Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is teeped in a history that spans nearly
400 years and dates back to 1607. During
the Revolutionary War era, it was the site of
several important meetings where Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry sounded
the call for freedom and determined the
course of our fledgling nation. Later, as
capital of the Confederacy, it became a
prime Union target during the Civil War.
You can relive history at the American
Civil War Center, the Museum of the Confederacy, the Virginia State Capitol and the
Richmond Battlefield National Park.
Today, Richmond and its booming
metropolitan area are regarded as a prime
example of the ideal ‘New South’ commu-
nity—one that successfully blends its heri-
tage with modern social and industrial
development. The city’s strategic location
in the middle of the eastern seaboard puts
it within 500 miles of nearly half the entire
population of the United States and only
100 miles from the nation’s capital. Com-
bining this asset with a mild climate, gen-
tly rolling terrain and a wealth of cultural
and recreational attractions has made
Richmond a city on the move, and all in-
dications point to a promising future.
The city has over 40 cultural attrac-
tions and galleries that include the state
capitol, the Virginia Historical Society,
the Science Museum of Virginia, the Vir-
ginia Holocaust Museum, the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts, the Library of Vir-
ginia, and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.
The restoration of Tobacco Row along
the James River is among the most ambi-
tious redevelopment projects in America.
The Byrd Theater remains in operation
as one of the last of the great movie pal-
aces of the 1920s and 1930s.
Richmond had the first canal system in
the country, and has more shopping cen-
ters per capita than any other U.S. city. In
1998, Money Magazine named Richmond
the best medium-sized city in the South,
and in 2006, the magazine rated it one of
the nation’s top five places to retire. The
city boasts the country’s only Class IV rap-
ids in an urban setting.
The riverfront project brought Canal
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