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What To Do in Richmond, VA - Part Two

By Edited Nov 15, 2016 2 0

Court End Neighborhood - Continued

In ‘What To Do in Richmond, VA – An Essential Tourist Stop,’ we visited popular Court End tourist attractions in and around Capitol Square, such as:  the Virginia State Capitol, the Virginia Governor’s Mansion, the Bell Tower, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Today, we will be visiting in the part of the Court End neighborhood that lies north of Broad Street. And if you are a Civil War enthusiast, this will be your favorite what to do in Richmond, VA stop.

What To Do in Richmond, VA - The Museum of the Confederacy - First Destination

What To Do in Richmond, VA - The Museum of the Confederacy

The Museum of the Confederacy’s mission is to serve as the preeminent world center for the display, study, interpretation, commemoration, and preservation of the history and artifacts of the Confederate States of America.

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The Museum of the Confederacy has accomplished its mission, since their collection is the largest in the world. Many of the Civil War documents, artifacts, and memorabilia cannot even be displayed because of the limited space at this site. Therefore, they are expanding, by opening a branch Museum. The Museum of the Confederacy - Appomattox, in Appomattox, VA, is slated to open in 2012. It is the first of several, which are being planned at historical sites around the state.

In addition to the items made for, and used, by the troops, there are many pieces dealing with the Civil War on the home front. Widows, women, and children’s clothing, jewelry, etc. are also displayed. You will enjoy the many paintings, sculptures, and photographs that are exhibited throughout the museum.

Located at 1201 E. Clay Street, The Museum of the Confederacy is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is closed most holidays. Contact information is:  phone:  (804-649-1861) and website:  (www.moc.org).

Admission is $5.00 for youth (7-13), $8.00 for seniors (62+), and $9.00 for adults. Free admission for children under 7, military (active duty, with ID), and members of the MOC. AAA discounts are given when your membership card is presented.

Combo tickets, allowing entry into the Museum and the White House, are also available - $7.00 for youth (7-13), $11.00 for seniors (62+), and $12.00 for adults.

The best deal is the Richmond Civil War Pass, for $15.00. This pass allows you to tour The Museum of the Confederacy, take a guided tour of The White House of the Confederacy, and visit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Iron Works.

While visiting the Museum and the White House, if you park in the VCU Medical Center Visitor Parking Deck, 550 North 12th Street, your parking will be free, if you have your ticket validated.

What To Do in Richmond, VA - The White House of the Confederacy - Second Destination

What To Do in Richmond, VA - The White House of the Confederacy

Situated on a hill overlooking Shockoe Valley in Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood, the White House of the Confederacy is one of the nation’s finest historic, architectural and decorative treasures. The official residence of the first and only President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis and his family during the Civil War, the building has earned a unique stature in American history as the social, political and military center of the Confederacy.”

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The White House of the Confederacy, home of President Jefferson Davis and his family, is a National Historic Landmark. On your guided tour, you will hear the story of this beautiful home and some interesting information about its occupants. This tour lasts approximately 40 minutes, and the tours can be booked next door, in The Museum of the Confederacy.

As a history buff, I have toured many lovely historic homes. But of all the homes I have visited, The White House of the Confederacy is about the most beautiful I have ever seen. Part of its beauty is the fact that it is furnished with rooms full of period antiques, many of them having actually been used by the Davis family. And for an antiques’ lover, like me, this home is a treasure trove, and should be on your list of what to do in Richmond, VA.

Admission is:  $5.00 for youth (7-13), $8.00 for seniors (62+), and $9.00 for adults. There is free admission for children under 7, military (active duty, with ID), and members of the MOC.
See the admission fees for the Museum (above) for combo tickets or a Civil War Pass, since they offer a better value than separate tickets.

What To Do in Richmond, VA - The Valentine Richmond History Center -Third Destination

What To Do in Richmond, VA - The Valentine Richmond History Center

The Valentine Richmond History Center has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the History Center is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.”

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At The Valentine Richmond History Center, you will be able to visit the Wickham House - a National Historic Landmark, the Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio, and the History Center.

Wickham House:  When Mann Valentine purchased the Wickham House, in 1882, he dreamed of opening a museum. But it wasn’t until after his death that his dream became a reality. When The Valentine Museum opened its doors, in 1898, it was to become one of the first museums in the city. Guided tours last about 30 minutes and are offered throughout the day. The Wickham-Valentine House is a National Historic Landmark.

Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio:  This Studio was moved here from its original site and has been restored. To see one of Edward V. Valentine’s well-known pieces, visit the Jefferson Hotel where his statue of Thomas Jefferson is in the Main Lobby.

History Center:  Here you will be able to explore, and follow the growth of Richmond, VA.

The Valentine Richmond History Center is located at 10th and E. Clay Street, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Contact information is:  phone:  (804-649-0711) and website:  (www.richmondhistorycenter.com).
One admission fee allows you to visit all three areas:  free for children under 6, $7.00 for children (7-18), $7.00 for students (18-22, ID required), $7.00 for seniors (55+), and $8.00 for adults (19+).
Purchase a Court End pass for $10.00, and it will allow you to visit these sites, plus, The John Marshall House - a National Historic Landmark, and The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.
Parking is available in the Center’s lot, and when you have your parking receipt validated, your parking is free.

What To Do in Richmond, VA - The John Marshall House - Fourth Destination

What To Do in Richmond, VA – The John Marshall House

John Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was the Chief Justice of the United States (1801–1835) whose court opinions helped lay the basis for American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court of the United States a coequal branch of government along with the legislative and executive branches.”

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This house, The John Marshall House, was the haven where this great leader spent most of his time. His official legal duties necessitated that he be away from home approximately half of the year. This ‘working time’ required him to be in Washington, D. C. and on circuit duty in North Carolina and Virginia. Once home, he devoted time to writing and enjoying his beloved family.

A National Historic Landmark, this brick home is an excellent example of Federal style architecture. John Marshall loved this city, and his home was certainly his retreat.

Located at 818 East Marshall Street, The John Marshall House is closed in January and February, but tours can be arranged by appointment. The remainder of the year, it is open on Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information phone:  (804-648-7998) or email:  (johnmarshallhouse@apva.org).
Admission is:  $10.00 adults (AAA $7.00), $6.00 seniors (55+), and $4.00 children (under 18 and students). Free admission for children under 3 and Preservation Virginia members.
The best deal is to purchase a Court End Pass for $10.00, which will allow you to visit The John Marshall House, The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, and The Valentine Richmond History Center.

In Closing

As you can see, Court End is a special place. So, if you are wondering, what to do in Richmond, VA, plan a visit to this historical area of the city. And if you are a resident, now is a great time to check out all that Court End has to offer. While exploring what to do in Richmond, VA, check out some of our museums and other fun things to do.

What To Do in Richmond, VA – Part Three, will take us to historical sites as well as new properties located on Broad Street. What To Do in Richmond, VA – Part Three, will conclude our visit to the Court End neighborhood.

I look forward to you joining me on my next ‘What To Do in Richmond, VA’ exploration.

Resources:
The Museum of The Confederacy (www.moc.org)
The John Marshall Foundation (www.johnmarshallfoundation.org)
The Valentine Richmond History Center (www.richmondhistorycenter.com)
National Park Service (www.nps.gov)
Wikipedia.org (www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Marshall)

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