Richmond has a population of 204,214 making it the 5th biggest city in Virginia. It operates on the EDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Virginia Beach.
|Country||The United States Of America|
|Elevation||68 m over sea level|
|Airport||Richmond International Airport|
A thriving metropolis bordering the James River in the center of Virginia, Richmond has been the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1780. This city has been the stage of many historical events and its role as the capital of the Confederate States of America left a permanent mark in American history.
Jefferson Davis lived in the Confederate Whitehouse while presiding over the rebel government and it was in this mansion that Robert E. Lee accepted command of the Army of Northern Virginia. Richmond is a must see for any U.S. patriot follower with its wealth of monuments, battlefields and Civil War museums that recall a conflict of brother against brother that cost more American life than both World Wars combined.
Richmond's position on the mid-Atlantic seaboard marks it as the entryway to the American South. The city is centrally located, leaning towards the east of the state, and near several vital American cities. An hour or so drive north to the northern Virginia border sits our U.S. Capital, Washington D.C. with Annapolis, MD nearby on Chesapeake Bay. To the south are the coastal cities of Virginia Beach, Newport News and Norfolk followed by the dynamic city of Raleigh, North Carolina across the border.
With its sultry summers and mild winters, Richmond offers more than history to the vacation visitor. It features splendid old estates, a famous botanical garden, an excellent hands-on science museum with planetarium and a beautiful fine arts museum. For NASCAR lovers, Richmond is home to the Richmond International Raceway.
Did you know?
- It was in Richmond's St. John's Church that revolutionary Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech.
- About 50% of all the people living in the United States reside within a radius of 500 miles surrounding Richmond, Virginia.
- Along with patriot Patrick Henry, Richmond has also been the home of such famous Virginians as writers Edgar Allan Poe and Tom Wolfe, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, actor Warren Beatty, and NFL star and sportscaster Fran Tarkenton.
Take a look below for great things to do in Richmond, Virginia:
- Richmond International Raceway
Racing is very popular throughout the area, so welcome to Richmond International Raceway, a 3/4 mile D-shaped, asphalt race track that hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series.
- Museum of the Confederacy
The Museum of the Confederacy is home to a wealth of collections which include civilian and military Civil War artifacts relating to the Confederate States of America. The facility contains priceless manuscripts, photographs, antique uniforms and many other Civil War exhibits for study and preservation.
The main museum building acted as the former White House of the Confederacy during most of the war. Of strong historical significance, and also an engaging visual display, is the museum's collection of over 500 original battle flags carried by the Confederate Army.
- Byrd Theatre
Built in 1928 with all the luxury demanded by this opening era in film history, the Byrd Theatre is one of the nation's most lavish and well preserved cinema gems.
The theater is a State and National Historic Landmark, and a stunning piece of architectural art with a lush interior design containing Greek andItalian marble, eleven brilliant Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers and rich hand-sewn velvet drapes.
Always a wonderful flashback to a more decadent time, the Byrd Theater offers movies 365 days a year, including second-run movies and classics. Just as in its early days, the Byrd's Saturday nights feature a pre-show performance on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ.