Steeped in Civil War history, the past comes to life as you experience the Richmond Region’s struggles and reconciliation of the Civil War through the area’s many attractions and historic sites. With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War beginning in 2011, Richmond is a great place to begin your journey down the Civil War trails.
The Confederate Congress met at the Virginia Capitol and Robert E. Lee accepted his commission as General in the Confederate Army. Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Robert E. Lee worshipped at St. Paul's Church, located next door to the Capitol grounds.
The Museum & White House of the Confederacy houses the largest collection of Confederate artifacts in the nation. The White House of the Confederacy is presented today as it was when Jefferson Davis and his family lived there. Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place of Jefferson Davis and his family, 25 Confederate Generals and 18,000 confederate dead. Chimborazo Medical Museum, which is now a Civil War medical museum, was the site of the largest military hospital in the world from 1861-1865.
The Virginia Historical Society whose headquarters, Battle Abbey, was constructed by the Confederate Memorial Association as a shrine to the Confederate dead. Monument Avenue is the nation’s only avenue designated a National Historic Landmark. Several of the monuments that line the historic avenue are dedicated to Confederate heroes.
Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center at Historic Tredegar houses two floors of museum exhibits, maps and audiovisual programs that introduce the story of Richmond during the Civil War and the battlefields that surround the city. Walk hallowed ground at Cold Harbor Battlefield, Gaines Mill and the Glendale/Malvern Hill battlefields.
The Overlook, located across from Tredegar Iron Works, tells the story of the burning of Richmond as the Confederate Capital fell.