Richmond by Junket Did you know Richmond is not part of any county and is considered to be an independent city? Or that it had the first electric streetcar in the country? Or that you can enjoy a game of rat basketball at the science museum? A town with a legacy as old and dramatic as Richmond is bound to have a story to tell. Its characters and the legends that have survived the ensuing years are as fascinating as the tumultuous history of the city itself. Stroll Ancient Streets and Explore Historic Sites We invite you to join our Junket Richmond Experience to hear fascinating stories of the people and places that gave this James River city such a colorful personality. Join our knowledgeable guides as they introduce you to the unforgettable side of Richmond. Cradle of the American Spirit One of the oldest and most historic towns in the country, Richmond lies on the James River in the heart of Virginia. It was here that a passionate speech fueled the American Revolution, and that spirit of resilience still thrives in this historically significant, modern city. A Hotbed of Independence Once the site of an important Powhatan village, Richmond was settled by colonists around 1608, after journeying up the James River from Jamestown. It became the capital of the Colony of Virginia in 1780 and was the site of several notable events during the War of Independence, including Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech in 1775. The Capital of the Confederacy Richmond became the scene of more than five years of battles as the Capital of the Confederacy, whose forces struggled to defend it against Union capture. The most industrialized city in the South at the time of secession, Richmond would recover from the devastation of war and go on to become one of the country's economic powerhouses. Many of Richmond's attractions tell the story of its place in the Civil War, acknowledging the city's complex past as well as its ever-evolving present as a lively and sophisticated Southern town. Visit WeJunket.com/Richmond to Book Your Tour Today!