Richmond Virginia

Richmond Virginia

Richmond, where historic sites abound in and around city.

Located on the James River fall line, Richmond was founded in 1607 by Captains Christopher Newport and John Smith of Jamestown fame. Patrick Henry lit the fires of revolution when he delivered his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech at historic St. John's Church in 1775. You can still visit St. John's and enjoy re-enactments of Henry's famous speech. Richmond replaced Williamsburg as capital of the Common-wealth of Virginia in 1780. The Virginia Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and is one of the most visited sites in the city.

Civil War buffs, will want to head to Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center. The rangers there can direct you to surrounding battlefields as well as familiarize you with the impact the war had on Richmond. Just next door you'll find the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. One of Richmond's many other Civil War attractions is the Museum of the Confederacy, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Confederate artifacts in the world. Adjacent to the museum is the White House of the Confederacy, fully restored to its Victorian splendor. Chimborazo Medical Museum, run by the National Park Service and located in historic Church Hill, focuses on the medical aspect of the Civil War.

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