Place Bucket List (Middle Atlantic Edition)

This post is the second in my Place Bucket List series inspired by Adventures in Preservation, which asked readers what buildings were on our bucket lists.

*Note: The regions I have given these states in this and upcoming posts are how I have come to rationalize them for this purpose (and to prevent any one post from being too long), not necessarily how these regions are defined by any government entity.

New Jersey:

  • Lucy the Elephant
  • Cape May
  • Old Barracks Museum, Trenton
  • This list could go on for a ways, thanks to The History Girl


  • Gettysburg
  • Erie
  • Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley
  • Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville (The oldest brewery in the US)
  • Lackawanna Coal Mine (It’s tour-able!)


  • Baltimore
  • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary
  • Fort McHenry National Monument
  • Antietem National Battlefield


  • Dover
  • Middle Point – Mason Dixon Marker

West Virginia:

  • Harpers Ferry
  • Moundsville Penitentiary
  • Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex
  • Mothman Museum
  • Blennerhassett Island


  • Mount Vernon
  • Montpelier
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Belle Grove Plantation
  • Menokin (Can’t believe I didn’t put that on here in the first place. Check out their blog and website for a really neat story about this unique house and its interpretation.)
  • This list could go on and on…

Washington, D.C.

  • MLK, Jr. Memorial
  • Postal Museum
  • National Zoo
  • Portrait Gallery
  • Newseum
  • National Building Museum (Thanks, Adventures in Preservation for the suggestion!)

Think I missed something that should be on my list? Let me know!

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5 Responses to Place Bucket List (Middle Atlantic Edition)

  1. In DC, I suggest adding the National Building Museum. The museum is good, but the building it’s in is even better. It’s the old Pension Building, designed by Montgomery Meigs, and one of the most incredible “pile of bricks” in the area.

  2. I suggest at stop at Winterthur in Delaware. Dupont’s collection of early American treasures is incredible and the house and grounds are beautiful. Even though they were modified to become the museum, they still show what an 1920s country estate for the wealthy was like in the US. It’s very interesting.

  3. Pingback: Place Bucket List (Southeast Edition) | Preservation and Place

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