack Canal

The semi-reclaimed ruins of this canal were once part of an ambitious plan to reroute the mighty potomac.
Brandy Station, Virginia

Fleetwood Church

This abandoned church languishing for decades is now one man's passion project and subject of paranormal investigators.
Locust Grove, Virginia

Grave of Stonewall Jackson's Arm

The resting place of a Civil War celebrity's amputated limb.
Brandy Station, Virginia

Graffiti House

At Brandy Station, Civil War soldiers left their mark on the battlefield and the walls of this small wooden house.
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Raven Room

Edgar Allan Poe's old dorm is now a shrine to the author's legacy.
Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Virginia's Seven Society

The story behind the mysterious symbol painted in front of the historic university's famous Rotunda.