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Richmond VA - Attractions
John Marshall House
9th and Marshall Sts.
Built in 1790, this house was the home of the famous Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Marshall. Today, it is one of the Court End district museums.
Museum and White House of the Confederacy
1201 E. Clay St.
This house is a part of the Court End historical district. It was the official residence of Confederate president Jefferson Davis; a newer building next door houses some interesting Confederate relics.
Virginia State Capitol
Designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1785, the Capitol contains some notable sculptures including busts of the eight Virginia-born U.S. presidents and a life-size statue of George Washington.
Begins at 12th and Main streets
This district follows the locks of the James River - Kanawha Canal that was originally proposed by George Washington. History comes alive along the walk as strollers will encounter some wonderful sculptures and an outdoor concert center.
St. John's Episcopal Church
2401 E. Broad St.
This colonial church has witnessed a great deal of history. It was here on March 23, 1775, that Patrick Henry exclaimed: "Give me liberty or give me death!"
Richmond National Battlefield Park
3215 E. Broad St.
The Visitors' Center at the park offers an informative movie and slide show about the site's three battles. This park has items of interest for all ages.
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W. Broad St.
This museum is housed in a massive, domed, former train station. The planetarium, with its huge curved screen, doubles as a movie theater. Children and adults will find themselves engaged by exhibits on a variety of scientific themes.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Boulevard and Grove Ave.
This world-class museum has collections that include paintings by Goya, Renoir, Monet, and van Gogh, as well as featured displays of African masks, Roman statuaries, Asian icons, and Fabergé eggs.
4305 Sulgrave Rd.
In 1925, an imported 15th-century English house was rebuilt here in Richmond and surrounded by formal gardens. The house includes Tudor and early Stuart art and furniture.
Paramount's Kings Dominion
I-95 Doswell exit 98
With over 100 rides, this theme park has something for everyone. Rides include simulated white-water rafting and seven roller coasters.
I-64 Exit 238
This incredible landmark is a convincing re-creation of the city that was the capital of Virginia from 1699 until 1780. On Colonial Williamsburg's 173 acres, 88 original 18th- and early 19th-century structures, such as the courthouse, have been meticulously restored. Another fifty buildings, including the capitol and the governor's palace, were reconstructed on their original sites. More than 225 period rooms have been furnished with over 100,000 items.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
East of Williamsburg on U.S. 60
This theme park features a European theme with world cuisine and nine different recreated hamlets. The rides include some highly-rated roller coasters.
Jamestown was the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America founded in 1607. A five-mile nature trail is dotted with historic markers; tours of the area that detail its historic importance are offered.
Rte. 31 off Colonial Pkwy.
This "living-history" museum features a reconstructed fort staffed by guides dressed as colonists, and an "Indian Village" inhabited by buckskin-clad interpreters. The pier includes replicas of the ships that carried the settlers to the New World.
The museum here at the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War displays George Washington's original field tent. Dioramas, illuminated maps and a short movie tell the story.
Yorktown Victory Center
Rte. 238 off Colonial Pkwy.
The center features a Continental Army encampment with tents, a covered wagon, and costumed interpreters who speak to visitors in the regional dialects of the time. Also on site are a small working tobacco farm and a museum focusing on the lives of ordinary people during the Revolution.
This is the oldest plantation in Virginia and has belonged to the same Carter family for ten generations. Built in 1723, the house is filled with family silver, ancestral portraits and rare books.
This 1726 Georgian brick house has been restored and furnished with period antiques, and its boxwood gardens are well tended. In addition to a restaurant, there are outdoor tables for picnickers.
Built in 1735, this plantation house features famous moldings and carvings. The grounds and gardens are also well known in the region.
Built in 1720, this house was the retirement home of U.S. President John Tyler. The house is furnished with heirloom antiques, and the five outbuildings are open daily.