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.
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 the 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.
It was here that the Virginia Convention of 1775 met to discuss the question of taking arms against the British. One of the oldest wooden buildings in Virginia, delegates to the Convention - including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Patrick Henry - had convened in this very spot. And it was here where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech and said the following famous lines: "Give me liberty or give me death!" Visitors can reenact this experience by watching the live performances offered by professional actors and further enrich their knowledge of history by visiting the city's first public cemetery.
North Anna Battlefield Park is the 172-acre site of the May 1864 Battle of North Anna, which has now transformed into a place with walking trails, a picnic place, and historic interpretive signs that point out trenches and rifle pits from the past. Bring your family and friends to soak in some sunshine and indulge in American history. Some trails, such as the Blue Trail, may include steep hills and require strenuous activity.
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.
By boat or by foot the Richmond Canal Walk is a beautiful and educational experience. Take a guided tour or learn about the site on your own. Trek through wooden steps, cobbled streets, and dirt trails - you certainly won't be bored with all of the pathways this walk offers. Brass disks embedded in the sidewalk, maps, photos and artifacts note historical events and people associated with the canals and locks.
Founded by English settlers in the year 1737, Richmond is famous for its rich history that revolves largely around the American Civil War. Besides being the capital of the American state of Virginia, Richmond is also known for its huge tobacco production, a business that was a big part of its early economy. The city has a host of educational institutes such as University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, and a large number of technical colleges such as the ECP College of Technology, and the ITT Technical Institute that has infused the historic city with upbeat energy. For outdoor enthusiasts, the thrilling rapids of the roaring James River offer edge-of-the-seat fun while the elegant historic homes nestled in shaded streets give the city an old-world Southern charm that's hard to beat.
Still an active church, St. Paul's was built in 1845. Visit here and stand on the spot where, in 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was told Union troops were advancing on Richmond, a pivotal event of the Civil War. Another famous Richmond native who worshiped at St. Paul's was Edgar Allen Poe. He claimed to have left a valise, the location and contents of which remain an intriguing local mystery in the building.
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.
When you’re in Virginia, the best place to stop by for all the information you would need to make your visit more memorable is the historic Bell Tower. Dating back to 1824, this red brick bell tower once served as a guard house as its ring warned the community of fires. It also played a role in the American Civil War when the bell was rung every time Federal Troops approached the city. Today, the Bell Tower serves as the hub for Virginia tourism information. With a visitors center and a gift shop selling some very cool souvenirs, no trip to Virginia is complete without a stop here.
Virginia Washington Monument is a 60 feet, three-tier monument located besides Virginia State Capitol. It has a statue of George Washington on a horse with six other freedom fighters on the second level. The third level has allegorical structures showcasing the individual contribution of these fighters. The monument symbolizes the role of Virginia in the American Revolution.
Richmond City Hall now called the Old City Hall is a magnificent example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Designed by Detroit architect Elijah Myers, the building was completed in 1894. It was utilized as the city hall until a new city hall was built in the 1970s.