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This upcoming April, my family and I plan to pull our travel trailer and camp in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area for a week. Aside from visiting Monticello and the Chancellorsville/Fredericksburg/Wilderness, etc., battlefields, what else can you recommend in the area?


Are there any good museums and family venues around or Civil War sites that off the beaten-path? How about militaria and antique stores? Any places/roads/areas to avoid?


Thank you in advance for your suggestions!



Always looking for 199th Infantry Brigade "Redcatcher" Items.


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I've never had much luck with the antique malls in Charlottesville. They tend to have higher-end antiques (art, furniture, silver, etc) and very little militaria. There is a vintage clothing store in town that I've seen uniforms at, but the prices were unrealistic. If you're willing to travel a bit, I've always found good military stuff at Rockys Antiques in Weyers Cave, and at Rolling Hills Antique Mall in Harrisonburg. Both are about an hour from Charlottesville but worth the drive, in my opinion. If you only had time for one I'd definitely do Rockys. The Factory Antique Mall just north of Staunton is also worth stopping at but be prepared for sticker shock. The Stonewall Brigade museum is in the same area and well worth a visit.



Looking for Purple Hearts to service members from Roanoke Virginia and the surrounding area (Bedford, Botetourt, Vinton, Salem, Floyd, Franklin, Craig, Giles, etc.)

I'm willing to pay a premium. $$$

Also looking for:

Purple Hearts named to service members buried in the Normandy Cemetery or Arlington Cemetery.

Dog tags named to service members from Virginia.


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If you are going to do the Civil War battlefields in the Fredericksburg area it is just 20 minutes up Interstate 95 for the excellent National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Looking for:


1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands


Thanks for taking the time to read this!


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The Quartermaster and Women's Museum at Fort Lee is only about 1.5 hours from Charlottesville.



Time to downsize! I'm selling off a large portion of my collection. Message me for the most up to date list of items.

I have American and foreign; Army, Air Force, and Navy; Span-Am War to current; mostly originals but some reproductions.


Always looking for numbered Purple Hearts and Silver Stars. Message me if you have any, maybe we can make a deal.


Looking for Purple Heart number 172669.

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