2321 Willis Rd.
Richmond, VA 23237-2947
Phone: (804) 275-8800
Fax: (804) 275-0949
2321 Willis Rd. , Richmond, VA, US, 23237-2947
- Phone: (804) 275-8800
- Fax: (804) 275-0949
The grim site of Chimborazo, one of the Confederacy's largest hospitals, begins a tour of the Civil War battlefields of Richmond. A map obtained here will lead you to the sites of the Battles of Chickahominy Bluff, Beaver Dam Creek, and many more. The bloodiest battle of all was at Cold Harbor. The losses here were greater than those at Gettysburg when time is figured in; 16,000 men were lost, 8,000 in one hour. Admission is free.Park battlefields are open sunrise to sunset. The park is closed on the following days: Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.
Richmond Slave Trail is a significant part of Virginia's history. The trail mainly describes the dark era when the trade of African slaves took place in Virginia in the 18th and 19th Century. It begins from the Manchester dock as it acted as a major port in the trade of enslaved Africans. The trail covers major landmarks of the period including former sites of the slave markets, Lumpkin's Slave Jail and the Negro Burial Ground. The trail ends at First African Baptist Church. Tours are provided by various agencies.
This 54-acre (21-hectare) island of the James River has undergone several avatars in its time. What once started as a home to a granite quarry, served the nation during the American Civil War by housing a prisoner-of-war camp. Today, the Belle Isle has shed that avatar as well to become a city park. A great destination for people fond of the great outdoors, Belle Isle gives visitors an opportunity for walking, biking, swimming, rock jumping, sunbathing, bird watching, kayaking and even boulder top picnicking. A natural habitat for wildlife, don’t be alarmed if you come across a raccoon or duck while you’re here. Belle Isle is accessible through pedestrian and bicycle traffic via McArthur Bridge.
By boat or by foot the Richmond Canal Walk is a beautiful and educational experience. Take a guided tour or learn about the site on your own. Trek through wooden steps, cobbled streets, and dirt trails - you certainly won't be bored with all of the pathways this walk offers. Brass disks embedded in the sidewalk, maps, photos and artifacts note historical events and people associated with the canals and locks.
Gleaming gold and shining silver, and other examples of money through the ages fill this museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Exhibits include items once used for barter all over the world. Collections also highlight paper money of Virginia from 1755 to 1865, including the currency of the Confederacy. Prior reservations are required, see their website for further details.
Cannons fire as the Richmond Concert Band plays Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." This famous piece and other patriotic and popular music entertains spectators. Then the bells of the Carillon, a Georgian bell tower, chime as fireworks light the sky in an impressive display. Treats like sno-cones and popcorn are available from vendors. Most who attend the event bring a picnic. Admission is free.
In 1864, General Grant selected City Point as the Union Headquarters. His T-shaped cabin still stands. Other attractions are: Appomattox Plantation (1763); Crescent Hills, a neighborhood with one of America's largest concentrations of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog Houses by Mail; the home and burial place of the only son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe and Weston Manor, an elegant 18th-century Tidewater mansion. After touring local landmarks and historic sites, take in a show at the Swift Creek Mill Theater or enjoy seasonal riverside concerts. Hopewell is a 20-minute drive from Richmond. Take Exit 9A on I-95 south.
For adventure lovers and enthusiasts, Riverside Outfitters offers a wide range of outdoor activities to choose from. Activities on water are rafting, downriver paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Climbing activities are tree climbing, ziplines, canopy ropes, limb walks etc. These are all done under supervision of guides in order to maintain safety of participants. The company also undertakes and tailors events and parties.
The canal that was built to favor the passengers who traveled through the water ways was the James River and Kanawha Canal. Although frequently destroyed by the floods, the canal stood still in its appearance and continues to serve the passengers. This canal is spread over 138 acres (56 hectares) and is a great visiting place for the tourists. If you are still debating whether or not to visit, keep in mind that it is listed on the register of National Historic Places in the year 1971. The public pathway is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This 9,071 seat center was built in 1972 and is home to the University of Richmond Spiders basketball team. It is on campus and also houses other athletic programs through the university. Check the website for tickets and event listings.
Imagine a chicken costing $50! This excessive price was demanded of Petersburg citizens during the Civil War. The largest siege of any American city took place here when, for ten months, Union troops relentlessly attacked to facilitate taking nearby Richmond. The subsequent conditions in Petersburg are explored at the Siege Museum. The museum is located in the former commodities market and illustrates how residents lived before, during and after the War. Petersburg is about a half hour from Richmond. Take I-95 south into the city.
Centre Hill, built in 1823 and remodeled in the 1840s, then again in 1901, displays the evolution of several architectural styles. Once the residence of the Bolling family, it has always been the most magnificent home in the city. Ornate woodwork and a 1840s service tunnel that connects the work area of the house to the city are special features of Centre Hill. Petersburg is about a half hour from Richmond. Take I-95 south into the city.