Dr. Bermant's Guide to: Parks, Tourism, and What to See - Websites of Interest Richmond Virginia

Explore Richmond Parks and what to see. Richmond is an exciting place to live. Here is an introduction to what can be found in Richmond Virginia and surrounding Chesterfield County, Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan, Cumberland, Chesterfield, Henrico, Charles City Counties and more.

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Belle Air Plantation

Belle Air is a c. 1670 Virginia Historic Landmark, one of the oldest houses in America.features a rare Jacobean staircase, hand hewn timbers, and decorative woodwork. It specializes in group tours by owner, and social events such as weddings, receptions, corporate or association events in a tasteful, rural setting. 11800 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, VA (804) 829-02431

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley, on the James River between Williamsburg and Richmond, is the birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. President. Benjamin Harrison, son of the builder of Berkeley and the plantation's second owner, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and three-time Governor of Virginia. (804) 829-2947

Civil War Traveler

The Richmond Virginia and surrounding region is rich with Civil War historic sites. This website is a guide of what to see and visit.

Cole Diggs House

Cole Diggs, a Revolutionary War hero built his house in Richmond in 1805. Renovated in 1995, the house now houses the statewide offices of the APVA including a library and archives which are opened by appointment. The Cole Diggs House is located in the Historic Franklin Street District of Richmond. Open by appointment.

Edgewood Plantation

7,000 square foot example of Carpenter's Gothic architecture was once part of the Berkeley Plantation. Throughout its history it has served as a church, post office, the first telephone exchange, restaurant, and nursing home 4800 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, VA .(804) 829-2962

Evelynton Plantation

Evelynton was originally part of William Byrd's expansive Westover Plantation and named for his daughter, Evelyn. Since 1847, it has been home to the Ruffin family whose patriarch, Edmund Ruffin, fired the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. 6701 John Tyler Hwy Charles City, VA (800) 473-5075

Farmer's Bank

One of the nation's only bank museum's, the Farmer's Bank was incoorporated in 1812 and opened its Pertersburg branch in 1817. The three-story Federal structure became a frequent gathering place for the Petersburg community. The first floor of the building held the banking area with the original vault. Clerks cashed checks an made exchanges from the otherside of a long counter.

Hanover Tavern

Located 15 miles north of Richmond, VA on US 301, the complex is a rare surviving example of the county government building sets once common in Virginia. (804) 537-5050

Henricus Historical Park

Come relive the excitement of the 1611 Citie of Henricus, Virginia's second successful English settlement, as it is recreated at Henricus Historical Park. Visitors experience the many beginnings that transpired at Henricus, including: the first private ownership of land; the development of the American system of free enterprise; the chartering of the first university; and the construction of the first hospital in the New World. Chesterfield, Virginia (804) 706-1340

Governor's Mansion

Explore this 1813 building and the restoration on Bob Villa's This Old House. They spent 13 episodes on this project.

James River Plantations

Plantation tours, historic bead and board inns, and fine tavern dining. Located between Richmond and Williamsburgh Virginia

John Marshall's House

John Marshall built his home in Richmond in 1790, eleven years prior to becoming the third Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court. The Federal style brick house is one of the last remaining structures of the neighborhood that existed in what is now downtown Richmond.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Garden is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 262-9887

Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site commemorates the life of a progressive and talented African American woman. Despite many adversities, she achieved success in the world of business and finance as the first woman in the United States to found and serve as president of a bank. The site includes her residence of thirty years and a visitor center detailing her life and the Jackson Ward community in which she lived and worked. The house is restored to its 1930's appearance with original Walker family pieces.


Maymont was the 100-acre Victorian country estate of Major James H. and Sallie May Dooley. The Dooleys completed their opulent mansion in 1893 and spent the next three decades creating the gardens, landscapes and outbuildings you see here today. Upon Mrs. Dooley's death in 1925, Maymont was bequeathed to the City of Richmond. Attractions for visitors added over the years include the Nature Center, Native Virginia Wildlife Exhibits, Children's Farm and Carriage Collection. 1700 Hampton Street Richmond, VA (804) 358-7166

North Bend Plantation

c. 1819 a James River Plantation near the Williamsburg area in Charles City County. Rich Civil War history. Whole house tours by owners.

Petersburg National Battlefield

Basic information from the National Park Service.

Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation

One of the James River Plantations features B&B lodging, group house tours by appointment, grounds open daily. (804) 829-2480

Pocahontas State Park

Fishing, swiming, boating, hiking, biking, bridle trails, and camping. Near Dr. Bermant's office. State Rt. 655 west of Rt. 10, Chesterfield. 1-800-933-PARK

Old Stone House

Reputedly the oldest residential dwelling in Richmond, this modest house is now surounded by the Shockoe Valley commercial district. Dendrochronoly (tree ring dating) suggests that the house was built in 1754.

Piney Grove at Southhall's Plantation

Piney Grove was built ca. 1790 on the prosperous plantation of Furneau Southall and today is a rare survival of Early Virginia Log Architecture. Later owned by successful Richmond entrepreneur Edmund Archer Saunders and Civil War veteran Thomas Fletcher Harwood. The grounds also include Ashland (1835), Dower Quarter (1835), Ladysmith (1857), Duck Church (1917), Harwood Family Graveyard, a nature trail and many flower gardens. National Register of Historic Places. (804) 829-2480.

Richmond National Battlefield

National Parks Service introduction to these historic parks located at 3215 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA (804) 226-1981


Patrick Henry, the fiery orator of the Revolution made his home at Scotchtown between 1771 and 1778. The house also served as home to Dolly Madison when she was a young girl. 16120 Chiswell Lane, Beaverdam, VA (804) 227-3500

Sherwood Forest

Home of President John Tyler Sherwood Forest Plantation was the home of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler from 1842 until his death in 1862. Sherwood Forest Plantation has been the continuous residence of the Tyler family since the President purchased it in 1842. Known to be the longest frame house in America, it is over 300 feet long. Elegantly restored and furnished with Tyler's possessions to reflect the lifestyle of this mid-19th century family. Beautifully wooded landscape and original six outbuildings surround the home. (804) 829-5377

Vintage Virginia

Annual Virginia Wineries Festival Virginia's Premier Festival For Wine, Food, Crafts Music & Family Fun1-800-277-CORK (2675)

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

The State Historic Preservation Offics foster, encourages, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Westover Plantation

Westover was built circa 1730 by William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond. It is noteworthy for its secret passages, magnificent gardens, and architectural details. The grounds and garden are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but the house is not open to the public. 7000 Westover Road Charles City, VA (804) 829-2882

Adventure Challenge

Offering trips, lessons, and tours in whitewater kayaking, snow skiing, coastal kayaking, river tubing, and Rafting. Richmond, VA (804) 276-7600

Cap'n Bob's Boats

Boat rentals Lake Chesden Canoes, Jon boat, House boats, Pontoon boat, Jet Skis, 2530 Camelback Road, Richmond VA (804) 276-3763

Richmond Raft

We offer whitewater rafting trips and river rafting tours in Richmond, VA. Our professionally guided paddle raft trips range from mild to wild. (Not currently offering rafting experiences, but site still up.

Riverside Outfitters

Riverside Outfitters offers guided trips, rentals, climbing experiences / supplies, rafting, and helps with recreational use of the James River Park System. 6836 Old Westham Rd., Richmond, VA (804) 560-0068


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