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Richmond was founded in 1737 at the furthest navigable point on the James River and remained a quiet outpost until the Revolutionary War period.

This was when the Virginians realized that Williamsburg was prone to attack by British forces and moved their capital 50 miles inland to Richmond.

Despite this, the city was raided many times but nevertheless flourished to become a large and prosperous place by the time of the Civil War. Despite Virginia voting against secession from the Union, it became the capital of the Confederacy and this was when the enormous Tredegar Iron Works were established, the main engine of the Confederate war machine.

Just a week after the fall of Richmond in 1865, General Lee of the Confederate Army surrendered to the Union's General Grant at Appomattox. Much of the city had been devastated during the war but was rebuilt quickly and subsequently became the center of the flourishing tobacco industry.

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    Accommodation choices for Richmond

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Richmond. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Omni Richmond, Richmond

      Omni Richmond


      The Omni Hotel enjoys a wealth of shopping, fine dining and entertainment right on its doorstep, and all its rooms offer views over the city or James River.

    • Linden Row Inn, Richmond

      Linden Row Inn


      Located in downtown Richmond, Linden Row Inn comprises seven houses dating back to the mid-1800s and is regarded as America's best surviving row of Greek Revival architecture.