Remodeling in Richmond
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was settled by English colonists from Jamestown in 1609, and in 1610–1611. The present city of Richmond was founded in 1737 and was incorporated in 1742. It has been an independent city since 1871.
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 passage of the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson. During the American Civil War, Richmond served as the second and permanent capital of the Confederate States of America.
The economy in Richmond is primarily driven by law, finance, and government, with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as legal and banking firms, located in the downtown area.
Richmond is rich with culture and offers endless entertainment through museums, parks, festivals and more. Several parks are located along the James River, and the James River Parks System offers bike trails, hiking and nature trails, and many scenic overlooks along the river’s route through the city. The James River has the only class III and IV urban rapids in the entire country.
There are also parks on two major islands in the river: Belle Isle and Brown’s Island. Belle Isle, has been a Powhatan fishing village, colonial-era horse race track, and Civil War prison camp over the years. It is the larger of the two islands and contains many bike trails as well as a small cliff that is used for rock climbing. Brown’s Island is a smaller island and a popular venue free outdoor concerts and festivals in the spring and summer.
Two other popular parks in the city are Byrd Park and Maymont located near the Fan District. Byrd Park features a one-mile running track, with exercise stops, a public dog park, and a number of small lakes. Prominently featured in the park is the World War 1Memorial Carillion, in 1926 as a memorial to those that died in the war. Maymont, located adjacent to Byrd Park, is a 100-acre Victorian estate with a museum, formal gardens, native wildlife exhibits, nature center, carriage collection, and children’s farm. Learn more about the historic city of Richmond here.