Experience Richmond history on foot, thanks to the newly created “Richmond Liberty Trail.” How do you like them apples, Boston?
RICHMOND LIBERTY TRAIL
The Richmond Liberty Trail is a walking route that connects many of downtown Richmond’s historic sites, attractions and neighborhoods, including 15 national historic landmarks. This 6.2 mile (10K) trail is temporarily marked with a logo painted on the sidewalk [thanks to volunteer efforts earlier this month!]. Ultimately, the trail will be marked with more sophisticated, permanent markers akin to those that will soon mark the Richmond Slave Trail. Where the Richmond Liberty Trail meets corners or other locations where direction is needed, supplementary arrows indicate in which direction to walk.
There is no beginning or end to the Richmond Liberty Trail. It is a self-guided, continuous loop intended for visitors and residents who want to experience portions of Richmond’s nationally significant history on foot. Participants are encouraged to walk portions of the route based on their interests. For instance, in Shockoe, the Richmond Liberty Trail connects with the Richmond Slave Trail and the Virginia Capital Trail.
Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Site
African Burial Ground
Valentine Richmond History Center in Court End
Museum and White House of the Confederacy
Maggie L. Walker Historic Site in Jackson Ward
St. John’s Church in Church Hill
The Canals, Canal Walk and Browns Island
The Christopher Newport Cross
The Holocaust Museum of Virginia
The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
For more information contact Bill Martin, Valentine Richmond History Center, 804.649.0711 x340, or Lesley Bruno, Greater Richmond Chamber, 804.783.9328.
Richmond Liberty Trail website