Explore the history of Richmond

Besides the great schools, small town community feel and affordable homes, one of the best aspects of investing in real estate in Richmond is the fact that your home will be in one of the most historic areas in the country. The history in Virginia's capital city is as rich as the James River is deep and as the summer days are humid. This is a characteristic that residents are proud of, and they will eagerly point you to nearest historical site or museum so you too can be immersed in the city's legacy and culture.

Whether you live in a newly developed portion of Richmond like Short Pump, or in a part laced with its own history like Historic Shockoe Bottom, there's always somewhere close by that can provide you with an insight into Richmond's yesteryears. For instance, situated in the heart of vibrant downtown is the John Marshall House. Marshall is best known as the Great Chief Justice, and for his creation of the modern Supreme Court system. His home is located on 818 East Marshall Street, and you can take a guided tour of the house built in 1790. Stop by to enjoy its original furnishings, look at the outdoor gardens and play old-fashioned games in the yard.

You may also be interested in visiting a living Richmond landmark like the Virginia Capitol Building. It was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clerisseau, and since 1788 has been the home of the General Assembly. Located at 1000 Bank Street, it's open to visitors everyday of the week, with both guided tours and self tours available.

Of course, you can't think about the history of Richmond without the Civil War coming to mind. As the former capital of the Confederacy, it is a place of remembrance of the struggle between the states.

The Museum of the Confederacy is at 1201 E. Clay Street and offers a tremendous insight into the Civil War as well as information about Richmond's role in the Revolutionary War. This is the world center for history and artifacts of the Confederate States of America, and it can help anyone better understand the country today. For those who want to see an actual battleground, go to National Battlefield Park, headquartered at 3215 East Broad Street.