Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared this to be the Year of the Historic Home for Virginia as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Governor’s Mansion.
To participate in the celebration, the Time Traveler program, which is part of the Virginia History Initiative, offers a passport that can be downloaded and taken to each of the homes listed on the Time Travelers website. Visitors can get their passport stamped at each house, and, after getting stamped at eight homes, mail it in to become an official Master Traveler. Master Travelers will be acknowledged on the Time Travelers website and receive a signed certificate from Gov. McDonnell. The program will run through Dec. 13.
The Time Travelers project was created in 1995 and discontinued in 2012 due to funding cuts, but the Governor and First Lady McDonnell renewed the program for the Year of the Historic Home celebration.
Along with such places as Richmond’s Agecroft Hall and Norfolk’s Moses Myers House, the tour includes several stops in the New River Valley and surrounding areas, including the Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, Radford’s Glencoe Museum and the Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Newbern.
To learn more about the New River Valley’s historic homes, including some of those covered by the Time Travelers’ passport program, visit www.newriverheritage.org.
To learn more about the Time Traveler program, look at the historic homes map, find those already listed as Master Travelers or download a passport, visit www.historicalhomes.virginia.gov/timetraveler.cfm.