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Richmond, Virginia Vacation, Tourism and Travel Information

Richmond, VA is located on the James River where it was first settled in 1607 by Christopher Newport and Captain John Smith after they traveled ten days up the James River from Jamestown.  This is a city steeped in rich American history and has served as a meeting place for the Continental Congress as well as the capital for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

Richmond City Info:

  • Capital of Virginia
  • Land Area: 60.1 sq. miles
  • Nearby parks: James River Park and Pocahontas State Park
  • Number of radio stations: 8 AM; 9 FM
  • Number of television stations: 8

Richmond Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 36?F; July: 77?F
  • Average annual rainfall — 42 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 15 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Richmond:

  • Atlanta, GA — 533 miles
  • Charleston, SC —426 miles
  • Charlotte, NC — 295 miles
  • Chicago, IL — 796 miles
  • Dallas, TX — 1275 miles
  • Memphis, TN —824 miles
  • Miami, FL — 953 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 1022 miles
  • New York, NY — 340 miles
  • Newark, NJ — 334 miles
  • Raleigh, NC — 157 miles
  • Washington, DC - 105 miles

Richmond Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911
  • Police: 911
  • Fire: 911
  • Bon Secours Memorial Regional
    Address: 1300 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, VA, United States, 23227
    Phone: 804-730-5140
  • Capitol Medical Center
    Address: 701 W Grace Street, Richmond, VA, United States, 23220
    Phone: 804-775-4100
  • Central Virginia Health Network
    Address: 8100 Three Chopt Road, #209, Richmond, VA, United States, 23229
    Phone: 804-673-2846
  • Children's Hospital
    Address: 2924 Brook Road, Richmond, VA, United States, 23220
    Phone: 804-321-7474
  • Central Virginia Health Network
    Address: 8100 Three Chopt Road, #209, Richmond, VA, United States, 23229
    Phone: 804-673-2846
  • Columbia Henrico Doctor's Hospital
    Address: 1602 Skipwith Road, Richmond, VA, United States, 23229
    Phone: 804-289-4500
  • Richmond Community Hospital
    Address: 1500 N 28th Street, Richmond, VA, United States, 23223
    Phone: 804-255-1700
  • Richmond Memorial Hospital
    Address: 1300 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, VA, United States, 23227
    Phone: 804-254-6000
  • St. Mary's Hospital
    Address: 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond, VA, United States, 23226
    Phone: 804-285-2011

Richmond Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Byrd Theater
  • Museum and White House of the Confederacy
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Monument Avenue
  • Maymont
  • Busch Gardens
  • Yorktown Victory Center
  • Canal Walk
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Monticello
  • Poe Museum
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Watermelon Festival Richmond VA
  • Montpelier
  • Egyptian Building
  • Virginia State Fair
  • Dogwood Dell Festival of Arts

Richmond Major Shopping Areas:

  • Virginia Center Commons
  • South Park Mall
  • Regency Square
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Carytown
  • Farmer's Market

Richmond Major Dining Areas:

  • Petersburg
  • West End
  • Capitol Square
  • Downtown Richmond
  • Colonial Williamsburg

Richmond Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Byrd Theater
  • Museum and White House of the Confederacy
  • St. John's Church
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Monument Avenue
  • Maymont
  • Shockoe Slip
  • Fan District
  • Canal Walk
  • Poe Museum
  • Hollywood Cemetery
  • Richmond National Battlefield
  • City Hall
  • Egyptian Building
  • Virginia House
  • Bojangles Monument
  • Virginia War Memorial

Richmond Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Arthur Ashe (tennis player)
  • Henry Creamer (Vaudeville song writer)
  • Ellen Glasgow (novelist)
  • Aimee Mann (musician)
  • Edgar Allan Poe (author/poet)
  • Tom Robbins (author)
  • Bill Robinson (performer)
  • Tom Wolfe (novelist)
  • Warren Beatty (actor)
  • Ray Dandridge (baseball player)
  • Fran Tarkenton (football player/sportscaster)

Notable Moments in Richmond History:

  • 1607 — Jamestown settlement established
  • 1611 — Sir Thomas Dale established a settlement below the Falls at the time named Henricus.
  • 1622 — Powhatan uprising wiped out every English settlement except Jamestown
  • 1741 — St. John's Church built in Church Hill, the oldest Richmond neighborhood
  • 1742 — Richmond was chartered as a town
  • 1775 — Patrick Henry delivered famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech in St. John's Church
  • 1780 — Virginia's state capital moved from Williamsburg to Richmond
  • 1782 — Richmond was incorporated as a city
  • 1862 — Jefferson Davis inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America and placed Richmond under martial law
  • 1865 — Richmond's reconstruction began after the Civil War
  • 1870 — Called the year of disasters — flood collapsed the third floor of the Virginia Capitol killing 60 and injuring 250, Robert E. Lee passed away and the Spotswood Hotel fire killed eight people
  • 1903 — African-American business woman Maggie L. Walker chartered St. Luke Penny Savings Bank
  • 1914 — Richmond became the headquarters of the Fifth District of the Federal Reserve Bank
  • 1950 — Natural gas introduced in Richmond
  • 1963 — The "downtown boom" began leading to the construction of more than 700 buildings
  • 1972 — Hurricane Agnes caused the James River
  • 1995 — Multi-million dollar flood wall completed

Interesting facts about Richmond:

  • Richmond was named the Confederate Capital on May 21, 1861.
  • Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech was made in Richmond's St. John's Church.
  • The White House of the Confederacy is located in Richmond and was home to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
  • In 1992 the University of Richmond hosted the first ever "town hall" style presidential debate between H. Ross Perot, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
  • Edgar Allen Poe became engaged to his childhood sweetheart Elmira Shelton (also a Richmond native and resident) just two weeks before his death in Baltimore.
  • Two U.S. Presidents (Monroe and Tyler), Confederate President Davis and more than 18,000 Civil War soldiers and officers are buried in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery.
  • Union Passenger Railway, the first successful electric street railway, was formed in Richmond in 1888.

Richmond Population and Demographics:

  • City of Richmond Population — 197,790 (as of the 2000 census)
  • Male — 92,068 (46.5%)
  • Female — 105,722 (53.5%)
  • White — 37.7%
  • Black — 57.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native — 0.7%
  • Other race — 1.5%
  • Two or more races — 1.5%
  • Hispanic/Latino — 2.6%
  • 2000 percent population 18 and over — 78.17%
  • 65 and over — 13.21%
  • Median age - 33.9
  • Median household income - $31,121

Richmond Colleges and Universities:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • University of Richmond
  • Virginia Union University
  • ECPI Technical College
  • Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School
  • Beta Tech
  • Bryant and Stratton College — Richmond
  • Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
  • Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing
  • Braxton School of Business
  • Richmond Virginia Seminary

Richmond Economy & Business — Notable Companies based in Richmond:

  • Philip Morris USA
  • Genworth Financial
  • United Network for Organ Sharing
  • Capital One
  • Brinks Company
  • Infineon Technologies
  • SunTrust Banks, Inc.
  • DuPont
  • Wachovia Securities
  • Owens & Minor
  • CarMax
  • LandAmerica Financial Group

Richmond Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • WVNZ 1320 AM
  • Richmond Hispanic Church — 6851 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA
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