Central (VCU, Maymont, The Fan, Hollywood cemetery, Oregon Hill)
Description: Central Richmond is considered the heart of the city, the area you want to be part of if you love sport activities, good food and city walks. Walking through our beautiful city by the neighborhoods, many local restaurants and our VCU. (I need some help with intro for the central area)
Virginia Commonwealth University, one of Virginia’s major public colleges with more than 31,000 students, is situated in Central Richmond. The best public arts college in the nation, VCU also has an undergraduate engineering program and the renowned Brand Center. The vitality of Richmond is enhanced by VCU, which also makes access to top-notch theater and art easy. Alternatively, you may support the VCU teams at the Siegel Center if indoor sports are your interest.
Oregon Hill: Oregon Hill is a historic and small neighborhood within the Richmond capitol that was established as a rural estate by William Byrd III, a member of the House of Burgesses, in 1758. This location is close to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus, making it a popular spot for college students. It is also near three other major exploration spots in RVA: Belle Isle, James River and Hollywood Cemetery.
Some notable residents of this area include: Members of Lamb of God, Jay Pharaoh, Boris Kodjoe, and Troy Daniels.
Address: This area includes parts of Belvidere St, W. Cary St, S. Cherry St, Oregon Hill Park and S. Linden St.
Restaurants around VCU/Oregon Hill:
https://www.lopossum.com/ (was also visited by Tom Hanks)
Address: 1200 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23284
The Fan District: The Fan is a 100 acre district within Richmond, VA, specifically within the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) campus, that got its name due to the fan-like shape of the arrangement of the streets that stretch from Belvidere St, Monroe Park of VCU, and west into Arthur Ashe blvd. This location is known for its architectural styles in relation to Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Italianate. It is a 85-block Victorian district with beautiful sightseeing opportunities and is one of the largest collections of Victorian houses in the USA. Being a part of VCU also adds to the experience of being able to visit campus activities such as sports, educational and cultural events.
Things to visit in this area:
Address: Runs diagonal into the city grid, stretches through 3 different parks, borders VCU’s Monroe Park campus and through Monument Ave.
Maymont: Richmond, Virginia’s Maymont is a 100-acre historic area and park that offers a variety of interesting activities for visitors to enjoy. Explore The Robins Nature Center, feed friendly goats, stroll through the gardens and arboretum, view natural animal habitats, and pay a visit to the mansion.
Maymont events: https://maymont.org/calendar/
Enjoy the good food after a beautiful day spent in the nature:
Address: 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
Hollywood Cemetery: Hollywood Cemetery, a fully functional cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, was founded in 1847. Hollywood Cemetery is regarded as a garden cemetery and was created in 1847 by renowned Philadelphia architect John Notman, a landscape design that rose to popularity in the 19th century. The cemetery, which covers 135 acres of valleys, hills, and majestic trees, is situated in the state capital of Virginia on the banks of the James River. In contrast to the grid-like design of contemporary cemeteries, it stands out for its natural and architectural beauty, and its natural beauty has won its designation as a certified arboretum. The most well-known use of Hollywood Cemetery is as the resting site of Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler. The majority of people are unaware that Hollywood Cemetery is also home to some of Virginia’s greatest natural tree specimens. These old trees, although being in a cemetery, are still standing and provide shade for several renowned people’s graves.
Things to visit: President James Monroe’s Tomb, President John Tyler’s Monument, James River, The Iron Dog
Address: 412 S Cherry St, Richmond, VA 23220