An itinerary 400 years in the making

Head to Henricus Historical Park, where Pocahontas once lived, to experience 17th-century life in the recreation of North America’s second successful English colony on the Indian site of Arrohateck. 

Check out the cool exhibits at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, home to more than 9 million items that are significant to Virginia’s history.

See The Maggie L. Walker National Historical Site, which tells the story of a pioneer in Richmond’s Harlem of the South, Jackson Ward.

Visit what Fodor’s calls one of “15 Unmissable Black History Museums Across America” at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

Head to the Valentine for a deep dive into local history.

Take a 40-minute historically narrated riverfront canal cruise to learn about the James River and Kanawha Canal.  

Visit St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Walk the Richmond Slave Trail, which chronicles the stories of enslaved Africans in Virginia. 

Head to the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar Ironworks for a tour – then make your way to the 13 different sites of Richmond National Battlefield Park.