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Richmond, Gateway to the South
More About Richmond
As Virginia’s thriving capital, Richmond is widely recognized for its inviting combination of the economic vitality and diversity of a metropolis, and the rich history and beauty of the area in which it is found.
Situated on the James River only two hours from Washington DC, Richmond is the perfect location for business and a diverse population. The area’s wealth of amenities, including safe, historic neighborhoods and a strong education system, make Richmond one of the “Best Places to Live” (CNN Money).
Richmond boasts a wealth of distinguished museums and renowned universities and an established employment base. As a center for innovation, the stable economy is constantly revitalized by the city’s cutting-edge technology.
Virginia’s distinctive capital city is the ideal place to relocate and to start a business. Inside the city, Richmond offers colonial area homes and modern or renovated homes for sale. Plantations found in Richmond’s surrounding areas offer the same conveniences of the city with the renowned beauty of central Virginia.
History of Richmond
Richmond offers a unique connection between modernity and our country’s proud history. From the time of America’s independence, Richmond has played an important role. In 1775, it was from the city’s oldest church, St. John’s, that Patrick Henry delivered his unforgettable line, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
In 1780, Richmond was chosen to replace Williamsburg as Virginia’s capital. From this point forward, significant funding has been pumped into financing area transportation improvements.
Richmond is also home to the historic Tredegar Iron Works. The iron foundry’s significance to the Southern cause as the one manufacturing stronghold was influential in the decision to move the capital of the Confederacy from Montgomery to Richmond in 1861.
Today, Richmond’s charming historic neighborhoods and celebrated historical landmarks emphasize the area’s unique heritage.
Richmond Area Attractions
- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers exhibitions for all tastes, from Ancient American Indian art to Fabergé eggs to modern sculpture. A world-renowned museum, VMFA boasts a constantly-changing repertoire of exhibits.
- Richmond’s Monument Avenue is a must-see for all interested in history. Punctuated with historic landmarks-especially those hailing Confederate heroes from the area-the road is an architectural marvel. Aside from the colonial-style homes for which the area is famous, the street boasts Beaux-Arts, Tudor Revival, Georgian, Roman Revival, and even Mediterranean-villa style buildings.
- Short Pump, Stony Point Fashion Park, and Regency Square offer a range of stores to satisfy any desire, from sporting goods to clothing and jewelry to furniture.
- The National, a renovated venue with an old theater atmosphere, offers a variety of live events, from modern jazz to classic rock.
Best Place to Start Over
Because of Richmond’s strong economy and stable employment base, the city is the perfect place for a new start. The area’s affordability and renowned school system make it no surprise that MSN and Businessweek ranked Richmond as one of the “Best Places to Start Over”. Similarly, US News called Richmond the “Best Place to Retire” because of its comprehensive health care and commitment to the arts.
Richmond Local Government
- The Official City of Richmond, Va Web Site
- Small Business Administration
- Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
- Official Richmond County, Va Web Site
- VCU Health System
Richmond Arts and Culture
- Edgar Alan Poe Museum in Richmond
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
- Science Museum of Virginia
- The Museum of the Confederacy
- The Children’s Museum of Richmond
State of Virginia
Richmond Public Schools and Universities
- University of Richmond
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Richmond Public Schools
- Virginia Tech
- J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College