The 2013 Valentine Richmond History Center schedule of walking tours was recently announced, and includes many in the area:
History Hounds Explore Church Hill Walking Tour (10am-12pm)
Dogs are invited to join their owners for this walking tour of Church Hill, in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at Patrick Henry Park across from St. John’s Church, E. Broad and 24th streets.
Historic Cemeteries Revisited Bus Tour (10am-1pm) Free for all veterans!
Commemorate Memorial Day with a tour of historic 18th & 19th century cemeteries in Richmond’s East End, including St. John’s Church, the African Burial Ground, Shockoe, Hebrew, Oakwood, and Woodland Cemeteries and several others. Learn about their layout, evolution as parks, artwork and notable tenants. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at the History Center.
Shockoe Bottom Walking Tour (2-4pm)
Now an entertainment and residential district, Shockoe Bottom once served as Richmond’s commercial and transportation hub, as well as one of the country’s busiest slave markets. Explore Main Street Station, the Farmer’s Market, Tobacco Row and current revitalization efforts. Meet at Main and 17th streets.
Church Hill Walking Tour (6-7:30pm)
Examine 19th century architecture and modern revitalization efforts in Richmond’s oldest intact neighborhood. Developed by Major William Mayo, Church Hill is home to St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry made his famous speech, and the city’s largest number of antebellum structures. Meet at Patrick Henry Park across from St. John’s Church, E. Broad and 24th streets.