John Marshall built this urban plantation from 1788 to 1790 and lived there until his death in 1835 — during which time he helped steer the Federalist era as U.S. secretary of state and as the first important chief justice of theU.S. Supreme Court. 804-648-7998.

11. MacArthur Memorial, Norfolk

If you're having trouble finding a history trip that interests the whole family, try the old City Hall in downtown Norfolk. It's the final resting place of Douglas MacArthur, the World War II and Korean War general — and right next to an upscale mall named for him. 441-2965.

12. Manassas Museum System

In historic Manassas, site of two major Civil War battles, the Manassas Museum System consists of The Manassas Museum and six other historic sites including Liberia House and the Manassas Industrial School / Jennie Dean Memorial. 703-368-1873.

13. Millionaire's Row, Danville

Built with the money from the textiles factories that bloomed in Danville after the Civil War, this is one of the best collections of Victorian architecture in the South. 434-793-4636.

14. Monticello, Albemarle County

Thomas Jefferson's masterpiece home just south of Charlottesville shows his life with more color and humor than textbooks report; here he is equal parts grandfather and Founding Father. 434-984-9800.

15. Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond

This site houses the world's largest collection of artifacts from the Confederacy and a downtown mansion that was the home of Jefferson Davis. Museum officials plan to develop additional exhibition sites around the state while keeping the mansion. 804-649-1861.

16. Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach

There are many lighthouses along the edges of the Chesapeake Bay and the East Coast, but this is one of the showpieces. It is the oldest government-built lighthouse in America, constructed around 1791. 422-9421.

17. Outer Banks, North Carolina

Don't let the other 7 million visitors or the drive scare you from this 130-mile stretch of open, sandy beaches where Wilbur and Orville Wright went airborne. Route 168 is an easy drive, and the whole family can find something in the area's mix of museums, miniature golf courses, kite shops and seafood restaurants.

18. Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum Of The Civil War Soldier, Petersburg

State-of-the-art interactive displays lead you through life as a Civil War soldier. Murals place you in camp and battle scenes, where you are surrounded by the sounds of barked orders, hoofbeats, martial music from a brass band and the conversations of soldiers. 1-877-PAMPLIN.

19. Pamunky Indian Museum

Members of the Pamunky tribe still live on their ancestral homeland, a homeland that dates back to the Ice Age. Located in King William County, the reservation houses a museum that walks visitors through their rich history. It also houses a gift shop that features local crafts. Open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday. 804-843-4792.

20. Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield