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Historical Sites

Fort Christanna Historical Site
Fort Christanna Historical Site is a 25-acre site designed to provide a historical overview of the fort established by Governor Alexander Spotswood in 1714. The site includes information kiosks, garden area, a cannon, and a wilderness walking trail. There is no charge to visit this site. The site is maintained by the Brunswick Museum & Historical Society and is open year-round.

Rosenwald Schools
Brunswick County has two Rosenwald schools, established in the South to improve the quality of public education for African Americans. In 1912, philanthropist Julius Rosenwald gave Booker T. Washington money to construct six rural schools in Alabama. By, 1928, one in every five rural schools for black students in the South was a Rosenwald school. The two in Brunswick County-Oak Grove and St. Paul's Chapel-were awarded National Treasure status in 2011.

Brunswick Museum and Historical Society
Once a library, the Brunswick Museum and Historical Society, founded in 1990 holds many of the county's artifacts and is dedicated to preserving Brunswick's cultural and natural history. The Brunswick Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday's from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

James Solomon Russell-Saint Paul's College Museum and Archives
The James Solomon Russel-Saint Paul's College Museum and Archives is a wonderful, preserved collection of history with emphases on Saint Paul's College and its founder Mr. James Solomon Russell. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM located on the second floor of the Brunswick County Conference Center.

Valentine's Post Office
William H. Valentine established this post office in 1887 in the small community of Valentines. During the 1950s, the postmaster at that time, Willie Wright, developed a unique heart-shaped stamp postmark for Valentine's Day. A tradition was born. Today the Valentines Post Office postmarks more than 25,000 valentines each February. In 2008, in House Joint Resolution No. 27, the Virginia House of Delegates designated February 14 as "Valentines, Virginia Day in the Commonwealth."

Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail
The Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail is a self-guided driving tour through Southside Virginia which encompasses five locations on its trail in Brunswick County. The trail was established by the Old Dominion Resource Conservation & Development Council and is managed by Virginia's Retreat, a tourism marketing consortium. The trail highlights the progression of African Americans, Native Americans, and women to their right to an education to that of white males in this time period.

Virginia Civil War Trails
Take in over 50 sites along two trails of civil war history: Lee's Retreat and the Wilson Kautz Raid. Along the trails you will travel across highways, byways and back roads to not just sites and places along the trails, but you will find experiences that will have you imagining what life would be like during this time in history.

Wilson Kautz Raid/Lee's Retreat
Highlighting Lee's final march from Petersburg to Appottomax