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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Places near Richmond
- Williamsburg 44 miles away
- Virginia 56 miles away
- Charlottesville 67 miles away
- Virginia Beach 93 miles away
- Washington D.C. 97 miles away
- Front Royal 105 miles away
- St. Michaels 109 miles away
- Annapolis 113 miles away
- Baltimore 129 miles away
- Roanoke 139 miles away
- Raleigh 140 miles away
- Gettysburg 159 miles away
- Lancaster 184 miles away
- Winston-Salem 185 miles away
- Philadelphia 208 miles away
- Wilmington 231 miles away
- Charlotte 249 miles away
- New York 289 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Richmond
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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.
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.