Programs & Tours

Programs & Tours

Walking & Bus Tours

Explore 400 Years Of History 

Richmond History Tour is a service of the Valentine Richmond History Center.  We offer a wide variety of guided tours that explore the rich and diverse history of the city. Guided walking tours, specialty bus tours, custom group tours, school tours and step-on guides are among the services offered by the History Center.

Public Tours

Public Tours run April through December. To search by date, visit our Calendar. The full schedule is posted chronologically below.

As a service of the Valentine Richmond History Center, these tours offer more than  340 opportunities to tour Richmond on foot, by bus or with your dog. Led by master guides, these tours are the best way to experience the city’s past, present and future.

Walking Tours: $15 per person, $5 for History Center members and children ages 12 and under. Tour guides accept cash or check. Charge in advance online or by phone.

Hollywood Cemetery Specialty Tours are $10 for History Center member and children ages 12 and under.  Tours are marked with a (*) in the schedule below.

Bus Tours: $25 per person, $20 for History Center members. Includes parking and same-day History Center admission. Reservations required.

History Hounds tours are dog-friendly. Limit two dogs per party. Reservations required.

Tours are held rain or shine; however, in extreme weather conditions a tour may be cancelled. Call (804) 649-0711, prompt 4, to verify the tour will take place.

Information and Reservations: (804) 649-0711 ext. 301

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Pre-Paid Vouchers

If you have a Groupon, LivingSocial or any other voucher for a walking tour that has expired, we will honor the voucher at face value (amount you paid) for any walking tour.

Restrictions are as follows: Due to our reservation system, we are unable to accept your voucher for any tour that requires a reservation which includes bus tours, Director's Tours, History Hounds and Holiday Glitter.  An expired voucher may be used at face value for a Hollywood Cemetery Specialty Tour but will require a $5 donation to the Friends of Hollywood Cemetery (cash or check) per person for the maintenance of the cemetery grounds paid directly to your guide at the time of the tour.

Purchase Online

For your convenience, you may purchase walking and bus tour tickets online with your credit card.  Our tour guides only accept cash or check if paying on-site.

Same-day online ticket sales are not permitted. Same-day walk-ups (cash or check only) are welcome on most walking tours and on some bus tours, space permitting. Cancellations: If you would like to cancel your reservation, call (804) 649-0711 x301 no later than 48 hours before the start of the tour in order to receive a refund. No-shows will not be refunded. If a tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be contacted directly by phone and issued a full refund.  In case of inclement weather, please visit www.richmondhistorytours.com or call (804) 649-0711 option 4 to verify the status of the scheduled tour.

Step On Guides

Our master guides are well-trained, friendly and knowledgeable. Contact Dean Knight, Director of Tours at 804-649-0711, ext. 319 or tours@richmondhistorycenter.com, to schedule a step-on guide.

Supporters

The 2014 Richmond History Tours Season is generously supported by:

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RICHMOND HISTORY TOURS 2014 PUBLIC SEASON
(listed chronologically)

APRIL


Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (10-11:30 a.m.)
Offered daily Monday-Saturday, April 1-Oct. 31
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

April 6
The Alleys and Parks of the Fan Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.) 
The branching avenues that give the Fan its characteristic fan shape form several triangular green spaces, including Harrison Street Park, Lombardy Park and Monroe Park. Stroll through these, as well as landscaped alleys and hidden gardens. Meet at Meadow Park, at the intersection of Meadow, Park and Stuart avenues. 

April 12
Civil War Sampler Bus Tour (1-5 p.m.)
A look at Richmond’s role as the Capital of the Confederacy. Includes Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, Court End, the canal area, Hollywood Cemetery, Monument Avenue and the battlefields at Gaines’ Mill and Cold Harbor. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the History Center.

April 13
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.) 
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

April 20
Church Hill Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Examine 19th century architecture and modern revitalization efforts in Richmond’s oldest intact neighborhood. The area is home to St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry made his famous speech, and the city’s largest number of antebellum structures. Meet at Patrick Henry Park across from St. John’s Church, East Broad and 24th streets. 

April 26
History Hounds Explore Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Dogs and their owners will enjoy this walking tour presented in partnership with the Richmond SPCA.  Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the cemetery gates at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

April 27
Main Street Recycled Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
The historic business district known for its 19th and 20th century iron fronts and high rises is viewed by developers as an opportunity for urban residential growth. Tour focuses on the history, architectural styles and ornamentation of these buildings and their adaptive reuse for the 21st century. Meet at 14th and Main streets.

