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Plenty of historic sights to see in Richmond, VA

Unveiled in 1890, the Robert E Lee Memorial has always been the largest sculpture on Monument Avenue and is the last remaining Confederate monument there; the VA Supreme Court heard arguments in June contesting the governor's plan to remove the statue

Unveiled in 1890, the Robert E Lee Memorial has always been the largest sculpture on Monument Avenue and is the last remaining Confederate monument there; the VA Supreme Court heard arguments in June contesting the governor's plan to remove the statue

This was my favorite mural as I drove around Richmond; surprisingly, the city only has about 230,000 residents but the metro area has 1.26 million; Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine were both born here

This was my favorite mural as I drove around Richmond; surprisingly, the city only has about 230,000 residents but the metro area has 1.26 million; Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine were both born here

The Maggie L Walker National Historic Site was established in 1978 to tell the story of the life and work of this daughter of slaves who was the first woman to serve as president of a bank in the US

The Maggie L Walker National Historic Site was established in 1978 to tell the story of the life and work of this daughter of slaves who was the first woman to serve as president of a bank in the US

Established in 1831, the massive Virginia Museum of History and Culture was closed for construction when I visited but should be open now

Established in 1831, the massive Virginia Museum of History and Culture was closed for construction when I visited but should be open now

The bronze representation of Jefferson Davis, which was constructed in 1907, was toppled by rioters during the George Floyd protests in June 2020

The bronze representation of Jefferson Davis, which was constructed in 1907, was toppled by rioters during the George Floyd protests in June 2020

Designed in 1916, the Branch House was the largest private residence in the city and now houses the VA Architecture Foundation and the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design; the same designer handled the Jefferson Memorial in DC

Designed in 1916, the Branch House was the largest private residence in the city and now houses the VA Architecture Foundation and the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design; the same designer handled the Jefferson Memorial in DC

The sculptor met with Arthur Ashe when designing this monument back in the early 1990s; the books are raised higher than the tennis racket, this was requested by Ashe himself, as he tended to emphasize education over sports

The sculptor met with Arthur Ashe when designing this monument back in the early 1990s; the books are raised higher than the tennis racket, this was requested by Ashe himself, as he tended to emphasize education over sports

Until last year Monument Avenue had statues of several Generals of the Confederate States Army, as well as Confederate States Navy Commander Maury and Confederate President Jefferson Davis; now the only monuments remaining are Robert E Lee and Arthur Ashe

Until last year Monument Avenue had statues of several Generals of the Confederate States Army, as well as Confederate States Navy Commander Maury and Confederate President Jefferson Davis; now the only monuments remaining are Robert E Lee and Arthur Ashe

The Gothic Revival Old City Hall operated from 1894 through the 1970s; it is currently undergoing extensive renovations and will house state offices; the city is 51% Black and 41% white

The Gothic Revival Old City Hall operated from 1894 through the 1970s; it is currently undergoing extensive renovations and will house state offices; the city is 51% Black and 41% white

The Virginia Executive Mansion was built in 1813 and is the oldest governor's house in the nation that is still used for its intended purpose; despite being an old city the sights here are very spread out

The Virginia Executive Mansion was built in 1813 and is the oldest governor's house in the nation that is still used for its intended purpose; despite being an old city the sights here are very spread out

The Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, was completed in 1788; today it houses the oldest elected legislative body in North America, the Virginia General Assembly, first established as the House of Burgesses in 1619

The Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, was completed in 1788; today it houses the oldest elected legislative body in North America, the Virginia General Assembly, first established as the House of Burgesses in 1619

Jefferson Davis lived here at the White House of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865; the Neoclassical mansion was built in 1818 and is now part of the American Civil War Museum (and surrounded by the VCU medical campus)

Jefferson Davis lived here at the White House of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865; the Neoclassical mansion was built in 1818 and is now part of the American Civil War Museum (and surrounded by the VCU medical campus)

Agecroft Hall, a Tudor manor house, was built in the late 15th century in Pendlebury, England; the house was taken apart and shipped across the Atlantic to be completed here in 1928

Agecroft Hall, a Tudor manor house, was built in the late 15th century in Pendlebury, England; the house was taken apart and shipped across the Atlantic to be completed here in 1928

The Virginia Washington Monument (1869) features a 21-foot, 18,000-lb bronze statue of George Washington on horseback; there was construction everywhere in downtown Richmond

The Virginia Washington Monument (1869) features a 21-foot, 18,000-lb bronze statue of George Washington on horseback; there was construction everywhere in downtown Richmond

Virginia House was constructed from the materials of the 16th century Warwick Priory in Warwickshire, England, and shipped over and reassembled shortly before the 1929 stock market crash

Virginia House was constructed from the materials of the 16th century Warwick Priory in Warwickshire, England, and shipped over and reassembled shortly before the 1929 stock market crash

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