I can't begin to tell you how many visits to Belle Isle I've made over the 17 years I've lived here in Richmond & thought to myself, "I really need to visit Tredegar one of these days... when I'm not dressed in a bathing suit & shorts!" Well, I'm certainly not sporting a bathing suit THIS week & was lucky enough to find an opportunity to visit this beautiful museum on a weekday morning & had it ALL to myself!
The Civil War continues to impact our nation even today - much more than I think many of us realize - & the exhibits here at Tredegar taught me several additional things I didn't know about the conflict... & that was just in my very brief one hour visit. One really needs to allow a bit more time than I did to fully experience both the museum & surrounding site.
Tredegar is only one piece of multiple sites that make up the American Civil War Museum (http://www.acwm.org/). As the sites are scattered, the trolley would be very convenient to ferry your family or group from one site to the next with meal stops in between. The American Civil War Museum could be a pretty full day tour for those who want to visit just the Richmond sites (Museum & White House of the Confederacy & Tredegar) or even a two day tour for those who desire to make a complete visit by also heading out to the Appomattox location. Why have everyone in separate vehicles when you can all be together & leave the driving to us so you can talk with each other about your experience!
Tredegar is also a TERRIFIC wedding venue site! The iron, brick & cobblestones contrast so beautifully with flowers & gorgeous dresses!
I've always been a fan of concentric circles. So, it makes perfect sense to me that anyone visiting Richmond should begin their visit here at The Valentine (http://thevalentine.org) . The museum has a wonderful new exhibition "This is Richmond" & I'll bet that even if you're a native with a long lineage, you'll still find yourself surprised by at least one or two things you learn during a visit here.
Frequently, I hear reference that Richmond is perhaps, not-so-open to non-Richmonders... It's my opinion that John Wickham's history flies in the face of that myth. Don't miss a tour of his home, the Wickham House, right next door as part of YOUR experience at The Valentine to learn why.
The Wickham House is extraordinary... a terrific location to learn more about our city's history or to hold a wedding or other special event. The staircase in the entrance of the home (below), along with many other features of the property, is simply breathtaking - functional art in itself!
Took a visit to Agecroft Hall today. There was something very magical about visiting this beautiful home in the winter on a weekday. Very few visitors were present & it all felt a bit... "Secret Garden-y"... before Mary learns the garden is "wick". Our guide, Susan, demonstrated an AMAZING talent for reading/speaking in "Old English". If you are lucky enough to have her on your visit, ask her to read a bit of the "Father Time" piece at the end of the hall just in front of the Gentleman's Room for you. I promise you will be glad you did! Agecroft is a MUST STOP on an HISTORIC RICHMOND HOMES TROLLEY TOUR! Give us a call at 804.767.6800 if you'd like to set one up.