Signature City Richmond: Great Gardens, Mansions & Museums
Join local experts to discover the great gardens and magnificent mansions of Richmond. Learn Civil War history, marvel at Victorian architecture and explore immaculate landscapes.
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Program No. 21403RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Graced with exquisite gardens, opulent manors and museums showcasing everything from Civil War artifacts to contemporary art, Virginia’s capital city is a true national treasure. Discover the best of Richmond as you survey architecture from the Colonial, Victorian and Gilded Age periods, experience world-class galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and visit the highly regarded Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Depending on the date, delve into Civil War history and explore the thriving Jackson Ward neighborhood, or immerse yourself in immaculate gardens at historic mansions — the choice is yours!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one mile; standing during museum explorations.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home Tuckahoe Plantation, the Virginia State Capitol and St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
  • On “Museum” dates, venture to the White House and Museum of the Confederacy and the Maggie Walker House — a National Historic Site.
  • On “Garden” dates, stroll through English Tudor landscapes at Agecroft Hall and the Charles Gillette-designed gardens at Virginia House.
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Catherine DODSON
After earning a B.S. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Catherine Dodson became the activities director for a retirement facility. She returned to VCU to study gerontology and for her practicum in 1989, worked on Road Scholar learning adventures . When Catherine received her M.S. in 1990, she joined VCU Road Scholar as a full-time group leader.
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