About the Richmond Area
Virginia may have more history than any other state - and much of it occured right here in Richmond. See the Region's story unfold at award-winning historical sites. The second successful English settlement is re-created at Henricus Historical Park. Patrick Henry deliverd his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech at St. John's Episcopal Church, the site of the Second Virginia Convention. Tour Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home. Stroll along Monument Avenue, the only avenue designated a National Historic Landmark in the country. Turn back the clock with visits to the area's many restored homes and buildings. See historical re-enactments of Parson’s Cause, an important event leading up to the American Revolution, across the street at the courthouse. Magnolia Grange, an 1822 Federal-style plantation house in the Chesterfield Museum Complex, is noted for its exquisite architecture. The 1860s come alive at Meadow Farm Museum, with costumed interpreters highlighting daily activities at this small village. Visitors to Jackson Ward – once known as the “Harlem of the South” – can learn about the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. history through compelling walking tours and museums. And no visit to the former Capital of the Confederacy would be complete without touring some of the area’s most famous Civil War battlefields. And you can't miss the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in downtown! From cutting-edge galleries to world-class museums and music venues, the Richmond Region has something special for everyone. Start planning your Richmond entertainment now! More details for planning your trip are available by visiting the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau website link below or simply click on any of the attraction names above.
Since its beginnings more than 400 years ago, the Richmond Region has been enriched by a diverse and vibrant array of cultures. Long before Captains Christopher Newport and John Smith settled the Region in 1607, Native Americans flourished in this bountiful area – establishing traditions and customs practiced to this day.
After the Civil War, the Region witnessed an explosion in African-American creativity and industry. The Jackson Ward community emerged as the “Harlem of the South” and the birthplace of black capitalism. Celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans by visiting the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Maggie L. Walker Historic Site.
Over the last 30 years, the Richmond Region has become even more international and cosmopolitan.