Richmond is a hip college town, a remnant of the old south, and a bustling urban center all in one. Click here to see a video of the city.
rich in history, rich in culture, rich in spiritual opportunity
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the tenth state to become part of the United States of America. The City’s estimated population is 200,123, but when you count the metro area as a whole, it’s a lot bigger: 1.1 million souls.
The present city of Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780. During the Revolutionary War period, several notable events occurred in the city, including Patrick Henry’s, “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775 at St. John’s Church, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1779– the latter of which was written by Thomas Jefferson.
During the American Civil War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America, and many important American Civil War landmarks remain here today, including the Tredeger Iron Works, the Virginia State Capitol and the White House of the Confederacy, among others.
Richmond offers many scenic and recreational opportunities, including:
The James River runs right through Richmond. The James River boasts the only Class 4 rapids within a US city. So Richmond is your place to get your feet wet, swim, canoe, kayak & white water raft.
Manchester Wall, located downtown on remnants of the old James River Bridge, is one of central Virginia’s premier rock climbing areas,
known for its multiple routes for trad climbing, sport climbing and top
roping. Manchester Wall, and its 3 adjacent pillars, are superb for
recreational and experienced climbers alike.
Belle Isle is a small (54 acre) island in the James River in downtown Richmond, accessible to pedestrian and bicycle traffic via a suspension footbridge. Belle Isle is a great place for people who love walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking or just laying on the rocks getting a good tan. The island also offers many historic ruins and buildings along its many wooded trails. All this, only minutes from the heart of downtown Richmond!
The Byrd Theatre in Carytown is a fully restored, classic movie theater from the 1920s era that still features second-run movies on a weekly basis. The Byrd is especially popular with Richmond’s many college students, thanks to its $1.99 tickets and dazzling interior design. On Saturday nights, before the 7:15 show, you are treated to a live performance on a vintage Wurlitzer organ that actually rises up from beneath the floor!