In the late 19th century, Miss Randolph's School boasted two famous sisters as alumna, both of them beauties. Out of 60-some suitors, quintessential Southern belle Irene Langhorne (middle row) married Charles Dana Gibson and was the prototype for the "Gibson girl,"while Nancy Langhorne (pictured below in a drawing and painting by Sargent) became Lady Astor, a Viscountess and the first female member of the British Parliament.
|Linden Row Inn facade|
Civil War Museum, where the conflict and its sources are looked at from the perspective of the Union, the Confederacy, and African Americans of the time. Housed in a restored gun foundry on the banks of the James, the museum (which also offers virtual tours) is located near the place on the river where slave ships docked more than 150 years ago. If the Civil War is something you'd like to bone up on, we have dozens of books and DVDs looking at this monumental dividing line for America from many different perspectives. (Below, drum belonging to the 10th cavalry of African American "Buffalo Soldiers" from the museum's collection.)