Virginia overflows with history, and the city of Richmond is no exception. Whether you’re interested in literary history, WW2 history, Civil War or Civil Rights history, there’s a site for you — just blocks away from your Richmond apartment! Here are our favorite historical sites to see in Richmond, Virginia.

Holocaust sculpture on wall.

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Admission to this museum is free to the general public. The core exhibits allow visitors to travel through the Holocaust chronologically. Three hundred artifacts bring the exhibit to life. You’ll also see the haunting testimonies of local Holocaust survivors. Visit the museum website to see what exhibits will be available during your visit. 

 

Hollywood CemeteryPresidential circle at hollywood cemetery.

Tourists visit the Hollywood Cemetery from all across the country. That’s because of who rests there. The Hollywood cemetery is the final resting place of two US presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), six Virginia governors, and two Supreme Court Justices. Additionally, you’ll see the graves of twenty-two Confederate generals and thousands of Confederate soldiers. This is the second-most visited cemetery in the country.

 

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Woman holding justice scales.Maggie L. Walker worked through the Jim Crow era to provide civil rights, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities to African Americans and women. Visit Maggie L. Walker’s home to experience her courage and determination first-hand. Are you a researcher? Then you can even gain access to collections of her personal writings and belongings by appointment.

 

Historic picture of the tred

The American Civil War Museum

There’s so much to see here, from the American Civil War museum to the historic Tredegar. Also, you’ll even find a collection of online exhibitions for easy access. Take advantage of this museum overflowing with knowledge and learning opportunities.   

 

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Poe's enchanted garden.The Edgar Allan Poe Museum was the state of Virginia’s first monument to a writer. It’s been over a century since the museum was established. The museum brings Poe’s enchanted garden from his poem “To One in Paradise” to life. Additionally, the enchanted garden features two black cats that were found there as kittens. Edgar and Pluto will happily great visitors.

 

 

Text by Martha Kendall Custard