More than 25 museums and attractions in Richmond, Virginia will honor Civil War & Emancipation Day on April 6 by waiving admission and offering an array of informative walking tours and presentations.
A free shuttle service will operate between all the sites, so park once and visit as many sites as possible during the day. Hear discussions with leading Civil War scholars, watch cannon making demonstrations (and firings!), enjoy song and dance performances, and take a free Canal Boat ride. The day offers expanded opportunities to learn more about Richmond’s history and its role in the Civil War and Emancipation.
Or join walking tours and attend programs to learn more, for instance, about the 1863 Bread Riot in Richmond, where thousands of Richmonders protested lack of food and supplies during the war years and stormed area stores; or follow the path President Lincoln took when he visited Richmond in 1865.
The Walking Tour of Jackson Ward showcases the remarkable development of businesses, entertainment, churches, and cultural institutions; or learn more about the “The Secrets of Mary Bowser”, a free black woman and her work as a spy on the Confederacy.
Then from May 17 to 19 Dominion Riverrock, the East Coast's premier outdoor lifestyle festival, brings together athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, stand up paddleboarding, slacklining and dog jumping.
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