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A Taste of Richmond’s History, Culture, Houses and Gardens

Program Number: 13795RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/30/2013 - 5/3/2013; 5/17/2015 - 5/20/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Price starting at: $515.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Homes & Gardens Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Discover what gives Richmond its richly storied character, from its beginnings as a 1600s trading post through Colonial days, the Revolution, and the Civil War to its current status as a New South city. Explore magnificent gardens, grand boulevards, and gracious architecture.




Highlights

• Explore the White House, where the Jefferson Davis family lived during the Civil War, and the Capitol, where the Confederate government met.
• Enjoy collections that range from ancient to Asian, and decorative to modern, at the recently expanded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
• Imagine life at two unique houses: Maymont, an elegant Gilded Age estate, and the Maggie Walker National Park Site, home of the first woman banker.



Activity Particulars

Walking approximately a mile over uneven historic city terrain.




Date Specific Information

5-17-2015

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Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Richmond

Founded in 1607, Virginia's capital is situated at the falls of the James River. This seat of colonial and Civil War history blends the legacy of settlers, patriots, presidents, free blacks and civil rights leaders with superb museums, monuments, mansions and gardens.



Accommodations
Modern downtown hotel in the heart of Richmond's River District with pool and fitness room, near State Capitol and James River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
  Richmond 3 nights
 Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.
  Contact info: 555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown
  Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access
  Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar rate Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar rate Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-5:00 PM in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after early lunch at 11:30 AM. Room checkout is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. none
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Those allergic to bees should carry their own bee sting kit as plantations are remote and immediate medical assistance may not be available.
  Parking availability:
Parking in hotel deck is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Richmond
  Nearest city or town:  Petersburg 25 miles south, Williamsburg 50 miles east
  Nearest highway: I-64 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Richmond International Airport (RIC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Richmond
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Richmond Amtrak Station (Staples Mill Road)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi stand
phone: NA0-0 0-0-0/ x0-

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

The Richmond Amtrak station at Staples Mill Road is 8 miles from the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. The best method of transportation is by taxi, and a cabstand is available. (Bus service is infrequent and slow.) The second Richmond station, Amtrak Downtown at Main Street Station, is much closer, only one mile from the hotel, but has a limited schedule. No cabstand is available, but you can call a cab from the station.

 

Richmond Greyhound Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Limited taxi service
phone: NA0-000-00 0 x00-00-0-0/

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3.5 miles

   

Taxi is the best way to travel from the Greyhound Bus Station to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. No cabstand but you can call a cab from the station. (Local bus service is infrequent and requires a transfer.)

 

Richmond International Airport (RIC)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
CMC Ground Transportation
phone: 804-360-2122

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies, $25-$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

Several choices to travel from the airport to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. The shuttle service listed above is one way. Also, a 24-hour taxi stand is available outside the baggage claim area, with cabs generally from several different companies.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-64 West to Richmond. When I-64 merges with I-95, follow signs to I-95 South (first a left exit and then a left turn). On I-95 South, proceed only a short distance and take the third exit, Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the North to the Crowne Plaza Downtown Richmond Take I-95 South to Richmond. At downtown Richmond, take Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the South to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-95 North to Richmond. At downtown Richmond, take the first exit after crossing James River bridge, Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the West to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-64 East to Richmond. When I-64 merges with I-95, follow I-64 East/ I-95 South. At downtown Richmond, take Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.


Required innoculations:

Yes: Those allergic to bees should carry their own bee sting kit as plantations are remote and immediate medical assistance may not be available.

Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Tuesday, April 30)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Richmond! Check-in for your room at 3:30 PM or later at the hotel desk. Register for your program at the Road Scholar desk in the hotel lobby from 3:30-5:00 PM.
 Dinner: Catered dinner in the hotel dining area includes options for vegetarians
 Evening: Orientation and introductions - meet your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning & Evening classes/Virginia State Capitol/Museum & White House of the Confederacy
(Wednesday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area includes hot and cold cereals, bacon or sausage with/without gravy, fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, bagels, toast, hot cinnamon buns, eggs: boiled, scrambled or omelets, juices and other beverages
 Morning: This is a sample schedule. Field trips and classes may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' availability. Class this morning begins your study of Richmond's 400 years of history, from its beginnings as a 1600s Indian settlement that became a haven for English sailors to present times. Survey historical events, people, places, politics, government, lifestyles and culture.
 Lunch: Catered lunch in the hotel dining room includes a selection of sandwiches, salads, and vegetarian options, with pasta and/or other side dishes and desserts.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Virginia State Capitol and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. The Capitol was built in 1788 from a design by Thomas Jefferson and sparked the neo-classical movement in American civic architecture. Its rotunda features Houdon’s marble of Washington from life, a work commissioned by Jefferson and Franklin. A recent renovation has created new exhibit areas. The Museum of the Confederacy's rich collection of artifacts encompasses thousands of rare objects and artwork, and a wide range of military items and artifacts that include uniforms, weaponry, flags, and rare documents. The adjacent two-story White House, which we'll be guided through, was the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family during the War.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant includes preselected entrees (with options for vegetarians) and dessert
 Evening: Class this evening...more Richmond history and culture...and preparation for your field trips tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Maymont/Maggie Walker National Historic Site/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(Thursday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area includes hot and cold cereals, bacon or sausage with/without gravy, fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, bagels, toast, hot cinnamon buns, eggs: boiled, scrambled or omelets, juices and other beverages
 Morning: Field trip this morning begins at Maymont, a Gilded Age estate left to the city as a park. There are gardens, a nature/wildlife center, and a mansion. Maymont is a wonderful example of lush southern gardens in the heart of the city, with elaborate Japanese and Italian gardens and 100 acres of walks, trees, shrubs, pools, and bridges. The house preserves all its original furnishings, much that is opulent and some exotic. The restoration of the lower level where the kitchen and service folks worked and stayed provides a brilliant "upstairs, downstairs" view of life at the turn of the century. Next we'll visit the Maggie Walker House in Jackson Ward, a National Historic Site. At the time of segregation Jackson Ward was the leading African American neighborhood in the city, known as the "Harlem of the South," and there is much attractive architecture and ironwork in this historic district. Maggie Walker was a banker who was the first as an African American and the first as a woman.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Best Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Daily options include a selection of several entrees, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, desserts and beverages. There are vegetarian options.
 Afternoon: Next, we'll visit one of Richmond's treasures that contains treasures of its own: the splendid Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), recently renovated and expanded, is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the U.S. Explore numerous permanent galleries connected by walkways through a 4-story atrium, enjoy the sculpture garden with its reflecting pools, find gifts for children and adults in the museum shop. Information on special exhibits, collections and upcoming events is at www.vmfa.museum.
 Dinner: Walk one block to dinner at the Thai Room. Entry is 3-4 steps down, and our dining room may be on the second floor (steps, no elevator). Choices include vegetarian, Thai and American entrees.
 Evening: Entertainment with music from different periods in Richmond's history.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Departure
(Friday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area includes hot and cold cereals, bacon or sausage with/without gravy, fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, bagels, toast, hot cinnamon buns, eggs: boiled, scrambled or omelets, juices and other beverages
 Morning: Enjoy your final class on Richmond history and culture.
 Lunch: Early lunch at 11:20 AM is catered or boxed and available in the hotel dining room. There is a selection of sandwiches, salads, and vegetarian options, with pasta and/or other side dishes and desserts. This program ends at lunch. Checkout time for hotel rooms is 11:00 am. Thank you for choosing this Road Scholar program!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


At the Falls: Richmond, Virginia, and its People


Author: Marie Tyler-McGraw


Richmond, An Illustrated History


Author: Harry Ward




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