Because of its ideal location, Endview has been used by soldiers throughout history. During the Revolutionary War, the plantation was used as a rest stop for soldiers. During the Civil War, Endview was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. The Plantation was acquired by Newport News in 1995 and has been used a museum since then. After the city gained ownership of the Plantation, they began restorations to the building to bring it back to its 1862 appearance.
The Endview Plantation is currently used as a living history museum. Reenactments illustrate how residents of the area lived during the Civil War era. Each year a battle from the Civil War is chosen and a weekend long reenactment is put on by volunteers. Visitors during the period can see battle strategies played out on a large stage. Visitors are taken through ranks and taught how battle formations were created on the field.