Virginia’s history has not always been peaceful, and there are countless battlefields to mark…
History Marches on in Richmond
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.
Follow the distinctive bugle-logo signs of Civil War Trails through five unique battle trails to follow each campaign sequentially. Allow approximately 1 hour per battlefield. Have lunch at Hanover Tavern and Pub. Enjoy southern cuisine served in a historic building that dates back to the 1700s. After lunch, visit a host of nearby skirmish sites, including Mechanicsville, Beaver Dam Creek and Gaines Mill. Next, take a walk through Hollywood Cemetery, the final resting place of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family, 25 Confederate generals and 18,000 Confederate soldiers. Allow 1-2 hours. Enjoy dinner and shopping along the nine blocks of Carytown featuring mostly locally-owned restaurants, spas and one-of-a-kind shops.
Explore the Virginia State Capitol, the meeting place for the Confederate Congress from 1861-1865, including the bronze statue in the House of Delegates where General Robert E. Lee accepted his commission in the Confederate Army. Allow 1 hour for tour; additional time for Capitol Square Grounds. Have a seat on the Capitol Square lawn and enjoy a packed lunch/ Walk or drive down Monument Avenue. A National Historic Landmark, Monument Avenue is lined with magnificent houses and spectacular monuments honoring leaders from the past, including Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. Allow 20 minutes. To finish tour Civil War journey, visit the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. The society’s headquarters, Battle Abbey, was constructed by the Confederate Memorial Association as a shrine to the Confederate dead. Allow 1-2 hours.
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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.