Capitol Square Preservation Council
Among the oldest in the nation, this 12-acre park is home to the National Historic Landmark Virginia State Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, the oldest purpose-built U.S. executive mansion still serving as a governor's residence, and many monuments and memorials. Walk winding paths in a landscape that has both seen and shaped American history. Garden secret: This park has an empty crypt. The George Washington Equestrian Monument was to be the President's final resting place, but he remains buried at his Mount Vernon home.