From the 17th century to the 21st, history is around every corner in Virginia’s Historic Richmond Region.
Stroll down Monument Avenue, the only avenue designated a National Historic Landmark. Tour the Virginia Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson. Visit St. John’s Church, the site of Patrick Henry’s famous “give me liberty or give me death” speech, and witness a re-enactment of the 1775 debate among 10 of the Founding Fathers. Don’t miss the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, featuring a collection of artifacts belonging to Poe, who began his literary career in Richmond.
Tour Agecroft Hall and Gardens, a 15th-century Tudor manor house brought over from England in the 1920s. The grounds of Maymont, a 100-acre Gilded Age estate, features an Italian and Japanese garden along with Children’s Farm and Nature Center.
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site commemorates the life of the first African-American woman in the nation to found a chartered bank. The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is located in historic Jackson Ward, once known as the “Harlem of the South.”
If Civil War is of interest, don’t miss the White House of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis’ home during the Civil War. The Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center introduces the story of the Richmond during the Civil War and outlines the battlefields that surround the city. Just next door, the American Civil War center, housed in the 1861 Gun Foundry, explores the war through three interwoven perspectives: Union, Confederate and African-American.
Be inspired at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, home to collections of Fabergé eggs, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern art. The Virginia Historical Society provides a comprehensive look into Virginia’s history to present day. Discover Henricus Historical Park, the second successful English settlement of the New World, once home to Pocahontas, and also the site of the first hospital in the nation.
Last Updated: 9/30/2010 10:43 AM