Taking a trip to ancient ruins doubles as a fun field trip and a blast to the past. Being in a historically rich state like Virginia, there's bound to be exciting tales around every corner. This run-down mansion in Virginia has been around for about 135 years and it's still a popular site to visit. 

Barboursville Ruins is located in Barboursville, Virginia. This mansion was designed by Thomas Jefferson himself, and in 1884 on Christmas Day, it went up in flames for unknown reasons.

From 1822 to 1884, James Barbour was the owner of this property. He was not only a lawyer, but Barbour was also the governor of Virginia during the War of 1812, the Secretary of War under John Quincy Adams and a US Senator.

This mansion is now a popular tourist location and sits on one of the most prestigious wineries in the state. It was officially named a National Historic Landmark in 1969. 

If you're a wine lover, you'll kill two birds with one stone at this location. There are tastings and tours you can partake in, and can even have a picnic in the acres of vineyards.

You're more than welcome to explore the grounds by yourself. You can simply take the 1/4 mile trek from the vineyard to the mansion ruins

There's also a parking lot right across from the ruins if you want to skip the vineyard completely. While aged, this mansion is so beautiful and unique that it's a popular venue for weddings.

It's completely free to visit and the grounds recommend you explore the inside and outside surroundings of the ruins to get the full experience. 

Any time the vineyards are open, the ruins are as well. The hours are normally 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, but call if you are unsure of the hours and if there are closures. 

Everyone of all ages can enjoy and appreciate the history and the beauty of this old mansion.  

Barboursville Ruins

Price: Free

Address: Mansion Rd., Barboursville, VA 

Why You Need To Go: You can explore these ruins of a mansion Thomas Jefferson himself designed. 




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