A historical site and museum guide for richmond

A list of Richmond, VA's most interesting historical sites.

Richmond, Virginia is the state's capitol city, and a place rich in culture and history. Aside from a bustling city and home to some of the state's best colleges, Richmond offers an abundance of exciting and educational sites and activities. Based around the James River, the city has some amazing museums and historical buildings scattered throughout.

The Landmark Theatre is in the heart of Downtown Richmond. Built in 1926 by Shriners, it was formerly known as The Mosque. The inside of the theater is beautifully done with murals and mosaics, and it seats over 3,500 people. It was purchased by the City of Richmond in 1940 and currently hosts live acts, special events, and performances year round.

The Edgar Allan Poe museum is a popular place to visit in Richmond. The museum consists of five small buildings and an enclosed garden. Inside visitors will find memorabilia and items once owned by the famous poet, including manuscripts, letters, first edition poems, and photos.

The Museum of the Confederacy is the world's largest collection of art and items from the period of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865. The museum boasts over 15,000 items including the actual sword that Robert E. Lee used in battle and the bible that "Stonewall" Jackson carried. Eleven rooms in the museum have been restored to their original appearance from the Civil War. There is plenty to see including paintings, sculptures, weapons, and documents and the museum is a must for any history or Civil War buff.

Monument Avenue in Richmond is a historical street lined with sculptures from various historical periods. Most of the homes on the Avenue are original homes built in the early 1900's. The statues include those of Arthur Ashe, the famous tennis star who was a native of Richmond. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee are also featured, as well as General J.E.B. Stuart, a cavalry commander who died a few blocks from where his monument stands. Another statue honors the life of Matthew Fontaine Maury, who is considered by many to be the father of modern oceanography and invented the electronic torpedo. Monument Avenue has remained restored with hand-paved streets containing the original stones laid to pave its path.

Between 1924-1928, the Virginia General Assembly decided to create a lasting war memorial. The Carillon was built in beautiful Byrd Park by the John Taylor Bell Foundation of England and is comprised of a tower containing 53 bells. The bells sound off a beautiful chime, and are most often played on holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day. In the spring there are often concerts scheduled at the Carillon where visitors can hear its lovely sounds.

For a mixture of cultural and historical interests, Shockoe Bottom has a bit of both. Once a warehouse district, it now hosts a great number of restaurants, bars, and local music venues. In addition, there is the 17th St. Farmer's market, which has been in existence at the same location since 1779. It is said to be one of the oldest places for selling goods still in operation in the United States today. Merchants still set up shop and sell their items there in the market, which is open most days of the week.

There are many other interesting and historical places to see in Richmond. This is a beginner's guide to peak interest in the great and beautiful city that is Richmond, VA. With some exploration and interest, you'll find lots of hidden treasures to enjoy on your visit, as well as many memorable experiences.

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