The Richmond Monument – A Brief History

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If you love the Washington metropolitan area and are planning to visit, Richmond is the perfect place for you to spend your visit. Known as the “Queen City” of the South, Richmond has historic hotels, museums, and numerous events that every visitor to the area must see. If you are an individual on a personal vacation, or are in the business of entertaining people on a regular basis, there are many things you can do while in town. Many of these activities center around the city’s rich history and heritage. Others are all about the amenities offered to visitors.

An Overview

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In terms of monuments, the first three that we will discuss are those located just north of the Anacostia River. Monuments on this stretch of road include the statue of General Gordon Meade, U.S. troops standing in front of the Anacostia National Parkade, and a women’s statue near the ballpark at what is now Richmond’fleshly named ballpark (now Philipsburg). The fourth structure is an obelisk that was built in Lovington, Vermont. The other three are a women’s statue in front of the Courthouse, a military monument in front of the War Memorial, and a monument commemorating the Battle of Monmouth. Monuments in the area also include firehouses, parks, cemeteries, the American Legion post, a national historic landmark, and an interpretive center.

Within the city proper, some of the most prominent monuments include the Richmond City Hall, the Richmond Museum, the Richmond Federal Reserve Building, and the Richmond National Maritime Museum. The latter two buildings each have several important attractions within their walls. The Richmond National Maritime Museum features an interpretation center that features works of Virginia First Lady Ellen Mitchell Lindley that tell the history of the US coast from 1776 to today.

Awesome Monuments

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Additionally, the largest of the Richmond monuments is the Richmond Zoo. This massive facility is home to more than one million animals including snakes, lizards, fish, turtles, insects, and numerous endangered species. Several events like the Richmond Underground Railroad Children’s Festival and the Richmond Spirit Festival take place onsite each year. Several events in the area also feature Richmond’s beautiful skyline.

The largest monument outside of the city is the bust of Jefferson Davis. Built in 1820, this monumental pedestal sits atop a hill overlooking what is now the state capitol. A massive iron structure, the statue is surrounded by an aura of veneration. It can be considered one of the most iconic landmarks in the state. The General Lee monument, which is also located in Richmond, possesses a similar aura.

The largest park in town is the Richmond Parkside, which serves as a great spot for a family outing or picnic. A great number of free outdoor activities take place at the park, which includes baseball, playgrounds, hiking, biking, and biking trails. A popular attraction is the Richmond Botanical Garden, which is home to a number of trees, flowers, and other plants. It is also home to a number of gardens dedicated to different types of public art.

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A number of museums also call the park home, including the James Madison University, Virginia Museum of Natural History, and the George Washington and Jefferson Memorial museums. Richmond is home to a number of festivals and events as well. The Richmond Film Festival, Richmond Jazz Festival, and the Richmond Spring Festival are a few popular events. Other local festivals include the Shoppers Festival in Little Rock and the Richmond Blues Festival in the City of Richmond.


Despite its size, the city of Richmond continues to grow. It has seen rapid growth in the past few decades, resulting in a rapidly expanding cultural center. Several monuments come to mind when thinking of the city’s growth and development. As development continues in the city of Richmond, more monuments will be built to recognize the past and present of this unique South Richmond neighborhood. These unique monuments will continue to call attention to the rich history of this rich community.

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