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Richmond's City Center Tour
"Come join us as we explore Richmond’s city center. From the graceful lines of the Capitol square and Jackson Ward's fascinating history to houses of the Fan and Monument Avenue to the exuberance of the VMFA we sample the best of the city center on our 3 hour tour. Includes a snack stop at Sugar and Twine Bakery that is included in the tour price. Tour includes a beautiful view of the River and highlights the best and most interesting architecture and history that Richmond has to offer! There is not better way to experience Richmond than on a bike with us!""""Come explore the history of Richmond at some of its most famous sites
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Richmond's City Center Tour
"Come join us as we explore Richmond’s city center. From the graceful lines of the Capitol square and Jackson Ward's fascinating history to houses of the Fan and Monument Avenue to the exuberance of the VMFA we sample the best of the city center on our 3 hour tour. Includes a snack stop at Sugar and Twine Bakery that is included in the tour price. Tour includes a beautiful view of the River and highlights the best and most interesting architecture and history that Richmond has to offer! There is not better way to experience Richmond than on a bike with us!""""Come explore the history of Richmond at some of its most famous sites
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Richmond's City Center Tour
"Come join us as we explore Richmond’s city center. From the graceful lines of the Capitol square and Jackson Ward's fascinating history to houses of the Fan and Monument Avenue to the exuberance of the VMFA we sample the best of the city center on our 3 hour tour. Includes a snack stop at Sugar and Twine Bakery that is included in the tour price. Tour includes a beautiful view of the River and highlights the best and most interesting architecture and history that Richmond has to offer! There is not better way to experience Richmond than on a bike with us!""""Come explore the history of Richmond at some of its most famous sites
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Capitol Extension

Favorite thing 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 and stand in the new, modest-sized semicircular plaza that has been carved out of Capitol Hill on Bank Street near 10th. The lobby area is circular and the built-in information counter is set opposite the front door and is crafted from the same stone as that used on the building's exterior. Carved into the curved stone walls above the desk is a 1789 quote from Thomas Jefferson: "Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government." Double doorways on each side of the desk lead into the core of the building. One of these doorways on each side is dedicated to security scrutiny. A little ways ahead, there is a gift shop on the left and loos on the right. The walls throughout the area are from limestone that was quarried in Israel. The first place where the street widens is immediately beyond the gift shop. Here a large space awaits the installation of a permanent history exhibition. Temporarily, a number of large display panels provide an architectural history of the Capitol. Finally, visitors arrive at a grand stairway. On the left at the top of the monumental staircase is Meriwether's at the Capitol. Following the curved right-hand wall of the atrium is another grand staircase that leads to a space directly under the front steps of the Capitol. This is a good point at which to turn around and see the distance you've traveled and enjoy the view from this high vantage point. I like the concept of a visitors centre and a subterranean passage to the Capitol building itself, but the modern style of the new part clashes with, rather than complements, the old style of the Capitol.

Fondest memory The metal frame for the Capitol's 1886 steam-powered lift was discovered and turned into a stairwell during the Capitol's 2004–07 restoration. The decorative frame, nicknamed "the birdcage" outlines an open shaft extending from the Capitol's first floor to its skylit roof.

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May 01, 2010

Virginia's Seal - Sic Semper Tyrannis

Favorite thing Virginia's official state seal has the Latin phrase Sic Semper Tyrannis, or "thus ever (or always) to tyrants." It is often misinterpreted as "Death to Tyrants", and both seem fairly applicable to this state which was instrumental in shaping the United States of America. The original phrase was attributed to Marcus Brutus in the time of Julius Caesar, but was given to the Virginia Convention in 1776 by George Mason (long before his basketball team reached the final four). If you would like to see this particular seal, it is located in the Virginia Capital Extension.

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Science Museum of Virginia

Science exhibits and an Omnimax theater now occupy the old RF & P Railroad Broad Street Station. It was designed by the same guy who designed the Jefferson Memorial built right after World War 1. Most...
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Children's Museum

Some people say that it is expensive to get into the museum($7 a person) but when you consider all you can do it is very cheap. Kids can do anything from climb in a interactive mouth to being...
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Virginia Historical Society

The Virginia Historical Society has existed since 1811 and remains to this day a repository, a research, and teaching centre for Virginia History. It is supported almost fully by private...
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

the virginia museum of fine art has an excellent collection of classical american and european sculpture and paintings as well as collections of african, asian, and precolumbian art. the museum hosts...
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Hollywood Cemetery

The beautiful, serene landscape makes this cemetery one of Richmond’s most visited places. The setting is so beautiful that if somebody had not started burying people there when they did, it might...
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Maggie Walker House

Maggie Walker was definitely a pioneer. Not the sort of pioneer that took a covered wagon out into the wild in search for gold or farming land, but a pioneer in the history of civil rights and...
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