Richmond, Virginia is a beautiful city to explore, if only for the day. Richmond has a historic background, one of southern traditions and Civil War history, as well as craft breweries, trendy restaurants, NASCAR, and the Washington Redskins spring training camp. I do not recommend getting off the beaten path, as this city has been listed as one of the most dangerous in the recent years past. Though I would advise visiting this historic gem and soaking up some of the city’s offerings.
Paying My Respects
My favorite thing, and do not think me weird just yet, is to visit the gothic beauty of the Hollywood Cemetery, located in the Oregon Hill neighborhood. It was the biggest cemetery I have ever seen and the resting place of US Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler. There is also a stone granite pyramid, built in 1869, dedicated to the 18,000 enlisted Confederate soldiers and sailors buried throughout the park. The scenery was beautiful.
Virginia’s State Capitol? Check.
Richmond, Virginia’s Capitol, was designed by Thomas Jefferson. It featured one of the most pristine capitol complexes I have seen. The rolling James River not far away in the background, perfected the backdrop. Converted warehouses have been changed into performing art centers and chic dining destinations. If shopping is your hobby, I recommend Carytown for their plethora of over 300 unique boutique stores.
High Tea Afternoon Tradition
Another recommended activity is to partake in high tea at the historic Jefferson Hotel, built in 1895. Tea is served in the lobby Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3:00 PM accompanied by the beautiful sounds of their harpist on Fridays. My preference was the Chocolate Lover’s Tea, occurring the third Saturday of every month. This requires reservation. The Chocolate Lover’s Tea is $32 per person. It includes traditional favorites: finger sandwiches, scones, Devonshire cream, strawberry preserves, assorted pastries, tea breads, plus an extended chocolate smorgasbord. It is a really big deal so put on your Sunday best and come prepared for a swanky party.
I was only in Richmond for a weekend, but some day I would love to return and spend the night at the Jefferson Hotel. I hope to explore the Edgar Allen Poe Museum.
Fact: My daughters and I are always curious about what famous people are from a certain area and Richmond has a lot to offer. Matt Lauer, Arthur Ashe Jr., Shirley MacLaine, Patricia Cornwell, and Edgar Allen Poe grew up here.
History Buff: Drop by St. John’s Church which was the site where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
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