Richmond is the capitol of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a lively and interesting city with a history that is long, rich and troubled. During the American Civil war, Richmond was the capitol of the so-called Confederate States of America, and its identity as a city is inextricably tied to that era. There are many sites of historical interest in Richmond. Along with several fantastically preserved antebellum plantation houses and Civil War sites like Belle Isle, a former P.O.W. camp along the canal, visitors can choose from numerous interesting Museums.
The Museum of the Confederacy is dedicated to the region’s Civil War past. The Black History Museum & Cultural Center chronicles notable achievements by African American Virginians. Literary history enthusiasts simply must visit the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, a block from the author’s former residence in Shockoe Bottom.