10 things to know about Richmond, VA

Here are 10 tidbits about Richmond, VA

1. The city of Richmond is the capital of the state of Virginia (also noted as the  Commonwealth of Virginia). Basic stats for Richmond: The latitude and longitude of Richmond, Virginia is 37° 33′ 13″ N / 77° 27′ 38″  and as of 2010,Richmond had a  population of 1,258,251, making it rank as the 43rd largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States.

2. About 50%  of ALL  the people in the United States live within a 500 mile radius of the Capital of Virginia!

3. Nicknames:  Newest nickname: RVA     Older nickname: Old Dominion  Richmond is also nicknamed The River City because the James River runs through the downtown area.  The Appomattox River and Chickahominy River are also rivers that folks in enjoy in the greater Richmond area.  Virginia is known as “the birthplace of a nation” probably because 8 U.S. presidents were born here: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

4. Civil war battles that ran through the Greater Richmond area can BE EXPLORED THROUGH the  Virginia Civil War Trails program.  On April 6, 2013, Richmonders celebrated Civil War and Emancipation Day, which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  Imprtant battle fact that you need to know:  Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, General-in-Chief of all United States forces, April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House in Richmond, VA.

visiting seven days battle

5. The Greater Richmond area is made up of 13 counties (but this DOES NOT INCLUDE Richmond County).

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6.  The city of Richmond is home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (one of only 12 reserves that exist in the country). The reserve building was designed by Minoru Yamasaki in a style referred to as new- formalism. Yamasaki often designed structures with narrow vertical windows and lines that were inspired by Gothic architecture.

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7. The weather in Richmond consists of four full seasons, with hot and humid summers and cold, but not too cold, winters.  The winters are mild here because the mountains to the west buffer the incoming frigid continental air – and those mountains  buffer the northern, Arctic air, whig allows it to be warmed as it flows into Richmond.  Sometimes this even means we have entire winters WITHOUT snow, but there is usually plenty of freezing rain to make up for that!

St Johns church in Richmond

St. Johns

8. Patrick Henry made his “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech in St. John’s Church in Richmond, which is also the oldest church in the city, built in 1741 by William Randolph‘s son, Colonel Richard Randolph.

Here is the ending of Patrick Henry’s speech:

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (Wirt, 1836)

9. Richmond, VA does not have an official NFL team, but the Washington Redskins have a fancy new training facility here, which is supposed to be used as an open community center in the off season.  We have two minor league sports teams, which are the Richmond Flying Squirrels (baseball) and Richmond Kickers (soccer). Also, the greater Richmond area hosts sporting events like NASCAR races and the Riverrock festival, which is an annual 3-day sports and musical festival in early summer.

10.  When my husband and I first moved here in 2003, we called the Richmond area one of America’s hidden beauties  – and in 2009, Forbes.com ranked Richmond as one of the nation’s 100 Best “Bang-For-The-Buck Cities”

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