Sculptures, Statues, and Monuments

We moved to Americamps RV Park just north of Richmond, Virginia. We checked in early because weather reports indicated it could rain and we wanted to avoid having to get set up in the rain. The park was booked up because of all the snowbirds returning north as well as Easter weekend and Spring Break time, but they did manage to squeeze us in to a small spot. We paid for the next three nights.

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Americamps RV Park

Then we went to the Richmond Visitor Center to get information on the area. The first street was saw when leaving the visitor center, Clay Street, was loaded with cherry blossoms.

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Richmond Blossoms

The Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, has been here since 1788. We got there just as the next tour was about to begin so we joined them for a very informative and interesting tour.

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Virginia State Capitol, Richmond

If you like history, in particular the Revolutionary War and the Civil war, this is the place to visit. It’s loaded with history here. Our tour guide did a great job covering many of the events that shaped this nation.

When we left the capitol building we went down to the canal/river walk and explored that. There are more blooms here, beautiful.

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Cherry Blossoms at Richmond VA

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Canal on James River at Richmond, Virginia

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Art on the Canal Walk

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Art on the Canal Walk, Richmond, VA

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James River, Richmond, VA

Also down by the river are the remains of the Tredegar Iron Works, the Confederacy’s only major iron works, now a National Historic Landmark, part of the National Park Service. The American Civil War Center is here too.

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  Tredegar Iron Works and Civil War Museum

I can see now that we would have to spend weeks here to really see all the monuments and historic sites and the battlefields. But we’re just here for a few days. Gotta save some for our next visit.

We did take a drive down Monument Street, the only street in America listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Every few blocks there is a monument to a Virginia native.

Monument Avenue has some awesome architecture and beautiful trees.

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Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA

Monument Avenue

Monument Avenue

The day warmed up to 80 degrees, looked like it was going to rain, but we did not get wet.

  • Lodging:  $122.36 for three nights. (10% Good Sam discount)
  • Admission & fees:  free
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