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Richmond, a town founded way back in the year 1737, has been the capital of Virginia ever since 1780. Richmond remained to be an outpost till the colonial era until the Virginians realized that Williamsburg was open to British attacks and shifted their capital inland to Richmond. Richmond was the very place where Patrick Henry became famous for his speech “Give me Liberty or give me Death”. After the war, Richmond was devastated with most of its warehouses being burned down by the fleeing Confederates. However, generations of reconstruction and redevelopment have managed to transform this war ravaged capital into one of the most architecturally significant towns in the US.

Today, Richmond is an ethnically diverse city which has a huge African American community and a controversial history. The city might have its share of problems in the living standards and income disparities, but in the end it remains to be a traditional city of the South that is slowly and steadily being absorbed into the Northeast Corridor. Richmond prides itself on the fact that it thrives on originality. It was the site for the first electric streetcar system and was also the seat of the first African American governor of the US.

The city’s progressive state can easily be seen in its various museums such as the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and from the home of Maggie L. Walker, one of the greatest African American entrepreneurs in the 1900s. The fact that it is located on the shores of the James River also ensures the presence of a large number of cultural activities, recreational activities, historical sights and natural delights to choose from. Some of the most famous tourist sites in Richmond include the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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1. Capitol Square
What is it? Richmond's Capitol Square is a glorious oasis of old trees and green lawns in the heart of the downtown area, perched on a hilltop. The magnificent centrepiece is the neo-classical State Capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson, which has been in continuous use since 1788. In the Capitol's Rotunda stands Virginia's most treasured artwork, the life-sized statue of George Washington sculpted by Jean Antoine Houdon, for whom Washington posed. Another highlight of the square is the Governor's Mansion, home of Virginia governors since 1813. The mansion, which has been restored, but boasts its original woodwork, plaster cornices and ornamental ceilings, is open for tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (first floor only). Another historic building in the square is the old Bell Tower, dating from 1824, which houses a visitor centre providing tourist information about Virginia. Hours of Operation: As of 1 March 2005, the building was closed to the general public due to construction, expected to continue until April 2007. Ordinarily the State Capitol is open daily for half-hour tours 9am to 5pm Phone:(804) 786 4344



2. The Museum and White House of the Confederacy
1201 East Clay Street
What is it? Civil War buffs flock to the Museum of the Confederacy, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Confederate artefacts, personal memorabilia and art to be found anywhere in the United States. The exhibits include 550 battle flags, 215 uniforms, including those of well-known officers, and 1,000 military buttons. Art works include E.B.D. Julio's heroic painting, 'The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson'. Beside the museum is the White House of the Confederacy, the 1818 mansion in which Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family lived during the Civil War. It is still furnished with original items. Visitors have to join a tour to see the White House. These depart regularly throughout the day. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm Phone:(804) 649 1861



3. Richmond National Battlefield Park
What is it? Between 1861 and 1865, Union armies repeatedly set out to capture Richmond, strategic capital of the Confederacy, and end the Civil War. Three of those campaigns came within a few miles of the city. The park commemorates 11 different sites associated with those campaigns, including the battlefields at Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, and Cold Harbor. Established in 1936, the park protects 763 acres of historic ground. There is a Visitor Center in the Tredegar Irons Works on Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk at the corner of Tredegar and 5th Streets. Here, a film depicting the battles around the city is shown and information about self-guided tours of the battlefields is available. Hours of Operation: Battlefields are open from sunrise to sunset. Visitor centre open 9am to 5pm Phone:(804) 226 1981, or (804) 771 2145 (Civil War Visitor Center)



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