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Virginia possesses a rich history, and our Inn is surrounded by places that reflect our past and our heritage. From presidential homes to recreations of historic villages, if you have any interest in history, you’ll find a number of wonderful opportunities for exploration. We are also only a quick drive away from the birthplaces and homes of four former U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Woodrow Wilson. Interested in a Presidents’ Pass? It includes a visit to Monticello, Ash-lawn Highland, and Michie Tavern’s Tavern Museum (which is only a half-mile away from Monticello). If you’re interested in taking along an Iris Inn-made picnic lunch, click here.

– We are only minutes away from Waynesboro, Virginia’s Plumb House. “This historic house, the oldest frame dwelling in Waynesboro, was home to five generations of the Plumb Family before it was acquired by the Waynesboro Historical Foundation. The house was caught in the midst of the Civil War Battle of Waynesboro on March 2, 1865 and hosts the annual reenactment of the Battle of Waynesboro.”

– Also nearby is the Frontier Culture Museum, which celebrates our international heritage with re-creations of historic villages. The exhibits present live illustrations of the first American pioneers, whether they came as farmers, craftsman, or unwilling captives.

– Only a few miles away from us is the Blackfriars Playhouse, which provides a glimpse into the world of Shakespearean Theatre.