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  • Skyline

    Richmond Favorites

    Another good vantage point is the observation deck of the new (in Richmond terms) City Hall. Since 11 September 2001, you sign in on the ground floor and then take the lift up to the 17th floor observation deck. As you can see on enlarging the 6-frame photo, on a clear day, you can get a good view of the city from all sides.

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  • Unique Neighbourhoods

    Richmond Favorites

    The Fan, centred on Monument Avenue, is named for the fanning street pattern in which the neighborhood was built upon. The neighbourhood has several small parks and playgrounds that have been placed in odd shaped triangle lots created by the street grid. One of the neighbourhood's most famed attractions is Monument Avenue which showcases past and...

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  • Cloverleaf Mall

    Richmond Favorites

    In its heyday (from the 1970s through to the late 1990s), there were 78 stores including 3 anchor department stores, a movie house, and a whole bunch of specialty and clothing stores. The downfall happened because the quality of the surrounding neighbourhood declined. The movie house is closed and the anchor stores all gave way to the more upmarket...

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  • Azalea Mall

    Richmond Favorites

    Azalea Mall was Richmond's first enclosed shopping centre when it opened in Richmond's Northside in 1963. In its heyday, it was anchored by Woolco, Thalhimer's, and Woolworth's. There was also a Food Fair grocery store on the grounds (Pantry Pride took over after Food Fair bit the dust). Some of the more notable lesser tenants were Rees Jewelers,...

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  • Famous Foods of Virginia Cookies

    Richmond Favorites

    This is one Richmond institution that stubbornly hangs on in the ashes of Miller & Rhoads, Thalhimer's, Azalea Mall, and Sixth Street Marketplace. Since 1899, the sweet smells of the Famous Foods of Virginia (FFV) factory have filled the skies of Richmond and the boxes of cookies have filled grocery store shelves all over the country. Well,...

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  • Closed down restaurants

    Richmond Favorites

    Restaurant Name: Brasilian Cafe (closed: late 2005) Ironically enough, this short-lived Brazilian restaurant was located cattywampus from the J.E.B. Stuart statue on Monument Avenue. Maciek, Urszula, and I discovered this place quite by accident in October, 2004. We had intended on taking supper that night at La Casita Mexican restaurant. It was...

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  • Sixth Street Marketplace

    Richmond Favorites

    Built in 1985, Sixth Street Marketplace was an enclosed 3-level shopping centre spanning 3 city blocks. There were several kiosks and shops including a food court. Connects the Carpenter Centre, the Richmond Marriott and the Richmond Centre. It straddled Broad Street and was linked by a pedestrian bridge. Sixth Street Marketplace did what it set...

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  • Historical Sites

    Richmond Favorites

    Some people say that constructing new buildings at or near the Jackson Ward area is a sacrilege and it encroaches on the neighbourhood. The best option is to revitalise old delapidated buildings with some historical significance to their former glory, but if that cannot be done, there are new buildings like these: The Jackson Center, 501 N. 2nd...

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  • personal memories

    Richmond Favorites

    Sadly, Andy couldn't stay with us all day for the grand tour because of a long honey-do list (for those on the Left Bank, that's a long list of small errands wives or girlfriends give their husbands.) After lunch, Lee and I left Carytown, making a beeline for the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. We wanted to get in all of the museum as...

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  • Richmond Flood Wall

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    The Richmond Flood Wall serves as a protective concrete wall against a sizeable flood. The flood wall is 15-25 feet (4.6-7.6 m.) tall. The Flood Wall has two overlooks on the Southside and several walking paths along its perimeter for tours. It has been credited for the revitalisation of Shockoe Bottom, once prone to substantial damage from severe...

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  • Statues & Monuments

    Richmond Favorites

    One of the most interesting facts that I learned during my tour of the Virginia Capital building is that Virginia has the largest number of Presidents of the United States! George Washington Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe William Henry Harrison John Tyler Zachary Taylor Woodrow Wilson All of these presidents have sculptures in the...

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  • Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimer's

    Richmond Favorites

    Folks, I'm not real big on shopping, but Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimer's were real downtown Richmond institutions. I can remember when I was real young, in the days before there was a Taco Bell on every corner, having to go downtown to Thalhimer's to buy tortillas which, at that time, were sold in tins. I remember seeing the Miller & Rhoads Santa...

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  • Rite of passage every four years

    Richmond Favorites

    Every four years in Virginia, a new governor takes office. As of January, 2010, Virginia is the last state in the union not to allow governors to immediately succeed themselves. The only governor to serve two non-consecutive terms was Mills E. Godwin (1914-1999). He not only served two non-consecutive terms, he served each as a member of a...

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  • Surprisingly international cuisine

    Richmond Favorites

    Richmond is most well-known for its monuments to Confederate heroes, being the national capital of the Confederacy, its park-like Capitol Square, the architecture of many old buildings, and its sense of history. Because it is a quintessentially Southern city, it is widely assumed to be provincial in terms of its cuisine. That is, many outsiders...