April 30
Leading Women of Richmond Walking Tour (9-9:45 a.m.) 
As part of Historic Garden Week, discover the unique history of the women of Richmond. Meet at the Kent-Valentine House, 12 E. Franklin St.

MAY

Don’t miss our Hollywood Cemetery (Mon.-Sat.) and City Center (Tues.-Sat.) walking tours.

May 1, 2
Leading Women of Richmond Walking Tour (9-9:45 a.m.)
As part of Historic Garden Week, discover the unique history of the women of Richmond. Meet at the Kent-Valentine House, 12 E. Franklin St.

May 4
Manchester Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Located south of the James River, Manchester was a major port city and for three years was the county seat of Chesterfield. Incorporated into Richmond in 1910, Manchester enjoyed a mid-century retail heyday and is now recapturing its roots. Meet at Bankuet Place, 1129 Hull St.

May 6
City Center Walks (10-11:30 a.m.)
Offered daily Tuesday-Saturday, May 6-Aug. 30
The History Center and Richmond Region Tourism present a downtown walking tour of East Broad and Grace streets, including the CenterStage complex, The National, the Virginia State Capitol with a nod to Jefferson andSpielberg, and the former Miller & Rhoads building, now a hotel and condominiums. Meet at the Richmond Visitor Center, 405 N. 3rd St. 

May 10
History Hounds Explore Bellevue (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Dogs and their owners will enjoy this walking tour of Bellevue presented in partnership with the Richmond SPCA.  Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext.301. Meet at Bellevue and MacArthuravenues.

May 11
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

May 17
Hollywood Cemetery: Symbolism and Monument Styles Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn to interpret the spiritual, occupational, vegetal and fraternal signs and symbols found on headstones and ironworks. Discover the historical origins of monument styles including cradle stones, pyramids, pier stones, mausoleums and reliquaries. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

May 18
Monument Avenue Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
The first street in the U.S. to be designated a National Landmark by the National Park Service, Monument Avenue is one of America’s most beautiful boulevards. Learn about the architectural styles of its grand homes, its famous residents and renowned architects. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.     

May 22
New Evening Tour! Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (6-7:30 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

May 25
Capitol Square: Jefferson, Washington and Spielberg Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Capitol Square is home to the Virginia State Capitol, Executive Mansion, Bell Tower, Civil Rights Memorial and several monuments dedicated to Virginians who helped shape our nation’s history, including George Mason, Thomas Jefferson and Harry F. Byrd. Includes State Capitol tour. Meet at 9th and Grace street gate.             

May 26
Historic Cemeteries Tour, Revisited Bus Tour (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) Free for veterans!
Commemorate Memorial Day with a tour of historic 18th & 19th century cemeteries in Richmond including St. John’s Church, African Burial Ground, Shockoe, HebrewOakwood and Woodland cemeteries. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the History Center. 

May 31
Hollywood Cemetery: The Civil War Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
From the Pyramid to the gravesite of Jefferson Davis, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of Confederates, including J.E.B. Stuart, George Pickett, Fitzhugh Lee, Jefferson Davis and many others. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

JUNE

Don’t miss our Hollywood Cemetery (Mon.-Sat.) and City Center (Tues.-Sat.) walking tours 

June 1
NEW! Leading Women of Richmond Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Discover the unique history of Richmond women as you walk the Historic Franklin Street Corridor. If it were not for their preservation efforts and the causes they championed, the Richmond of today might look very different. Meet at the Kent-Valentine House, 12 E. Franklin St.

June 7
NEW! Director’s Tour: The Liberty Trail Walking Tour (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Join History Center Director Bill Martin for a walk along Richmond’s Liberty Trail, which connects many of downtown Richmond’s historic sites, neighborhoods and attractions.  Meet at the History Center.

June 8
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

June 15
Downtown Churches Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Each of these historic churches has a fascinating story, distinctive architecture and generations of parishioners. Visit Centenary Methodist, St. Peter Catholic, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Second Presbyterian. Meet at Second Presbyterian Church, on 5th between Franklin and Main streets.

June 21
History Hounds Explore Church Hill Walking Tour (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Dogs and their owners will enjoy this tour in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at Patrick Henry Park across from St. John’s Church, East Broad and 24th streets.

