reconstructed Governors Palace at Williamsburg
Garden Week at Mt. Airy on the Northern Neck
cave formation at Grand Caverns (near Grottoes), first commercial tourist cave in Virginia
slave history is often obscured/omitted,
but not at Sudley in Fairfax County
Distribution of National Park Visitor Spending, 2009
Source: Michigan State University,
Economic Impacts of Recreation and Tourism
Money Generation Model- Version 2
Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia/North Carolina/Tennessee combined) was the #1 most-visited unit in the country in 2009, with 16 million recreation visits.
George Washington Memorial Parkway was most-visited National Park Service park unit in Virginia in 2009, with almost 7 million visits.
(Different in 2010?)
Source: National Park Service Visitor Summary Report
Count the number and size of parks vs. urban areas along the state's borders. In the Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer, start at Cumberland Gap and go east to Virginia Beach. Note how many parks vs. urban areas (with the distinctive color identified in the legend) are present in each border county/city. Return to Cumberland Gap and go northeast to Frederick County, making the same count. Then start at Loudoun County and go southeast along the Potomac River to Northumberland, cross the Chesapeake Bay to Accomack County, and complete the loop by going south to Virginia Beach again. Finally, look at the maps on page 55 and page 56, the geographic center of the state. If Virginia had developed according to the idealized "central place theory," would there be parks on the periphery and Dillwyn would be the largest city in Virginia?
Find a historic building near your home or office that you have not described already for this course. You can use the Virginia Landmarks Register to help, or check the website of your county historic society. Identify:
- what makes that site historic? elaborate on what happened there to make the place "special"?
- why would you consider that site to be worth designating? if you think the site is not historic or appropriate to label as "special" in some way (in your opinion), why not?
- what else was happening in Virginia at that time, that you have learned about in this class since August? For example - "Bacon's Rebellion happened ten years before this parcel in Stafford County was first acquired by the Brent family" or "the Proclamation of 1763 was issued 2 years after Robert Carter III bought this house in Williamsburg." (Hint: you can use the Virginia Timeline of State History.)
- name and describe 2-3 other places in Virginia that are associated with the times/event that occurred at your site. For example, if your site is associated with Massive Resistance to desegregation, decribe 2-3 other places related to civil rights are also located in Virginia.
- based on the date of whatever historic event occurred there, where were your relatives? how many generations back would you have to go in your family genealogy, before a relative of yours was alive at that time? (Assume a generation is 30 years, unless you know the family history. For example, you may know that your great-great grandfather was living in Germany, back when Alexandria was occupied by a Union force and Confederates withdrew from the intersection of Prince and South Washington streets on May 24, 1861.)