National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA, U.S.A.

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Richmond National Battlefield Park


The dozen Civil War sites and four visitor centers that comprise this park can be visited on an 80-mile driving tour around Richmond. The best place to begin the tour is at the Civil War Visitor Center housed in an old wool mill next to Historic Tredegar. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865, and at this center, which offers park maps, informative exhibits and an audiovisual presentation, you'll learn lots about the city's wartime story.

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1. Historic Tredegar

0.04 MILES

Part of the multisite American Civil War Museum, this fascinating exhibit – housed inside an 1861 iron works that at its height employed 800 free and…

2. Virginia War Memorial

0.16 MILES

The Virginia War Memorial, dedicated to all branches of service who served in all theaters of American combat since World War II, is an impressive…

3. Canal Walk

0.18 MILES

The 1.25-mile waterfront Canal Walk between the James River and the Kanawha (ka-naw-wha) and Haxall Canals is a lovely way of seeing a dozen highlights of…

4. Belle Isle

0.57 MILES

A long pedestrian bridge leads from Tredegar St (just past the national park site) out to this car-free island. Once a quarry, power plant and POW camp…

5. Hollywood Cemetery

0.61 MILES

Perched above the James River rapids, this tranquil cemetery contains the gravesites of two US presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), the only…

6. Virginia State Capitol


Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the capitol building was completed in 1788 and houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere – the Virginia…

7. White House of the Confederacy

0.96 MILES

This 1818 building was the executive mansion of the Confederacy between 1861 and 1865, and the wartime home of its president, Jefferson Davis. Guided 45…