The National Park Service turns 100 years old August 25. You don't have to wait until summer to start celebrating, though. The Richmond Region is home to several NPS sites including Richmond National Battlefield park, which spans the region and tells the story of the end of the Civil War.
Show the park service what you're up to when you visit these facilities using the hashtag #FindYourPark, and #VisitRichmond of course. Don't forget that every fourth grader in the country is entitled to a National Park Service pass, that includes their families, through EveryKidinaPark.gov
Jackson Ward - Richmond Maggie Walker devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress. Today, Walker’s home is preserved as a tribute to her enduring legacy of vision, courage, and determination.
Richmond Historic Tredegar houses exhibits that tell the story of Richmond's Civil War experience. You can find a statue of Abraham Lincoln and son Tad behind the facility and the living history actors on the grounds in warmer months. The facility is a quick walk away from Belle Isle, Brown's Island and the North Bank Trail as well as a few minutes away from Hollywood Cemetery.
Church Hill - Richmond It doesn't take long for a Civil War discussion to circle around to the grizzly medical practices employed on wounded soldiers. Chimborazo offers a unique peek into a critical time in health care in the United States. The museum focuses on the Confederate medical story and contains exhibits on medical equipment and hospital life, including information on the men and women who staffed Chimborazo hospital.
Chesterfield Drewry’s Bluff has a walking trail, interpretive signs, an artillery piece and a viewing platform for the James River. Living history events are frequently held at the park during the spring, summer and fall. A self-guided trail leads visitors to a well-preserved Confederate fort. Located 12 miles south of Richmond, just off of U.S. 1.