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  • Capitol Extension

    Richmond Favorites

    From late 2004 through to spring 2007, Capitol Square underwent a massive renovation. That's why I couldn't take some of y'all on a Capitol tour when you came to Richmond. Visitors used to enter the Capitol building from the west side, pass through security scrutiny, and begin the tour. We arrived at the Capitol on a hot, sunny Thursday afternoon...

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  • Easter Parade

    Richmond Favorites

    This is not the kind of parade where you have some guy dressed like the Easter bunny riding a float with an off-key high school band in tow. At this party, it's the folks who make the parade. The Richmond Easter Parade is a historic event where locals take to Monument Avenue every Easter Sunday for a leisurely stroll up and down the blocked-off...

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  • Markel building

    Richmond Favorites

    This isn't really a fondest memory, folks, but just something that sticks out like a watermelon in a bowlful of chickpeas. I'm not a devotee of architecture, sport fans, but I know an ugly building when I see it. The Markel building wouldn't be so ugly if they didn't bang dents into the steel. It looks like a UFO wrapped in aluminum foil! Seeing...

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  • Richmond Fire Department

    Richmond Favorites

    Every once in a while, while on my travels, I get the opportunity to see America's civil servants in action, yet often we forget to recognize the men and women of this country who put their lives at risk for our safety. While enjoying a wonderful afternoon in Richmond, we got the opportunity to see the fine firefighters from Richmond rolling into...

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  • Jackson Ward

    Richmond Favorites

    Known as the Harlem of the South, Jackson Ward is known for its strong black heritage and culture. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, allowing for generous tax credits for people willing to renovate decaying homes. Maggie Walker, the first woman bank president, has a home in the neighbourhood. Architecturally the neighbourhood is...

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  • Old CNB building

    Richmond Favorites

    At one time, the old CNB building was the tallest building in the city until the Federal Reserve building and the Monroe building were built. The thing that made the Central National Bank building stand out was at night. When the weather was clear, the letters "CNB" were green. When the weather was rainy or stormy, the letters were red. Under foggy...

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  • C.F. Sauer's

    Richmond Favorites

    While every old Richmond institution seems to be going by the wayside: even FFV Cookies is moving to a different part of the state, the Sauer's plant still remains at 2000 West Broad Street where it has been since 1911. Sauer's makes various extracts, spices, and condiments. The aroma of vanilla sometimes fills the air in the vicinity of the...

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  • James River

    Richmond Favorites

    The James River neatly bisects the City and its suburbs. This river is deep enough to accommodate seagoing ships and make Richmond a seaport. It is a beautiful river to watch as some of Richmond's most exclusive neighbourhoods such as Windsor Farms are located right on its banks. When the river runs low, you can find young people sunning...

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  • Art on Display

    Richmond Favorites

    To be fair, Oregon Hill isn't the only place in Richmond to find murals. There are plenty near the VCU campus, for example, but these two on the edges of Oregon Hill really stand out. The first one is on the side of the 821 Bakery & Cafe and the other one is alongside a house along Belvidere. What stands out more than the whale mural is that they...

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  • Old City Hall

    Richmond Favorites

    Although I did not get the chance to go inside the building, one of the most prominent Gothic style architectures in town is the Old City Hall. Located on 1001 Broad Street, it is a very central figure in the Richmond downtown, with close proximity to the Capitol building. There is not much to the tour, as you can only go on the first floor during...

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  • Mounted Police

    Richmond Favorites

    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...

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  • A.P. Hill Monument

    Richmond Favorites

    On 2 April 1865, Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, fell near Petersburg mortally wounded by Corporal John W. Mauck of Pennsylvania. As Richmond was being evacuated, Hill's men tried without success to find somebody from Hollywood Cemetery to bury their General. Failing that, they located a plain pine box in which they placed the body and...

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  • Virginia's Ultimate Honour Roll

    Richmond Favorites

    One of my favourite things about Richmond is how they chose to honour Richmond's war dead. Many war memorials of all shapes and sizes have the names of heroes engraved in stone. It is ingenious how they managed to engrave all the names, broken down by conflict and then again by county and city. The included photo (please enlarge) gives the...

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  • FREE WiFi at the Airport

    Richmond Favorites

    If you’re traveling with your wireless-capable laptop, get to the airport early to avoid potential long lines at check-in and/or security. Then settle into a spot near an AC outlet and connect to RIC’s free Wifi signal. That’s right, I said FREE! Most airports charge for wireless connection, that is if it’s even offered. It’s such a convenience to...

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  • Get a National Park Service Passport

    Richmond Favorites

    These are really fun and spark interest in the National Park Service system. The brainchild of a marketing genius, the purchaser can get a stamp from each of the NPS sites he or she visits. The collection of these stamps, similar to postal cancellation postmarks (which include the name of the park and the date visited) become fun to collect. It's a...