June 22
Carytown and the Byrd Theatre, Revisited Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
From buffalo trail to streetcar suburb, learn Carytown’s fascinating story as you explore this “mile of style”.  Includes Cary Court Shopping Center, restored to its 1930s art deco splendor, and an “inside look” at the Byrd Theatre (1928). Meet at Nachos Mama’s, 3449 W. Cary St. Ends at Dixie Donuts, 3201 W. Cary St.               

June 26
New Evening Tour! Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (6-7:30 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

June 28
Hollywood Cemetery: The Women of Hollywood Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Explore the role that women’s groups played in the cemetery’s history from the Civil War to the present. Visit gravesiteof women who were educators, authors, preservationists, suffragists, humanitarians or the power behind the scenes of famous men. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

June 29
Canal Boats and Cobblestones Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Explore architectural treasures and preservation efforts along the James River and the Canals. Includes Shockoe Slip, the Turning Basin and the warehouse district. Meet at the James Center Clock Tower at 10th and Cary streets.

JULY 

Don’t miss our Hollywood Cemetery (Mon.-Sat.) and City Center (Tues.-Sat.) walking tours.

July 4
I Know Richmond: The Bus Tour (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
An overview of Richmond’s history, including Court End, the James River and Fall Line, Church Hill, Jackson Ward, the Fan and Monument Avenue. Sites include St. John's Church, Hollywood Cemetery, Main Street Station, Jefferson Hotel and Museum and White House of the Confederacy, State Capitol, Capitol Square and Civil Rights Memorial. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the History Center.

July 6
Capitol Square: Jefferson, Washington and Spielberg Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Capitol Square is home to the Virginia State Capitol, Executive Mansion, Bell Tower, Civil Rights Memorial and several monuments dedicated to Virginians who helped shape our nation’s history, including George Mason, Thomas Jefferson and Harry F. Byrd. Includes State Capitol tour. Meet at 9th and Grace street gate.            

July 13
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

July 19
Richmond’s Historic Theaters Walking Tour (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Home to live theatre, vaudeville, movies and musical performances, these theaters continue to be part of Richmond’s Cultural District. Includes a “behind the scenes” tour of the November Theatre. Meet at Virginia Repertory Theatre, 114 W. Broad St.

July 20
The Museum District Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
The founding of the Confederate soldiers home initiated the residential development of this area, home to the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, schools, businesses, churches and residences. Meet at the northeast corner of Grove Avenue and Sheppard Street.

July 24
New Evening Tour! Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (6-7:30 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

July 26
Hollywood Cemetery: Symbolism and Monument Styles Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn to interpret the spiritual, occupational, vegetal and fraternal signs and symbols found on headstones and ironworks. Discover the historical origins of monument styles including cradle stones, pyramids, pier stones, mausoleums and reliquaries. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

July 27
Shockoe Bottom Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Now an entertainment and residential district, Shockoe Bottom was once Richmond’s commercial and transportation hub, as well as one of the country’s busiest slave markets. Explore Main Street Station, Farmers’ Market, Tobacco Row and current revitalization efforts. Meet at Main and 17th streets.

AUGUST 

Don’t miss our Hollywood Cemetery (Mon.-Sat.) and City Center (Tues.-Sat.) walking tours.

Aug. 2
NEW! Director’s Tour: The Liberty Trail Walking Tour (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Join History Center Director Bill Martin for a walk along Richmond’s Liberty Trail, which connects many of downtown Richmond’s historic sites, neighborhoods and attractions.  Meet at the History Center.

Aug. 3
Ginter Park Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
This stately north Richmond neighborhood, planned by Lewis Ginter, has been home to many of the city’s political and social elite. Meet at southwest corner of Brook Road and Westwood Avenue.

Aug. 10
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Aug. 17
Monument Avenue Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
The first street in the U.S. to be designated a National Landmark by the National Park Service, Monument Avenue is one of America’s most beautiful boulevards. Learn about the architectural styles of its grand homes, its famous residents and renowned architects. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.

