Virginia is the birthplace of our nation, and its state library, the Library of Virginia, was created in 1823 as a repository for all of its original documents and manuscripts, dating back to Jamestown’s founding in 1607. Its online resources are vast, and with the current health crisis keeping our kids from attending school, this is the perfect time to explore the documents, artifacts, and manuscripts available. There is even a way for your kids to potentially get their volunteer hours through the Library’s Making History: Transcribe program. Read my new review today about visiting the Library, both in person and virtually!
One of the best places to learn more about African American history in the Richmond area is the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. This museum, located in the beautiful and historic Leigh Street Armory, is a thoughtful and educational place to learn more about the African American experience in Virginia and is an important place to visit while you are in Richmond. I love its mission “to preserve stories that inspire!” Read my new review today and learn why you need to visit before April 18th!
As 2019 draws to a close, we are ending the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first legislative representative assembly in the New World. This legislative body, Virginia’s General Assembly, began in 1619 in Jamestown and now meets at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. The Capitol is a wonderful place to take your kids to learn about history, government, and the very beginnings of our country. Read my new review today to help you plan your visit!
One of the best ways to learn about any city is to seek out its history museum or historical society. Richmond is lucky to have an amazing museum, The Valentine, which has been preserving the city’s history since 1898. This museum is family-friendly and is a stop that every trip to Richmond should include. Read my new review today!
Since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to review a spooky historical destination that is kid-friendly and won’t scare little ones. The Poe Museum, located in Richmond, is a great place to take your kids to learn more about one of America’s best-known writers and to see the oldest house in Richmond. It's a great way to add a little history lesson into a Halloween treat!
Have you visited Richmond's Civil War battlefields? There are many to choose from - see my new review to help plan your family's visit!
https://acwm.org In May, the new American Civil War Museum opened in Richmond, VA. This museum is the culmination of two Richmond Civil War institutions, the American Civil War Center and the Museum of the Confederacy, combining forces and creating a unique museum. Built in the ruins of the Tredegar Iron Works, where much of the … Continue reading American Civil War Museum (Richmond)
https://www.historicstjohnschurch.org “Give me liberty or give me death!” Those words are etched into our minds from 4th grade social studies but did you know that you can actually hear those words while sitting in the very spot where this powerful speech happened in 1775? If you are visiting Richmond during the summer, the reenactment … Continue reading Historic St. John’s Church (Richmond)
https://www.virginiahistory.org As a resident of central Virginia, on the third Wednesday of the month, I will be posting historical sites to see in this region, which is rich in history and contains everything from the earliest American history at Jamestown to Civil War battlefields. To begin this series, I have to start with the Richmond-based … Continue reading Virginia Museum of History and Culture (Richmond)