Guide

Treasures of the Historic Southeast

Explore over 200 years of history at museums and historic homes, visit charming shops and restaurants off the beaten path, and find new ways to have outdoor fun at these unique towns and cities in the southeastern United States.

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    Cecil County, Maryland

    Beautiful Cecil County sits along the upper shores of Chesapeake Bay. Experience the C&D Canal, historic small towns, horse country, two picturesque state parks, and Turkey Point Lighthouse. At this outdoor adventure land, you can take a trail ride or paddle the shorelines, discovering historic treasures along the way.

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    Prince George's County, Maryland

    Experience, expand, and explore Prince George’s County. Neighbor to our nation’s capital, Prince George’s is filled with amazing historic sites like the National Colonial Farm, College Park Aviation Museum, Surratt House, Riversdale, Belair Mansion & Stable, Montpelier Mansion, Darnall’s Chance, and more.

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    Staunton, Virginia

    Staunton’s historic revitalization success has dazzled visitors and wowed the national media. In 2017, Architectural Digest ranked Staunton among “The Most Beautiful Main Streets in America.” The city’s vibrant streetscape is supported by top-notch restaurants, a lively performing arts scene, historic sites and museums, and one-of-a-kind retail shops.

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    Jamestown & Yorktown, Virginia

    History is fun at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. These two living history museums tell the story of our nation's beginnings through film, gallery exhibits, and living history in recreated outdoor settings.

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    Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina

    Discover our past as you explore Civil War battle sites and historic homes. Tour Aiken and learn about its beginnings as a winter colony for wealthy northerners. Quench your thirst with water from the Healing Springs near Blackville, or paddle the Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the United States. Then, stroll downtown districts for one-of-a-kind treasures.

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    Mississippi

    American history is rooted deeply in Mississippi soil. Head to pre-Revolutionary War Natchez, home to well-preserved manors built in the Greek Revival and Federal styles. On the Gulf Coast, take a charter trip to Ship Island, located a dozen miles offshore from Biloxi, and stroll unspoiled, natural beaches in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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    Central Florida

    Central Florida's Polk County is steeped in history and heritage. Begin in Bartow at the Polk County History Center, and learn about Polk's early inhabitants and the cattle and citrus industries that sustained them. The History Center is also home to the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library. Everything is inside Polk's largest artifact—the historic 1908 courthouse.

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