Patrick County, Virginia
For history lovers who want to get away and experience the simple life with a variety of historical points of interest from the Victorian, Civil War, and Industrial eras, surround yourself in abundant natural beauty, and find treasures along the way like wine tastings and luxury treatments, Patrick County, Virginia is your perfect destination. Here are all the must-see places to help you unplug, unwind, and step back in time.
3 days | 19 stops
STOP 1: Reynolds Homestead
STOP 2: WPA New Deal Post Office Mural
The Stuart and Rensselaer murals portray a father reading to his wife and children what could be an invoice for the bags of seed pictured while draft horses wait patiently for the work to continue. In both paintings, the mother is holding a small child. There is an obvious contrast between the Stuart and Rensselaer murals. The Stuart mural is brightly colored and draws your eyes right to the feminine mother. Rensselaer s mural is quite the opposite. Costigan uses very dark colors and draws your eyes to the masculine father. It is said that Costigan used his family as muses for the figures in his art and often likened the female figures to his wife, Ida.
The subject of many of Costigan's works have been centered on landscapes and family, two things Stuart and Patrick County have a great abundance of, making this community a fitting location for the mural.
STOP 3: Patrick County Historical Museum
Family files are available for research.
STOP 4: Wood Brothers Racing Museum
STOP 5: Virginia Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame
See an actual moonshine still. Learn how moonshine was made and hear the fascinating story of how this industry directly led to the birth of NASCAR racing. Home to the famous Wood Brothers Racing Team, their museum sits adjacent to this Hall of Fame.