More major Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than any other state. The war divided the nation and transformed Richmond into the Capital of the Confederacy. Trace the course of the conflict that changed our nation.
Begin your Civil War journey at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. Explore the war from three essential perspectives - Union, Confederate and African-American. Allow 1 hour. Stroll next door to the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center where a Park Ranger will orient you to the Region’s surrounding battlefields and introduce the story of Richmond during the Civil War. Allow 90 minutes. Enjoy lunch at Patrick Henry Pub & Grille. After lunch, head to Chimborazo Medical Museum. Chimborazo Hospital was the Civil War's largest medical facility. Hear the vivid stories of the doctors, nurses and more than 75,000 Confederate soldiers who received treatment here. Allow 45 minutes. Explore the most comprehensive collection of military, political and domestic artifacts from the Confederacy at the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. Then take a guided tour of the White House, the Civil War residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Allow 1 hour for the museum, 1 hour for the White House. Dine at one of Shockoe Bottom’s various restaurants, like Julep's New Southern Cuisine, Havana 59 or Europa
Enjoy luxurious accommodations at Linden Row Inn, where just before and during the Civil War (1853 - 1865), the two most western houses were occupied by D. Lee Powell's school, the Southern Female Institute. From this location, Mrs. Dickinson, one of the pupils, remembered seeing President Davis riding horseback in the morning. Other equally delightful accommodation options are The Jefferson Hotel and Henry Clay Inn.
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This fall getaway was submitted by Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau. See www.VisitRichmondVA.com for more great travel ideas in the Richmond Region.