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  • Festivals

    Richmond Favorites

    I really enjoyed the Richmong Highland Games - Festival. I have Scottish, welsh, & Irish ancestry along with a few other nationalities - I'm basically a mutt. My dogs have purer pedigrees. It was one of the few cultural events I participated in while in Virginia. I went with my Irish roomie & some of her friends. We participated in the parade of...

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  • Stately Homes

    Richmond Favorites

    I was quite taken with the brickwork in Richmond. To me, there is nothing more pleasing to my eye (housewise) than a brick home. Entire neighborhoods are comprised of brick homes it reminded me of neighborhoods in St. Louis, Missouri. Along Monument Avenue the brick homes could be called mansions. There are several large manors along the avenue....

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  • Places of Worship

    Richmond Favorites

    Richmond is home to several splendid churches. Everywhere you look steeples frame the skyline. On Capitol Square St. Paul's Episcopal Church adds to the historic tableau. Both Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis frequented this church for Sunday services. It was built between 1844-45 in the Greek Revival style which makes it a good match for the...

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  • Norfolk

    Norfolk is the center of the largest metropolitan area in Virginia, with about 1,670,000 inhabitants in the Greater Norfolk area. Other major cities that are part of the metropolitan area include Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. Newport is strategically located on a peninsula where the James and Elizabeth rivers flow into...

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  • Richmond a base for The Civil War Trails

    There is a lot to see and do in Richmond for the civil war and the period after. Having Richmond as a base is great and most other sites are about a hour away by car. I just had a guest in my house that did day trips to monticello and the other three presidents that lived in Virginia. He stayed about a week and covered them all. Most of Richmond is...

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  • Virginia Lighthouses

    Some of my favorite Chesapeake Bay lighthouses are in Virginia.Old and New Point Comfort - Old Point Comfort was one of the first Virginia lighthouses that I saw and it is still an active lighthouse. It was a good long time before I got to see New Point Comfort which is a considerable distance away from Old Point Comfort and has been inactive.Old...

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  • PEAKS OF OTTER LODGE AND RESTAURANT

    Nestled between two of the three mountains that make up the Peaks of Otter, is the PEAKS OF OTTER LODGE AND RESTAURANT located at Milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Bedford, Virginia.Open year round, the Lodge, completed in 1964, is the flagship of a chain of visitor concessions strung along the Virginia portion of the Parkway. A beautiful...

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  • Well, I don't know that 'YOU...

    Well, I don't know that 'YOU Absoluterly Must' as the VT caption states, but, My favorite things about Virginia are my daughter and little boy And since they ARE my all time favorite things on this planet, I'm taking the liberty of including them on my page! My apologies to all of you. I know that seeing my family photos is NOT exactly what you had...

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  • Virginia

    When we get to Smith Point on our boat, we know we have rounded the corner into Virginia. The Potomac River, up to the Virginia shore actually belongs to Maryland.Under Things To Do in Virginia, I've made a separate tip for my pages in the Hampton Roads area (Norfolk) These are the less traveled, scattered locations in Virginia when I have...

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  • Evans Farm Inn, part 1

    Since this restaurant closed down in late 1999 (I ought to know because I was part of the crew responsible for liquidating the fixtures & equipment), it would not be right to put it under "Restaurants" in the main part of the page. It was an island of country living and cooking in the middle of an increasingly urban area. The restaurant looked...

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  • county lines

    Virginia is chopped up into 95 counties, each with their own government and political goals. Besides that, there are another 40 cities that are independent of each other and independent from the counties. So that makes over 130 jurisdictions vying for state dollars and tourist income. No wonder there are so many tourist sights and welcome centers...

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  • Lee, Christian, and Nat's excellent...

    Not only did I show Christian around Richmond and other parts of Virginia, but Lee gipper84 helped me. I guess this could be classified as a mini-VT meeting, but it was fun just the three of us. Lee first met us at Main Street Station on Christian's second full day in central Virginia. We toured that and St. John's Church (where Patrick Henry gave...

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  • Old Time Petrol station

    In case there was any doubt that Virginia is good at preserving history, you need look no further than the small Northern Neck town of White Stone. There, they preserve an old-time petrol station complete with 1940s style pumps. It harkens back to an era when full-service meant just that...and with a smile. en español, em português

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  • Impressive architecture in Reedville

    Reedville presents historic Victorian mansions built by factory owners and fishing boat captains. Main Street was known as "Millionaire's Row," home to wealthy fishermen who made their fortunes from the menhaden that was common in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. I am told the Reedville Museum, which was closed at the time Lee, Christian, and I...

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  • Golden Skillet Fried Chicken

    My first exposure to fast-food chicken was not Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC, but Golden Skillet, a Virginia business that went national and international (though I never saw any in the foreign countries I visited). In my opinion, Golden Skillet was much better than its more well-known competitor. I didn't know at the time that the first Golden...

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  • Mermaids in Norfolk

    Now, i'm not sure if this is true or not, but it has been said if you find all 50 or so mermaids like the one pictured here, and you either bring the pictures and/or locations to the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, they will give you a check for $50. I never had time to do it, but it does sound fun...something to look into anyway.....!This one is...

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