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Richmond Landscape. Van Ness/Shutterstock
Richmond Landscape. Van Ness/Shutterstock
Virginia Science Museum. Heath Oldham/Shutter
Virginia Science Museum. Heath Oldham/Shutter
Main Street Station. digidreamgraphix/Shutter
Main Street Station. digidreamgraphix/Shutter
American Civil War Center. Photo Alfred Wekelo
American Civil War Center. Photo Alfred Wekelo
Richmond city aerial view. Dmvphotos/Shutter
Richmond city aerial view. Dmvphotos/Shutter
Virginia Statehouse. Steven Frame/Shutterstock
Virginia Statehouse. Steven Frame/Shutterstock
Capital Square Monument. Photo Alfred Wekelo
Capital Square Monument. Photo Alfred Wekelo
Abraham Lincoln Statue. Photo Alfred Wekelo
Abraham Lincoln Statue. Photo Alfred Wekelo

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond was founded in 1737 and is the capital city of the state of Virginia in the USA. Patrick Henry delivered the famous speech “Liberty or Death” which helped spark the American Revolution in Richmond. During the American Civil War, Richmond served as the capital for the Confederacy. Rebuilt after war it became well known for its tobacco production when in 1929 Phillip Morris made its first cigarettes here.

Demographically half of the city’s population is of Black or African American descent and combined with its long history there is plenty to do and see, especially in Arts and Culture. The Boulevard is a good starting point with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Historical Society being the most popular. Other great museums include the Science museum, Holocaust Museum, the Old Dominion Railway Museum and the Museum of the Confederacy.

Some of the best sightseeing places in Richmond include the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the Capitol Building, Maymont, Monument Avenue, Battlefield Park and the American Civil War Center which features the Tredegar Iron Works where artillery was made during the Civil War. Of course a statue not to miss is the Abraham Lincoln Statue located at Tredegar as well.

Several historic churches are notable and worth a visiting with the best being the Cathedral of Sacred Heart and the St John’s Church the site of Patrick Henry’s famous speech and the oldest church in Richmond completed in 1741. The best city views are from the City Hall observation deck and best of all its free.

For entertainment or live music, the Landmark Theatre also known as the Altria, The Carpenter Theatre and National Theatre are the most notable and popular with top performances all year round.

Some famous people from Richmond include Vince Gillian the director from Breaking Bad, Warren Beatty, actor in Bonnie and Clyde and Arthur Ashe who was a previous number 1 world champion tennis player. Another interesting fact is that Thomas Jefferson actually designed the Virginia State Capitol himself so why not come and visit to check it out.

For more holiday information on Richmond you may also want to see the Visit Richmond Virginia tourism website.

Clint McMahon at Dominion Riverrock event Richmond. dmvphotos/Shutterstock
Clint McMahon at Dominion Riverrock event Richmond. dmvphotos/Shutterstock
Riverview with people on rocks in Richmond, Virginia. Heath Oldham/Shutterstock
Riverview with people on rocks in Richmond, Virginia. Heath Oldham/Shutterstock