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Richmond VA - Overview
Richmond is a preferred destination for visitors to Virginia. From colonial times to the Civil War, Richmond was at the center of events in America. Colonial Williamsburg was one of America's first settlements, and its history and traditions resonate with those of Richmond. Richmond was the capital of the confederacy, and it has retained many of the historical aspects of traditional Southern culture. Richmond is not only the capital of Virginia, but its proximity to Jamestown, Yorktown, and other significant areas of early settlement, make it an historical hub of sorts for the entire country.
History enthusiasts of all ages will appreciate Richmond's museums and carefully preserved architectural treasures. Jamestown, founded in 1607, is nearby. The Revolutionary War ended more than 200 years ago at Yorktown, also a neighbor of Richmond. Richmond itself served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and its museums dedicated to the war and the Confederacy are among the best in the nation. Richmond's Court End District contains seven National Historic Landmarks, three museums, and 11 more buildings on the National Register of Historic Places - all within eight blocks.
The Virginia countryside is particularly beautiful in the vicinity of Richmond, which straddles the Tidewater and Piedmont regions. This inspiring mountain landscape can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Each season seems to bring it to the peak of perfection.
Richmond is only 100 miles from Washington, D.C., giving visitors access to all that the nation's Capitol has to offer. With its genteel Southern grace and charm, it is always a pleasure to spend time in Richmond: a center of culture and education.