Is Church Hill ready for a youth hostel?

08/24/2009 2:20 PM by

America’s largest network of international hostels is looking for a home in Richmond. The Richmond Hostelling Committee, under the umbrella of Hostelling International, is looking for the right place to host a Richmond Hostel, Gateway to the South.

Chair of the Richmond Hostel Committee Jennifer Wampler has sent in the following:

The Richmond Hostelling Committee is part of the Potomac Area Council of Hostelling International, a tax-exempt 501c(3) which operates hostels in Washington, DC, Harpers Ferry and Baltimore MD.

The Board is working with local citizens to identify a suitable building in Richmond to add to the growing list of hostels throughout the United States.

The Youth Hostel movement was started in 1909 to encouraging knowledge and appreciation of the cultural values of people in towns and cities around the world, 2009 marks the 75th anniversary for the American Hostelling movement and is an opportunity to celebrate a tradition of “opening doors, opening minds.”

Is there vacant property in your neighborhood that you would like to see put to good use? If you can help us get donated space, we pledge to fill it up with interesting travelers from around the world who will support local restaurants and stores. The ideal building would have space for 20-25 bunkbeds with a shared kitchen and common room, and be located close to entertainment, public transportation and restaurants.

The Potomac Board has pledged matching funds for the project– we need a building!

Hostelling has provided many of us with opportunities for growth and friendship over the years. Some would say that hostelling has shaped who they are.

If you are interested in having a hostel in Richmond, join us at Pocahontas State Park for a special Hostelling Alumni Weekend on October 9 through 11. If you have friends from out of town who would also enjoy sharing their travel stories around a campfire, invite them to join us at the Swift Creek Group Camp. We have a set of rustic, private cabins that sleep four, and a central lodge with electricity and running water. Many of us will carpool to Brown’s Island to enjoy the Richmond Folk Festival during the day, or enjoy hiking and bicycling through the park. At only $25 per bed for the weekend, you can’t beat the price. Reserve your bed or your cabin today by calling Jennifer Wampler at 340-0927. Also call if you have ideas for a building, or are interested in serving on the Richmond Hostel Committee.

Working together, we can bring the world to Richmond. Learn more about Hostelling International at or



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