Stunning trees, historic statues, and beautiful architecture. Yes, Monument Avenue has it all. This National Historic Landmark’s history dates back to 1890. That’s when the 21-foot statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee was unveiled. The famous avenue has since erected other statues of famous civil war figures. The avenue also includes tree-lined streets and a series of unique, old-style homes. Monument Avenue Historic District is one of only two National Historic Landmark districts in the City of Richmond. It’s a modern avenue that echoes the look and feel of the late 19th century.
Don’t be fooled by its name. You won’t find any famous Hollywood stars at Hollywood Cemetery. You will, however, see the graves of some influential names in American history. It’s the site of President James Monroe’s Tomb, President John Tyler’s monument, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s memorial. It’s also home to the Monument of the Confederate War Dead, a 90-foot pyramid honoring 18,000 fallen confederate soldiers. This serene cemetery also has picturesque views of the James River.
Challenge your mind at the Science Museum of Virginia. Though it once served as Broad Street Station, this museum has been a hub for scientific ingenuity since 1970. You’ll find permanent exhibitions about health, electricity, space, speed, and the Earth at this popular attraction. The museum also houses the 76-foot Dome Theater. It’s the largest screen in Virginia and holds daily astronomy presentations and Earth themed movies in a state-of-the-art theater system.
Experience the history of the Civil War like you’ve never done before. Richmond’s storied history includes its four-year run as the capitol for the Confederate States of America. You can walk the grounds of some of the Civil War’s most costly battles at Richmond’s National Battlefield Park. The park includes the sites of the Seven Days Battles, Overland Campaign, and the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign. It also has hiking trails that combine an appreciation of nature with storied Civil War locales. Visitors can also explore the visitor center for more information on key battles and moments that took place in and around Richmond.
There’s more than one historic White House in the United States. The White House and Museum of the Confederacy was the home of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America. It also served as the Executive Mansion of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Davis famously fled this house right before the official surrender of the Confederate Army. Today, it houses a large collection of Civil War relics. There are over 100,000 Confederate artifacts located in the house’s museum. It also holds over 3,000 artifacts relating to African American history. Architecture fans, history buffs, and political junkies will all enjoy a tour of this National Historic Landmark.