THE RIGHT PLACES: 400 Years of History

Where can you visit nine Presidential homes, many of the nation’s best wineries, 13 National Park units, the largest collection of Civil War sites, shop, dine and stay in one of 16 historic Main Street communities, and hike, bike and explore scenic rivers, roads and landscapes? Only along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, the 175-mile corridor that spans from Gettysburg, Pa., to Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. This region, known as Where America Happened, holds more American history than any other region and can be seen in its entirety on just one tank of gas. Where else can you get 400 years of history on one tank?

As the summer comes to a close, and the fall foliage begins to lure travelers out for a long-awaited scenic drive, why not Take the Journey and enjoy some of the nation’s most picturesque landscapes along the rolling Piedmont and the Blue Ridge Mountains—and learn about the 400 years of history held in this remarkable region. And while traveling, get to know what Thomas Jefferson, the town of Gettysburg, Iroquois Indians and a perfectly aged barrel of Virginia grapes have in common.

Now, more than ever, travelers are looking for a destination that packs excitement, adventure and a real “bang for the bucks”. Are you a nature lover? Are you interested in visiting heritage sites and small towns? Are you traveling with family and looking for something that the kids—and their parents—will enjoy? Or, are you looking to attend some of the region’s most exciting events, including the Waterford Fair in Waterford, VA, the Gettysburg Festival in Gettysburg, PA, or one of the many upcoming events at historic sites, parks, wineries and in communities across the region. The Journey has it all!

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, the non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the rich history in the JTHG region, has made planning a visit easy. With its interactive website,, and guidebook, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground: The Official Guide to Where America Happened, visitors can plan their own unique itinerary based on themes like U.S. Presidents, African American history, natural history and scenic views. The guidebook, written by noted travel book author David Edwin Lillard, features twelve detailed maps of the corridor, county-by-county guides to the sites, attractions and back roads, and eight "Create Your Own Journeys" and Shops & Stops in historic downtowns, lodgings, wineries, restaurants, farmers’ markets, antiques, live entertainment, galleries and museums.

Recently named the nation’s 38th National Heritage Area, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground region has something for visitors of all ages with nine Presidential homes, the largest collection of Civil War sites, 16 historic Main Street communities, 13 National Park units, 73 National Historic Districts, significant African American and Native American history, sites from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, numerous scenic roads, rivers and landscapes and so much more.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising national and local awareness of the unparalleled history in the region, which generally follows the Old Carolina Road (Rt. 15/231) from Gettysburg, through Maryland, to Monticello in Albemarle County, VA.