Richmond Civil War Trail, Richmond

One of the most fascinating aspects of Richmond is its glorious past as the Confederacy's capital. If you are a history buff you’ll love taking this unique tour, which includes all the main sites in the city associated with the American Civil War.
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Richmond Civil War Trail Map

Guide Name: Richmond Civil War Trail
Guide Location: USA » Richmond (See other walking tours in Richmond)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: damon
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White House of the Confederacy

1) White House of the Confederacy (must see)

The White House of the Confederacy is a gray stuccoed neoclassical mansion built in 1818 by John Brockenbrough, who was president of the Bank of Virginia. Designed by Robert Mills, Brockenbrough’s private residence was built in Richmond's affluent Shockoe Hill neighborhood, and was two blocks north of the Virginia State Capitol. Among his neighbors were U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, Aaron Burr, defense attorney John Wickham, and future U.S. Senator Benjamin Watkins Leigh.

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Governor's Mansion

2) Governor's Mansion

The Virginia Governor's Mansion, better known as the Executive Mansion, is the official residence of the most important leader in the state. Designed by Alexander Parris, it is the oldest occupied governor's mansion in the United States. The house on Capitol Square has served as the home of Virginia governors and their families since 1813. During the Civil War, it was a center of leadership because Richmond was the second capital of the Confederate States of America and Virginia's...   view more
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Virginia State Capitol Building

3) Virginia State Capitol Building (must see)

When it first convened in Richmond in 1780, the Virginia State legislature met in a makeshift building near Shockoe Bottom. Plans for a new building centered on Shockoe Hill, a major hilltop overlooking the falls of the James River. Thomas Jefferson is credited with leading the design of the project, which was modeled after the Maison Carrée at Nîmes in southern France. Jefferson had the architect, Charles-Louis Clérisseau, put the columns in Roman Ionic Order over the more ornate Corinthian...   view more
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Capitol Square

4) Capitol Square (must see)

The Capitol Square was the center of the action in Richmond during the Civil War. The city’s population witnessed soldiers marching on their way to the battlefield here. Nowadays, the square remains the center of political life in Richmond. There are a number of important monuments dotted around the square and, inside the State Capitol building, you can find the final resting place of some of the South's fallen...   view more
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Brown's Island Park

5) Brown's Island Park

Brown's Island holds an important place in US civil war history. Created in 1789, it was part of the canal system through Richmond that was used for delivering supplies, munitions and arms for the confederate army. Nowadays Brown's Island is a prominent music venue that attracts both locals and visitors with its entertaining...   view more
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Tredegar Iron Works

6) Tredegar Iron Works (must see)

The Tredegar Iron Works was a historic iron foundry in Richmond, opened in 1837. During the American Civil War, the works served as the primary iron and artillery production facility of the Confederate States of America. The iron works survived destruction during the Evacuation Fire of 1865, and continued production through the middle of the 20th century.

Today a National Historic Landmark District, the site and remaining structures serve as the main visitor center for the Richmond National...   view more
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Hollywood Cemetery

7) Hollywood Cemetery (must see)

Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling cemetery located at 412 South Cherry Street in Richmond. Characterized by rolling hills and winding paths overlooking the James River, it is the resting place of two United States Presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as the only Confederate States President, Jefferson Davis. It is also the resting place of 25 Confederate generals, more than any other cemetery in the country. Included are George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart.

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Walking Tours in Richmond, Virginia

Create Your Own Walk in Richmond

Create Your Own Walk in Richmond

Creating your own self-guided walk in Richmond is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Richmond City Orientation Tour

Richmond City Orientation Tour

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond boasts a great cultural and historical heritage. In fact, it helped to shape American history. Take our City Orientation Tour to get a sense of the main institutions of Richmond and see some of its top sights.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 1

Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 1

Due to its past as an English colony, Richmond has a number of notable Anglican and Episcopal churches dotted around the city. Take our two-part tour to discover these beautiful buildings as well as many other places of worship in the city of Richmond.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 2

Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 2

Due to its past as an English colony, Richmond has a number of notable Anglican and Episcopal churches dotted around the city. Take our two-part tour to discover these beautiful buildings as well as many other places of worship in Richmond.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Richmond Specialty Shopping Tour

Richmond Specialty Shopping Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 2

Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 2

Richmond is one of best cities in this part of the United States for art, with a large number of quality galleries in the city. You can see fascinating artworks by nationally and internationally famous artists here, as well as browse paintings for purchase at commercial galleries. Take our two-part tour to see the best art galleries in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 1

Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 1

Richmond is one of best cities in this part of the United States for art, with a large number of quality galleries in the city. You can see fascinating artworks by nationally and internationally famous artists here, as well as browse paintings for purchase at commercial galleries. Take our two-part tour to see the best art galleries in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km