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Signature City Richmond

Program Number: 21403RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Price starting at: $775.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Few cities have been at both the forefront of American history and at the pulse of a nation like Richmond, Virginia. Architecture designed by Thomas Jefferson intertwines with modern universities, while landmarks of the Civil War mingle with museums, residential neighborhoods and businesses. Discover Richmond as experts offer their insight into the Revolutionary and Civil War eras, and learn about the thriving Jackson Ward neighborhood during a field trip to the Maggie Walker National Historic Site. Study art and architecture as you explore historical homes, attend a performance at a local theater and much more!




Highlights

• Take a field trip to the State House — designed by Thomas Jefferson — and St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
• Study Civil War history during a field trip to the Museum of the Confederacy and its restored Confederate White House.
• View the statues along Monument Avenue and stop to take in the impressive collection of American art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile; standing during museum explorations.




Date Specific Information

6-1-2014, 4-26-2015, 6-7-2015, 7-12-2015, 10-4-2015, 11-1-2015

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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 5 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:
Registration is 3:30-5:00 pm, 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.
  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, 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.
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, Check-in & Registration, Welcome Dinner, Program Orientation
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the hotel lobby between 3:30-5:00pm. Your arrival packet will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session after dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel in the second floor dining area. The tasty buffet offers a choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, an assortment of desserts, and non-alcoholic beverage.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We will gather in our private meeting room. The Program Coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather or other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Overview of Richmond, Field Trips to Virginia State Capitol, St. John's Church
(Monday, June 2)

Note: Walking and stairs at Capitol building and St. John's Church where there are approximately 12 steps up to the churchyard; handicapped access available.



   
 Breakfast: The extensive breakfast buffet offers choices of made-to-order omelettes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Signature City Richmond – History, Culture, Architecture. An overview of Richmond and how it came to be: site of an Indian village in 1607 where Pocahontas’ father, Chief Powhatan, grew up, and later a fortified place on the early frontier; where American patriots convened to call for Independence, and in 1780 the successor as capital to Jamestown and Williamsburg. The city today is a treasure trove of history, culture, and architectural gems with 45 designated National Historic Districts.

FIELD TRIP: Virginia State Capitol. This living landmark of American self-government has been home to the General Assembly — the oldest legislature continuously operating in the Western Hemisphere — since 1788. The capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson, inspired by classical Roman temple design, and has served as a prototype for countless capitols, courthouses, municipal buildings, churches, and even residences for more than 200 years. The famous marble statue of George Washington by Houdon has stood in the Capitol rotunda since 1790, among the most notable pieces of 18th C. art and probably the best likeness of our first President.

 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch of traditional Virginia fare at a private club on Church Hill, a neighborhood of restored 19th Century homes that has been designated an "Old and Historic District."
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: St. John's Church. Here at the namesake for Church Hill we'll learn its history and importance as the setting for the Second Virginia Convention in 1775, at which Patrick Henry made his famous "Liberty or Death" speech. On the drive back we'll take in the views from several of the "Seven Hills of Richmond." We'll return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel in the second floor dining area. The tasty buffet offers a choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, an assortment of desserts, and non-alcoholic beverage.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Capital Richmond. As the capital of what was then the largest state (before losing its western section), Richmond came to represent both Southern and mercantile interests. Its sons and daughters carried its values west to the middle states and beyond. Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and was later the focal point of Emancipation.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Museum and White House of the Confederacy/Valentine Richmond History Center/Maggie Walker House
(Tuesday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: Field trip to the Museum and White House of the Confederacy in Richmond. The Museum's rich collection of artifacts encompasses thousands of rare objects and artwork, and a wide range of military items that includes uniforms, weaponry and flags. The adjacent White House, which we'll also visit, has been restored to its condition as the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family during the War, including the office where, after Richmond's fall in April 1865, President Lincoln sat in Davis' chair with his feet on the desk.
 Lunch: Lunch catered either at the garden of the Wickham House or at the Museum of the Confederacy
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to the Valentine Richmond History Center, the museum of the City of Richmond, including the restored Wickham House (1812) and Edward Valentine's sculpture studio. Next is the Maggie Walker House, a National Park Service site, built by the African American female banker and civic leader of the late 19th-early 20th century period. We'll return to the hotel just before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Maymont/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts/Agecroft Hall/evening performance
(Wednesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: We go this morning to Maymont, notable for its 1890s Gilded Era mansion and its grounds, today a beautifully maintained public park. The mansion retains the furnishings it held when it was bequeathed in the 1920s, including the Swan bed and narwhale horn table. In the fashion of "Upstairs, Downstairs," even the basement where the household help ran the house has been restored. Next, on our way to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we will drive down Richmond's grandest boulevard, Monument Avenue, where we'll view monuments to Robert E. Lee, JEB Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and Arthur Ashe. Monument Avenue and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are both located in Richmond's Fan District, which holds one of the nation's largest collections of Victorian architecture.
 Lunch: We will take lunch at the Best Cafe, located in the new wing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with a view of the sculpture garden, and an outdoor patio open in suitable weather.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will have time to visit some of the special galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The VMFA is now one of the top ten comprehensive art museums in the US, displaying more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. Explore numerous permanent galleries connected by a 4-story atrium. The VMFA also contains a sculpture garden, reflecting pools, focus galleries for changing exhibits, and a museum shop. Next we will proceed to Agecroft Hall, an English Tudor mansion removed and rebuilt in America, and its boxwood gardens.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: This evening we will attend a performance at the Carpenter Center, a restored late-1920s movie palace that now hosts musical and other shows, just 4 blocks from the hotel, or at another of Richmond's fine theaters.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Class/free afternoon/dinner on your own/evening class
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: Class: we'll carry the Richmond story forward to the late 19th C. and the rise of industry, especially tobacco, to the interesting people who grew up and lived in the city, and to the many effects, better or worse, of the Lost Cause: monuments, an affection for things old, a society slow to adopt new things.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.
 Afternoon: Your time is your own this afternoon. We'll be happy to provide suggestions and directions and maps, or help to figure out how to get to places. Within a range of 1-2 miles, there is a hotel courtesy van.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own--downtown are a number of restaurants of varying specialties, including a dozen in the Shockoe Slip Historic District.
 Evening: Class: Richmond enters the 20th century, the rise and fall of industries, the development of universities and museums, the wins and losses of historic preservation, a new appreciation for the James River, and the dawn of the 21st century.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Class/Program conclusion
(Friday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: Final summary class on Richmond history and culture, followed by early lunch at 11:30 am. Your program ends after lunch. Room check-out is 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: Program ends after early lunch in the hotel. Check out time is 12 noon.
   
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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