The present day site of Richmond was founded in 1737. Richmond is located at the head of the James River about 100 miles south of Washington. D.C. and between Atlanta and Boston. Its central location makes it easily accessible for day trips, visiting mountains, beaches and historic sites. During the Civil War, Richmond served as the Capital for the southern states. Many of the civil war land marks remain today. In 1775, Patrick Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech here.
Richmond is home to Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. Some sites to visit are the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Science Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society and the Valentine Richmond History Center.
Richmond has their share of minor league professional sports teams. The Atlanta Brave’s farm team, the Richmond Braves, is their AAA baseball team. The Richmond Lions is a division 2 rugby team and the Richmond Kickers are a division 2 soccer tem.
Popular annual events include the River City Beer and Seafood Festival, the State Fair of Virginia, Maymont Flower and Garden Show, Maymont Barn Days, Brunswick Stew Festival, Watermelon Festival, Chili Cook Off, High on the Hog, 2nd Street Festival, and the River Street Party.