2100 W. Hundred Rd.
Chester, VA 23836
Phone: (804) 751-0000
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Arts & Museums
Henricus Historical Park is the former site of a town also known as Henrico Town or Henricopolis which was one of the early settlements of the area. Located in Chester, it overlooks the James River. It was founded in 1611 by Sir Thomas Dale and is now a living museum depicting the culture of that time. There are several structures and exhibits that are recreated and volunteers give an hands-on demonstration of the life of the people of that era. Various events are also organized on the site. To know more, check their website.
The Chesterfield Plantation was built by Parke Poindexter, a Clerk of the Court at Chesterfield County from 1812 until 1847. It currently serves as the headquarters for the Chesterfield Historical Society and holds a research library that is free to the public. In addition to the rich architecture that you'll be able to enjoy upon visiting, there are also artifacts from the era that will be available to see: collections of manuscripts, database of veterans, family files, scrapbooks and more. This is a historical experience that is both fun and educational and appropriate for all ages.
Built in 1822 by William Winfree, Magnolia Grange is a beautiful and carefully restored Federal-style plantation home. The house features wallpaper and carpeting which are not usually found in other Richmond area restored homes. Magnolia is also noted for its elaborate ceiling medalions and carvings on its doors, windows and mantels.
In 1864, General Grant selected City Point as the Union Headquarters. His T-shaped cabin still stands. Other attractions are: Appomattox Plantation (1763); Crescent Hills, a neighborhood with one of America's largest concentrations of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog Houses by Mail; the home and burial place of the only son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe and Weston Manor, an elegant 18th-century Tidewater mansion. After touring local landmarks and historic sites, take in a show at the Swift Creek Mill Theater or enjoy seasonal riverside concerts. Hopewell is a 20-minute drive from Richmond. Take Exit 9A on I-95 south.
The Violet Bank, built in 1778, is a classic structure of two over two center hall typical of late Colonial style. The house has been part of lot of history. In 1810, the house accidentally caught fire and it took five years to rebuild the structure. In 1824, it served as headquarters to a General and a house to Lafayette on his last official visit to the USA in the same year. Lafayette gave the house a completely new look. In 1959, the City of Colonial Heights acquired the house for the first Chambers of Commerce and public library. Today, the house is an active historic museum.
Imagine a chicken costing $50! This excessive price was demanded of Petersburg citizens during the Civil War. The largest siege of any American city took place here when, for ten months, Union troops relentlessly attacked to facilitate taking nearby Richmond. The subsequent conditions in Petersburg are explored at the Siege Museum. The museum is located in the former commodities market and illustrates how residents lived before, during and after the War. Petersburg is about a half hour from Richmond. Take I-95 south into the city.
Centre Hill, built in 1823 and remodeled in the 1840s, then again in 1901, displays the evolution of several architectural styles. Once the residence of the Bolling family, it has always been the most magnificent home in the city. Ornate woodwork and a 1840s service tunnel that connects the work area of the house to the city are special features of Centre Hill. Petersburg is about a half hour from Richmond. Take I-95 south into the city.
A yawning crater still scars the site of Petersburg's Civil War battlefield. It was created when Union troops dug tunnels to detonate explosives under Confederates. The method killed thousands of men in an effort to break the line of defense. about a half hour Petersburg was under siege for ten months because it was strategic to taking the Confederacy and its capitol in nearby Richmond. A monument at the Park was recently erected to honor the contributions of African-American soldiers who served in both the Confederate and Union armies. Petersburg is 25 miles south of Richmond. Take I-95 south to Route 36 to reach the battlefield. No fee for Five Forks or Grant's Headquarters.
If you love airplanes, this museum is sure to fascinate you. Vintage aircraft, aviation history exhibits, flight films and lectures make this division of the Science Museum of Virginia an interesting stop. A World War II exhibit and an exhibit devoted to Richmond native explorer Richard E. Byrd are highlights.
The Chimborazo Medical Museum, a 20th century building, is located in the city of Richmond, where multitudes of Confederate soldiers came to recuperate after being wounded from the Civil War. Because of the thousands with need, Southerners rallied for the construction of five general hospitals, with Chimborazo being the biggest. Come and see with your very own eyes, the equipment used by doctors and nurses to tend soldiers from the Confederacy. Exhibits are available and include a diorama of the hospital and an educational film. Visitors will learn not only about the hospital, but other Richmond hospitals and the practice of medicine during the 1800's as well.
Art Works Studios and Galleries is the perfect place to plan a party, wedding, or to host a gallery showing for art. If you want to have your creations seen, then Art Works will collaborate with you to make sure that everything goes according to how you'd like it. Gallery spaces are aplenty on the two floors of the building. There are some galleries that are always available to peruse, so you can check out local artists' work - from paintings, photographs, jewelry and crafts - and perhaps make a purchase or two. On the 4th day of the month, the entire building is open to the public, including all of the rented spaces, and food as well as music is provided while you walk around and check out the talent. There are monthly youth art classes and group art projects that are offered to the public.
Step into a restored Railway Express Agency car and explore the railroad history of Richmond. Photographs and artifacts await you inside. In addition to the museum, a former Southern Railway passenger station is right next door.