In the early days, this area was home to Chief Powhatan and the Powhatan, Pamunkey, and Monacan Indian tribes. It was a major tobacco trading post with settlers because of it's location at the rocky falls of the James River.
During the mid 18th century, the area was key in bringing about change and sparking the American Revolution with Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech at St. John’s Church. Richmond was also the place where the idea of religious freedom became a reality. By 1880, Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson proposed moving the Capitol from Williamsburg to Richmond. Thomas Jefferson, influenced by roman architecture, designed the Virginia Capitol Building setting the blueprint for U.S. government buildings including the White House and the U.S Capitol building.
As Richmond grew and changed, so did our nation. The northern and southern states were plagued with issues surrounding slavery, but what couldn’t get resolved by politicians, would eventually be decided by the military. With brother-fighting-brother, the Civil War became the bloodiest war in American history. Richmond assumed the role as the Capitol of the Confederacy but in just a few short years was overtaken by General Grant’s troops in April 1865.
As Richmond began to rebuild itself, it continued its position as a trading post by becoming a strong locomotive hub due to its central location on the east coast and strengths in tobacco and manufacturing. This growth and expansion gave rise to the trolley as Richmond was the first to use this modern form of public transportation.
During the 20th century, Richmond relied heavily on tobacco as it primary form of business, manufacturing some of the worlds most popular brands. By the late 20th century, Richmond became diverse in many ways. Small Richmond art colleges became world renown universities and small Richmond ad agencies became international advertising powerhouses. This new generation of creative professionals helped revitalize Richmond and continue to make it a great place to live, work, and play.
Started in 2013 and located in Richmond, Virgina, AVAIL Vapor has become the largest e-liquid producer and retailer in the United States. With over 100 retail locations on east coast, AVAIL remain true to it's principles making it a leading premium e-liquid manufacturer and retail. AVAIL produces all of their e-liquids in a state-of-the-art certified clean room.
Virginia War Memorial
The Virginia War Memorial was built in 1955 as a memorial to our fallen heroes of World War II and the Korena War. Since then it has honored the memories of the ones we lost in Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and recently, the War on Terror. Today it helps educate students of all ages through documentary films, educational outreach, exhibits, and patriotic programming.
John Marshall Foundation
Since 1987, The John Marshall Foundation works to educate the public about the rule of law under the Constitution through the life, character, and service of Americas Great Chief Justice, John Marshall.
Roar & Soar: Car & Aircraft Show
The Rotary Club joined up with the New Kent County Airport to create an Car/Aircraft Show. Enjoy hundreds of show cars, motorcycles and airplanes, wine, beer, and great food.
Located in New Kent County, Colonial Downs is Virginia's only pari-mutuel horse racing track providing live thoroughbred racing and historic horse racing.
New Kent Winery
New Kent Winery opened their doors on May 2008. After planting the first vines in 2001, the founders started molding reality from their dream of opening a winery in New Kent County, Virginia. Since that beginning, they planted a variety of vines including... Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Norton tha resulted in some of the finest wines produced in Virginia by one of her most unequalled wineries.
Colonial Farm Credit
Colonial Farm Credit lends money to farmers, ranchers, residents and businesses throughout Central, Eastern, and Northern Virginia.
E.T. Moore Manufacturing
E.T. Moore is the oldest and largest supplier of heart pine and reclaimed fine woods in America.
Stephen Thomas Homes
Stephen Thomas Homes is an award-winning homebuilder that provides new home construction, accessibility modifications, renovation improvements, and additions.
Julius Pittman and the Revival
Julius Pittman and the Revival is a 1960's and 1970's influenced soul and rock band with influences by James Brown, Booker T., and many Stax musicians.
Stiltz of Virginia
Virginia home elevator solutions providing the most innovative, unique and useful residential elevators on the market.
Kick Your Worries To The Curb! Curbside Cafe is a locally owned Restaurant located in Richmond's historic fan district.
Financial advisors providing guidance on retirement, estate planning, insurance, and taxes.
Coconuts Bar & Grill
Located in Richmond, Virginia, Coconuts Bar & Grill offers great food in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.