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Richmond Virginia offers visitors rich opportunities to enjoy its history, from the birth of the American nation to modern times. In 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech in St. John's Church, persuading Virginia's leaders to enter the Revolutionary War. During the American Civil War, Richmond was the confederate capitol and its chief supplier of armaments. After the war, Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood became a thriving African American business community known as the "Black American Wall Street", as well as a center of culture and arts.

Luxury bed and breakfast Maury Place at Monument, a historic 1916 home overlooking Monument Avenue, is the perfect place to stay while enjoying Richmond's history. Below are some our city's historical sites and attractions.

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HISTORIC SITES AND MUSEUMS

  • The Virginia Historical Society: The Virginia Historical Society offers comprehensive exhibits on Richmond and Virginia history, including one on all eight of the United States Presidents who were born in Virginia. Maury Place is a corporate sponsor of the Historical Society. 428 N. Boulevard.
  • St. John’s Church: Richmond's oldest church building is where Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in support of the Revolutionary War in 1775. Visitors can enjoy a re-enactment of that speech to the Second Virginia Convention, and tour the church cemetery, the resting place of prominent persons including George Wythe, Chief Justice John Marshall, and Henry Clay. 2401 E. Broad Street.
  • American Civil War Center: Housed in the Tredegar Iron Works on the James River, the nation’s first museum to interpret the American Civil War from three perspectives (Union, Confederate, and African-American) offers a comprehensive look of all sides of the Civil War. 470 Tredegar Street. This site also houses the National Park Service Richmond National Battlefield Park with information about Civil War battlefields.
  • The Museum and White House of the Confederacy: The world’s largest Confederate Civil War collection. Tour the Confederate White House restored to its antebellum elegance. 1201 E. Clay Street.
  • The Black History Museum and Cultural Center: This museum’s collections include fine art, traditional African artifacts, and African textiles. 00 E. Clay Street.
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Museum: This museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia, and personal belongings. 1914-16 E. Main Street.  This year is Poe's 200th anniversary, with a year of events planned in Virginia which you can see at the Poe Bicentennial Website.
  • Valentine Richmond History Center: The Valentine has collected over one million objects that celebrate Richmond’s history. 1015 E. Clay Street.

Virginia State Capitol Building

  • Virginia State Capitol: A short drive to Downtown Richmond will bring you to Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia State Capitol, which is newly renovated and features a brand new museum for visitors. 1000 Bank Street, at 10th & Bank Streets.

HISTORIC HOMES AND CHURCHES

  • Agecroft Hall and Gardens: Originally built in 15th century England, this home in Richmond’s elite Windsor Farms, is located in a setting similar to its original location on Lancashire’s Irwell River. Visitors can tour the rooms and see authentic furnishings and art. 4305 Sulgrave Road.
  • Cathedral of the Sacred Heart: Virginia’s finest ecclesiastical example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style, the cornerstone of Richmond’s landmark cathedral was laid in 1903, and the building was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day three years later in 1906. The cathedral is on the border of Monroe Park in the vicinity of VCU and the Fan. 18 N. Laurel Street.
  • First Baptist Church of South Richmond: This is Richmond’s oldest independent black church, organized in 1821. 1501 Decatur Street.
  • John Marshall House: Within walking distance of the Capitol is the home of America’s first Chief Justice. 818 E. Marshall Street.
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site: Home of ground-breaking female African American leader and banker. 600 N. 2d Street.
  • Monumental Church: This church is not currently a house of worship per se, but was built as a monument to honor those who perished in the 1811 Richmond Theatre Fire. 1224 E. Broad St.
  • Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church: This church was first organized in 1867 and moved to Jackson Ward in 1869. 14 W. Duval St.
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Consecrated in 1845, St. Paul’s is directly across the street from the State Capitol. The sanctuary features stunning architecture and spectacular stained glass windows. 815 E. Grace St.
  • Virginia Governor’s Mansion: Just behind the Capitol, you will find the Governor’s Mansion, the longest continuously used Governor’s Mansion in the country.

Virginia Governor's Mansion

  • The Virginia House: Next door to Agecroft Hall, the Virginia House began as a 12th Century Priory in England and was also saved from demolition and reconstructed in Windsor Farms. Noted landscape architect Charles Gillette created the eight acres of stunning gardens along the James River. 4301 Sulgrave Road.
  • Wilton House Museum: Also in Windsor Farms, this impressive 1753 Georgian Mansion features fine interior paneling and exquisite furnishings. 215 S. Wilton Road.
  • Wickham House: The 1812 Wickham House adjacent to the Valentine is a neoclassical masterpiece that has been meticulously restored to the Federal period. 1015 E. Clay St.

 

 
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