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Old City Hall in Richmond, Virginia

Old City Hall in Richmond, Virginia, is grand and impressive. Built of gray granite in 1894, this Gothic Revival building consumes a city block and is located across from Capitol Square. The structure housed the local government until 1971. It features a 195 foot clock tower among its ornate design. These elaborate details caused the […]

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First Colonial Settlement Church at Historic Jamestowne, Virginia

The first English colony in North American was founded by Captain John Smith and 104 settlers in 1607 at Jamestown, Virginia. The hardships of famine, disease, bitter winters, Indian attacks and even cannibalism are retold at Historic Jamestowne. Among the ruins are remnants of several structures built on this site dating back to 1639. You […]

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Reconstructed First Williamsburg Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg contains over 60 restored or reconstructed buildings from the early 1700s across 300 acres. As a living-history museum, costumed employees explain the various venues and reenact key activities. Others conduct a colonist’s daily life like walking down the street and removing their hat when greeting a lady. Williamsburg was once the center for […]

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Alderman Library at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia

One of three accomplishments carved on Thomas Jefferson’s grave is, “…father of the University of Virginia.” He founded the school in 1819. The first class was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, about four months before he died in 1825. The campus still reflects the former president’s original design. The layout includes the Rotunda and 10 Pavilions […]

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Cherry Blossom Riverboat on Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia

About six miles from Washington, D.C. is the Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia. The area has maintained the charm of its heritage as a port since 1749. This includes cobblestone streets and historic markers plus colonial homes and churches. Near an old torpedo factory is the Potomac River waterfront. Here you will discover a variety […]

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Thomas Jefferson Bust at Monticello Plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia

This bronze bust of Thomas Jefferson, the country’s third president, stands at the entrance of his Monticello plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia. He spent most of his adulthood building the elaborate, Neoclassical mansion on the top of a hill until he died in its bedroom on July 4, 1826. The 5,000 acre estate for tobacco and […]

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Pocahontas Statue at Historic Jamestowne, Virginia

Most know Pocahontas from the 1995 Walt Disney animated film. However, the movie is not an accurate portrayal. She was only eleven in 1607 when the English arrived in Jamestown. When Captain John Smith was captured by the Powhatan Indians and about to be executed, she intervened until her father, Chief Powhatan, spared him. When […]

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Six Large Cats Mural by Jaz in Richmond, Virginia

On 212 West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia, is this 2012 mural of six large cats. The artist was Argentinean artist Franco Fasoli, commonly known as Jaz. He typically creates street art on an ambitious scale. He is also known to use unique materials such as asphaltic paint and petrol. His outdoor art is seen […]

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Mighty James River Mural in Richmond, Virginia

In 1607, an English Captain named Christopher Newport planted a cross declaring a river to be the possession of James I of England. This is how the 350 mile long James River got its name. As written on this Mighty James River mural, the river has served Richmond, Virginia ever since. In the background is […]

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Cheeseburger with Wings and Beer Stein Mural in Charlottesville, Virginia

I don’t recall Greek mythology featuring a flying cheeseburger with the wings of Nike on a sesame bun. Nor was there mention of a stein of overflowing beer. But that is exactly what is depicted in this mural in Charlottesville, Virginia. Another curiosity is suspended in the upper right corner of the window. Look closely […]