See America’s Remarkable Historic Sites on The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground passes covered bridges and other historic spots.
Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, is a World Heritage Site.
Historic and charming Leesburg is the gateway to Virginia's Wine Country.
Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

Thirty miles west of Washington, DC and 20 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport is the remarkable historical and cultural landscape known as the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

A National Heritage Area and Scenic Byway meandering 180 miles from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Monticello, Virginia, this route – dotted with historic villages, battlefields, plantation mansions and national parks – is more than a road. This stretch is a passage into American history, in the most eventful corner of the United States.

Home of Iconic Leaders, Events & Ideas

Nine presidents have lived along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground byway, including John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Thomas Jefferson, whose home, Monticello, is the only private residence declared a World Heritage Site.

The greatest battles of the American Civil War – Manassas, Gettysburg, Antietam, Appomattox and dozens of others – took place on the byway. Transformational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Marshall Plan were crafted or inspired by events that occurred along this important trail.

Vibrant Towns & Idyllic Countryside

Today, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground byway is alive with vibrant historic town centres, including Frederick, Hagerstown, Westminster and others in Maryland; and Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton, Washington, Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Charlottesville in Virginia.  Each has its own unique charm and culture – restaurants, cafés, museums, galleries, shops, inns and festivals abound.

Meanwhile, the lush countryside surrounding the byway is a tapestry of orchards, farms, vineyards and wineries crossed by pristine rivers and sparkling streams. Some 13 national parks – ideal for hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and other recreational adventures – are within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.

The timing of your U.S. trip is perfect with the 150th commemoration of the American Civil War taking place through 2015 and the 100th anniversary of the National Park System in 2016. Join us and Take the Journey to Where America Happened®.

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