Built in 1893, this beautiful home on the James River is a classic example of Victorian architecture and landscaping. Maymont Mansion is filled with period furniture including a magnificent swan bed. Trees and plants from all over the world were cultivated here by the owners. The English, Japanese and Italian gardens are romantic spots for strolling and picnicking. A carriage collection, children's farm and small zoo are other favorite attractions. Admission to the home and children's farm is free, although donations are requested.
Founded in 1847, Hollywood is one of the oldest cemeteries in Richmond. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General J.E.B. Stuart, Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, novelists James Branch Cabel and Ellen Glasgow, and 18,000 Confederate soldiers, 11,000 of them unknown, are a few examples of the historical figures buried here. Hollywood has the city's best view of the James River. When the cemetery was first established, neighbors declared that the rushing of the falls would, literally, wake the dead. Guided tours are available on the last Sunday of each month through October.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts contains comprehensive collections of works from ancient times to the present. Permanent exhibits include pieces from ancient Greece, a tapestry hall, a medieval chapel and the largest collection of Faberge eggs outside of Russia. A regular schedule of temporary exhibits rounds out this comprehensive art museum. A peaceful sculpture garden provides a place for a quiet rest beside the rushing fountains. Admission is free, although USD5 donations are suggested.
Spanning an impressive 7950 acres (3217.25-hectares), Pocahontas State Park is a breathtaking forested expanse. The park is named after the legendary Native American figure and offers thrilling outdoor pursuits within its dramatic landscapes. More than 58 miles of trails entice hikers and mountain bikers of all abilities, while fishing opportunities abound in the abundant waters of the park's two lakes. Swift Creek Lake, the larger of the two, is also available seasonally for kayaking, paddling and canoeing. Other points of interest within the park include the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and the Aqua Center, a fun family destination, with pools, water-slides and a wet deck.
A music lover's passion for music would be incomplete without watching a show at the National. True to its name, this classic place is nationally renowned for the finest concerts held here. Wooden floors, brick walls, 1500-cushioned seats and seven full bars is what makes the patrons return for more. The stylish backdrops and the grand stage provides an unobstructed view of your favorite artists playing live. Add to it the ultra-modern V-DOSC sound system and you have a power-packed experience!
In the 1880s, Lewis Ginter, a wealthy businessman, opened a resort on this land just northwest of Richmond. An avid gardener, he planted and cared for much of the foliage that still thrives in the park today. Upon his death, the property passed to his niece who opened a hospice for children in Ginter's home. She also cultivated the gardens and imported several rare plants. The land is now operated by the city as a botanical garden. Explore the Victorian garden, nature trails and the home, and perhaps stop at the Tea House for lunch.
Nestled in the heart of the city is the magnificent Dominion Arts Center, the hub of art and culture in Richmond. The Center is housed within a building that's almost a Century old and boasts three state-of-the-art stages, the Carpenter Theater, the Gottwald Theater, and the Rhythm Hall. The venue frequently hosts performers of international acclaim as well as some of the regions most talented actors, musicians, comedians, orchestras, and touring troupes. Inspiring and enlightening performances and world-class facilities ensure that every visit to the Dominion Arts Center is a memorable one.
Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse is an intimate theater that is large enough to host performances of varying types from theatrical productions to concerts while remaining small enough that every guest has a chance to experience an immersive performance. The state-of-the-art lighting and sound system add to the power-packed performances that grace the stage and this cultural hub is utilized not only for staging cultural extravaganzas but also offers a diverse repertoire consisting of lectures, panel discussions, corporate events and more.
Carpenter Theatre which is a part of the Dominion Energy Center, is one of the most elite venues around town to catch a good show. The interiors are complete with exceptional sound and lighting systems, a decent backstage lay-out, comfortable seating and a capacity of 1800 guests. From some of the most noteworthy performing arts shows to opera, musicals, theater productions and a lot more of cultural events, this venue plays host to some of the most awaited shows of the season.
The lush green expanse of Capitol Square is a favorite spot for locals to bring a picnic lunch. Rose bushes cluster along the rails of bubbling, antique fountains and one has a diving board for squirrels! Statues of local historical figures like Edgar Allen Poe dot the lawn. A brick side-walk leads to an impressive monument to Virginia's presidents and statesmen. Capitol Square is a relaxing retreat from the bustle of the business district on the surrounding streets.
Designed by Thomas Jefferson with architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau, this Classic Revival building was modeled after a Roman temple, the Maison Carrée in Nimes. It was completed in 1788 and is the second oldest capitol in continuous use in the country. The focal point of the building is the central rotunda featuring a life-size statue of George Washington, said to be the only one for which he actually posed. A smaller dome displays busts of the eight American presidents from Virginia. The old Hall of the House of Delegates, where the legislature met until 1906, is now a museum. Free tours, lasting about 30 minutes, are offered here. Visitors can stroll around the Capitol grounds and see the nearby Executive Mansion.