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Richmond Region Historic Sites

Virginia may have more history than any other state - and much of it occurred right here in the Richmond Region. The second successful English settlement is re-created at Henricus Historical Park. Patrick Henry delivered his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech at St. John's Church. Tour the Virginia Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson. Or stroll along Monument Avenue, the only avenue that's designated a National Historic Landmark in the United States.

Your guide to 400 years of history starts right here.

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Historic Sites

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American Civil War Museum- White House & Museum of the Confederacy

  • 1201 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 649-1861
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The White House of the Confederacy was the Civil War residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Guided tours of this restored mansion are given throughout the day. The adjoining Museum has three floors of galleries containing some of the most…more »

The Valentine

  • 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 649-0711
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The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader…more »

The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar

  • 500 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 649-1861
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Housed in the 1861 Gun Foundry, the American Civil War Center's exhibits explore the war through three interwoven perspectives: Union, Confederate and African-American. more »

RVA Trolley

  • 1301 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: 804-343-1850
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DID YOU KNOW that Richmond was the site of the very first trolley system in the world, dating back to 1888? Experience Richmond history in a classic trolley ideally suited for visitors and residents alike. Enjoy Richmond landmarks from the comfort of our…more »

John Marshall House

  • 818 E. Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 648-7998
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The John Marshall House was the Richmond home of "the Great Chief Justice" from 1790 to 1835. The longest serving Chief Justice to date, Marshall was known as definer of the Constitution and shaper of the modern United States Supreme Court. Listed on the…more »

Agecroft Hall

  • 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, VA 23221
  • Phone: (804) 353-4241
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Agecroft Hall is a 15th-century Tudor-style home and was moved from England in 1925 and rebuilt on the banks of the James River. The grounds and gardens reflect the glorious style of England's Tudor and early Stuart periods. more »

Amtrak Main Street Station

  • 1500 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 646-6246
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Originally opened in 1901, Main Street Station has always been one of Downtown Richmond, Virginia’s most visible landmarks. Once a bustling transportation hub, the station was closed in 1975 due to a decline in passenger rail service. The historic reopening of…more »

Ashland Station

  • 112 North Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005
  • Phone: (800) 872-7245
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In the Visitor Center at Ashland's circa-1923 train station, a museum houses RF&P Railroad memorabilia, including conductors' uniforms, photographs and news articles. Classic Hanover County iconic spot. more »

Battery Dantzler

  • 1820 Battery Dantzler Road, Chesterfield, VA 23831
  • Phone: (804) 751-4664
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This Confederate battery is the northern end of the Howlett Line that bottled up Butler’s forces on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula. The fort was named for Col. Olin Miller Dantzler, 22d South Carolina Infantry, who was killed in action near here. In January,…more »

Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield

  • 7423 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
  • Phone: (804) 226-1981
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Gen. Robert E. Lee initiated the Seven Days Campaign on June 26, 1862, by crossing the Chickahominy River in Hanover County with a large portion of his army. That afternoon he struck Union troops behind Beaver Dam Creek. A walking trail encompasses both Union…more »

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