Avoid Clover Leaf Mall. It is not a good place to be. It is in a not so good area of town, shops have left, it seems to have a crowd of people you don't want to run into. If you must go, use caution, watch your purse and park near the builidng under a light. I say go a few miles down the road to Chesterfield Towne center in Midlothian. It is much safer and has better shops.
Richmond is one of very few American cities that still has a mounted police unit. Oftentimes, they assign mounted police to cover large gatherings. Lee, Christian, and I saw two officers on horseback in Shockoe Bottom in September, 2006. The police department treats the horses like fellow officers, taking care of them from the time they are acquired past their retirement at a uniform age.
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The first weekend of every June since way before I was born, the Greek Orthodox Church holds a festival to honor Greek heritage in Richmond. The profits go to several local charities. They have plenty of good food, singing and folk dancing, and even a Greek marketplace called an agora. There is a raffle every year for a trip to Greece. I went the first time with Nat in 2005. He had been going there for a long time and I trust his taste in food. I had the pastichio (a Greek style lasagne), chicken souvlaki, and rice pilaf with baklava for dessert. It was all good except the baklava was a little too rich. In 2006, Nat, Adam, and I went to the festival in spite of the thunderstorm. You should have seen Nat try to dance to the music while we were in line for food! The festival runs from Thursday to Sunday. The guys and I went on Thursday night. Jessi and I went back on Saturday.
Elevated ground floor
Most houses along Monument Avenue have elevated (at least 1-2 ft; 0.5 m) ground floors like this one on my picture. Is it because of high risk of floods? Well, James river flows a little bit to south. There are sometimes heavy rains and rarely coastal hurricanes make a direct hit on Richmond.
Battle of Yellow Tavern
On 11 May 1864, 12,000 Union calvary under the command of General Philip Sheridan met JEB Stuart's 5,000 man calvary at a location called Yellow Tavern, just six miles north of Richmond. After several frontal assaults throughout the afternoon, General George Custer's brigade, partially dismounted, finally broke through the rebel lines. During the Confederate counter attack, JEB Stuart was wounded, and he died the next day.
The battle took place in what is today known as Glen Allen, VA, a northern suburb of Richmond. JEB Stuarts monument, placed at the location where he was mortally wounded is on Telegraph Rd, just 1/4 mile from the intersection of Interstate-95 and Interstate-295 which have destroyed much of this historic site. To get to the Stuart monument, take Rt-1 north from I-295, and turn right on Virginia Center Parkway. Take the next right on Telegraph Road and drive about 1/2 mile, almost to the end, where you'll see the monument on the right in a yard.
The rest of the battlefield is in similar residential areas to the south, mostly along Telegraph Road, however, Telegraph Road has been split by Interstate-295, so you'll have to cross the interstate using Rt 1. The link below guides you through a short tour with seven stops.