Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The beautiful Lewis Ginter botanical garden has a domed conservatory with a wonderful orchid display, a lake, different types of gardens, an amazing library, and a great train display. In April the garden becomes a fantastic spectacle with millions of bulbs, including tulips, in bloom. During the winter season, the night sky is illuminated with fabulous night lights. During the Christmas holiday season, there is a beautiful Christmas tree made with flowers.
James River Cellars and Winery, Richmond
For a memorable wine tasting, visit the tasting room at James River Cellars and Winery, open 7 days a week, where they have a wide variety of quality wines and a ‘Made in Virginia’ store. They also host a number of families and pet-friendly fun activities including “Fridays on the Patio” concerts, “Sundays in the Shade” events, or “Farewell to Summer “ at their Labor Day Wine & Cheese Pairing events. The stunning facilities on the grounds allow them to host a number of private events such as weddings, celebrations, dinners, fundraisers, parties, and other special events. The small Montpelier Banquet Room and the Hanover Room caters for up to 70 people whereas the larger Pavilion reception tent can accommodate up to 150 people.
The Tuckahoe Plantation
Tuckahoe is located on Route 650 near Manakin. The plantation is owned by the Thompson family; however, they are bound by the National Historical Society to uphold the property according to the historical standards of the society. Mrs. Thompson, a landscape designer, and master gardener oversee the gardens to ensure that everything is kept historically accurate with the help of other great gardeners. Some of the slave quarters are even rented out. For a donation of $5 left at the front gate you are free to enjoy wandering through the grounds, however, a guided tour of the house will require an appointment.
The Polegreen Church
Established in 1747 the church was named after George Polegreen, a 17th-century landowner. During the 18th century, it was known as The Meeting House that played an important role in the Great Awakening and the Dissenter Movement. It is believed that the site may have been the first non-Anglican church built in Virginia. The church has been beautifully preserved and is a great place to learn the history of the area and take fabulous pictures. With all the lights on it is a fantastic sight to see at night.