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Article Title: More Than Monuments - Places To See In Richmond
Author: James Brown
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Richmond, Virginia is a city surrounded by history working hard
to achieve a good future. Not far from Richmond on the James
River is Jamestown, the first settlement in the United States by
the British and 30 miles north of Richmond is Williamsburg,
start of the Virginia colony.
The American Civil War raged through the heart of Richmond
which was the capital of the old South and battlefields, houses,
and memories from that time exist around the city still.
Richmond has become famous for Monument Avenue, a long stretch
of highway downtown which features huge stone statues of civil
war heroes. Monument Avenue was also a bronze statue of tennis
great Arthur Ashe who defeated racial segregation to become one
of the premier tennis players in the world and work to ensure
racial equality and understanding within the world of
professional sports. However Richmond is much more than
monuments and flags. It is surrounded by natural treasures.
Near the center of downtown Richmond is Maymont Park. Once a
100 acre private residence owned by wealthy family named the
Dooley's, they donated the entire estate to the people of
Richmond for the future of the city. The park features a visitor
center with aquatic displays, a children's petting zoo, an
Italian garden, amazingly well constructed Japanese garden from
two periods of Japanese history, and a horse carriage museum.
Amidst all that is a sprawling open park for picnicking and
relaxation. Maymont Park is free and open to the public and
hosts many events to educate citizenry and visitors on
conserving the land and natural resources of central Virginia.
Ginter botanical Gardens
One of the highlights to any trip to Richmond is a trip through
the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The sprawling environment
features several specialized Gardens including: the four seasons
Garden made of indigenous materials and mythical fountains, a
healing Garden made of plants used for medicine and medieval
healing, a sunken garden designed and shaped like ancient Rome
and the Rose Garden framed around a reflecting pool set aside by
the many colors of roses available. The Ginter Gardens also
feature walkways and an educational center, a horticultural
awareness center and a peaceful healing environment for anyone
who needs a little rest and beauty in their lives. The Gardens
charge a minimal fee for entering and participants can stay as
long as they desire.
Cold Harbor Battlefield
Because Civil War history plays so much a part in the Richmond
landscape, preserved battle sites and houses can be seen in and
around the Richmond area. By far the best preserved is the Cold
Harbor Battlefield park. Located on Route 156 slightly south of
Mechanicsville, Virginia approximately 25 miles from Richmond,
this battlefield features a 1 mile paved walk through the last
battlefield the south won on during the Civil War. Place markers
show bunkers that have been preserved, Union and Confederate
lines and lead to the Garthwright House a structure remaining
from the Civil War that was used as a hospital for Union
soldiers. Cold Harbor Battlefield offers a peaceful beautiful
walk through history.
Among these natural delights is Richmond, a city full of
technology, business opportunities with a nod towards its future
economic development. Fortunately, with such natural delights
and historical emphasis Richmond will never escape its past.
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