Aug. 23
Hollywood Cemetery: The Civil War Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
From the Pyramid to the gravesite of Jefferson Davis, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of Confederates, including J.E.B. Stuart, George Pickett, Fitzhugh Lee, Jefferson Davis and many others. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Aug. 24
Canal Boats and Cobblestones Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Explore architectural treasures and preservation efforts along the James River and the Canals. Includes Shockoe Slip, the Turning Basin and the warehouse district. Meet at the James Center Clock Tower at 10th and Cary streets

Aug. 28
New Evening Tour! 
Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (6-7:30 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Aug. 31
Jackson Ward Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Known as the “birthplace of Black Capitalism,” Jackson Ward is rich in African American history and culture and boasts the largest collection of pre-Civil War homes in the city. Includes Maggie L. Walker Historic Site, A.D. Price Funeral Home and Dill House. Meet at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center, 00 Clay St.

SEPTEMBER

Don’t miss our Hollywood Cemetery (Mon.-Sat.) and City Center (Tues.-Sat.) walking tours 

Sept. 7
Byrd Park and The Carillon Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Dogwood Dell, The Carillon, Arts in the Park, Shields Lake and the Pump House are all familiar aspects of historic Byrd Park and the adjacent Carillon neighborhood. Meet at the Christopher Columbus statue at the south end of the Boulevard.

Sept. 11
New Evening Tour! Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (6-7:30 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Sept. 14
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Sept. 20
History Hounds Explore The Fan Walking Tour (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Dogs and their owners will enjoy this tour of The Fan in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at 700 W. Franklin St.

Sept. 21
Monroe Ward Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
From the early 1780s through Reconstruction, Monroe Ward was considered one of Richmond’s most elegant neighborhoods. Many historic buildings have been preserved and “recycled” for the 21st century. Meet outside the Commonwealth Club,  401 W. Franklin St.            

Sept. 27
Hollywood Cemetery: A Rural Garden on a Grand Scale Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
This tour will explore the cemetery from a historical and horticultural perspective with an emphasis on the beauty of nature and the impact of the 19th century Romantic Movement. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Sept. 28
Scott’s Addition Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Named for General Winfield Scott, this early 20th century commercial and industrial area contains what is perhaps Richmond’s best selection of Art Deco and Moderne commercial architecture. Today it’s a thriving business, residential and entertainment district. Meet at the southwest corner of the Boulevard and Norfolk Street, across fromMovieland.

OCTOBER

Don’t miss our Hollywood Cemetery (Mon.-Sat.) and City Center (Tues.-Sat.) walking tours. 

Oct. 5
Carytown and the Byrd Theatre, Revisited Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
From buffalo trail to streetcar suburb, learn Carytown’s fascinating story as you explore this “mile of style”.  Includes Cary Court Shopping Center, restored to its 1930s art deco splendor, and an “inside look” at the Byrd Theatre (1928). Meet at Nachos Mama’s, 3449 W. Cary St. Ends at Dixie Donuts, 3201 W. Cary St.

Oct. 12
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Oct. 18
History Hounds Explore Monument Avenue Walking Tour (10a.m.-12 p.m.)
Dogs and their owners will enjoy this tour in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.

Oct. 19
Oregon Hill Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
Oregon Hill is one of the oldest intact neighborhoods in Richmond and thrives as a tight-knit, working class neighborhood. Includes a visit to St. Andrew’s Church and School. Meet at Laurel and Idlewood streets. 

Oct. 25
Hollywood Cemetery: The Women of Hollywood Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Explore the role that women’s groups played in the cemetery’s history from the Civil War to the present. Visit gravesiteof women who were educators, authors, preservationists, suffragists, humanitarians or the power behind the scenes of famous men. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Oct. 26
Main St. Recycled Walking Tour (2-4 p.m.)
The historic business district known for its 19th and 20th century iron fronts and high rises is viewed by developers as an opportunity for urban residential growth. Tour focuses on the history, architectural styles and ornamentation of these buildings and their adaptive reuse for the 21st century. Meet at 14th and Main streets.

NOVEMBER 

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (10-11:30 a.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour* (2-4 p.m.)
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Nov. 29
I Know Richmond: The Bus Tour (1-4 p.m.)
An overview of Richmond’s history, including Court End, the James River and Fall Line, Church Hill, Jackson Ward, the Fan and Monument Avenue. Sites include St. John's Church, Hollywood Cemetery, Main Street Station, Jefferson Hotel and Museum and White House of the Confederacy, State Capitol, Capitol Square and Civil Rights Memorial. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the History Center.

DECEMBER 

Dec. 26, 27
Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tour (6-7:30 p.m.)
Enjoy the lights and glitter of Monument Avenue while it’s decked out for the holidays. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Reservations: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.