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Old Aug 16th, 2011, 11:32 AM
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Richmond, VA

I am thinking of heading to this city, I was in this city about 11 years ago. I visited people. Never got a chance to see Downtown or any tourist sites. Does anyone kinow any good places that are worth seeing for a tourist. I am aware that the state capitol building is there. Does anyone have any other suggestions. Is 1 to 2 days enough to be in this city
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Old Aug 16th, 2011, 11:41 AM
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One of the gems of Richmond is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Default.aspx
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Old Aug 16th, 2011, 02:14 PM
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http://www.poemuseum.org/index.php
I don't know if you are interested in Edgar Allen Poe, but this museum is pretty good - it has a large collection of letters, transcripts and first editions.
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Downtown is still pretty depressing, though there are many art galleries on Main and a number of music venues.

The museums, esp the VMFA, are superb. There are two historical museums in the same block as the VMFA, and there are other historical collections (Valentine, State Archives) downtown and plenty of historic houses.

Hollywood Cemetery has the graves of many confederate ssoldiers, including a largish contingent of Jewish confederates and has the graves of Jefferson Davis and J.E.B. Stuart.

St John's Church on Church Hill was the site of Patrick Henry's "Give me Liberty" speech.

The glory of Richmond is the number of small neighborhood restaurants, from Millie's near Church Hill to Kuba Kuba in the Fan and a dozen more in the Carytown-Museum District.
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Don't know where you're coming from but I'd give it two days minimum to make it worth the trip. Would add White House and Museum of the Confederacy to the list. Also Maymount if your interests extend to gardens. Lots of history within an hours drive, battlefields, plantation homes, Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. The home of Maggie L Walker is a NPS site which doesn't typically appear on most people's must see lists but is a fascinating look at an early 19th C African AMerican businesswoman and first American woman to charter a bank.
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I'd also recommend a visit to Agecroft Hall, a fascinating glimpse into the Tudor age.

http://www.agecrofthall.com/
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