September 15th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

henricus public days
If you’ve wanted to check out Chester’s Henricus Historical Park, the park’s annual Publick Days are a great time to do so – admission to Henricus is free this Saturday and Sunday (Sept 19-20). There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Plus there’s a lot of neat stuff going on, including tours of the Godspeed ship:

    “Join us for our signature annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henricus. Watch 400 years of history come to life with living history re-enactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical children’s games and crafts, storytelling and more. Tour 17th-century ship replica, Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement.”

Admission is regularly $8 for adults and $6 for kids.

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Rd, Chester, VA 23836

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March 16th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

time travelers richmond
This Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2015, ten historic homes and museums around Richmond will offer free admission for Time Travelers Weekend. Venues include Agecroft Hall, Maymont’s Dooley Mansion, the Poe Museum, and the White House of the Confederacy. Just show this Time Travelers Passport (either printed or on a mobile device).

    “Richmond’s most renowned historic homes and museums offer visitors a “passport” to time-travel during a special admission-free weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2015. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the City’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fascinating history and including the homes of John Marshall, Jefferson Davis, John Wickham, Major James Dooley and other important Virginians.

    Ten participating sites – Agecroft Hall, Dabbs House Museum, The John Marshall House, Maymont, Meadow Farm Museum, The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Virginia House, White House of the Confederacy, The 1812 John Wickham House and Wilton House Museum – will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a Time Travelers Passport, available via download from websites of participating attractions. This special offer equates to savings of more than $55 per person. (Some restrictions may apply.)

    Download your passport or show via your mobile device. Read the media release for information on each site.”

Press release with information about each site

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September 8th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

rva historic house free admission

Time Travelers: A Free Weekend of Richmond History
Featuring 10 Historic Houses of Greater Richmond

Richmond’s most renowned historic homes and museums offer visitors a “passport” to time-travel during a special admission-free weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, 2014. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the City’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fascinating history and including the homes of John Marshall, Jefferson Davis, John Wickham, Major James Dooley and other important Virginians.

Ten participating sites – Agecroft Hall, Dabbs House Museum, The John Marshall House, Magnolia Grange, Maymont, Meadow Farm Museum, Poe Museum, White House of the Confederacy, Wickham House and Wilton House Museum – will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a Time Travelers Passport, available via download from websites of participating attractions. This special offer equates to savings of more than $55 per person. (Some restrictions may apply.)

Download your passport or show via your mobile device.

Heads up: Smithsonian Museum Day is also coming up September 27, 2014, with free admission to a number of participating museums and historic sites nationwide

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May 28th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

free richmond walking tour

Are you interested in learning more about the history of Richmond? Matthew contacted me with details about a free walking tour of RVA that he’ll be leading each week:

Richmond Tour Guys: Free walking tours of Richmond VA meet every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM

      (Starting on May 31st, 2014) in front of Brown’s Island right next to Tredegar Iron Works. It lasts 2.5 -3 hours depending on what questions you have (with a short break half way through).

The tour is free. No strings attached. Why free? Because our guides love history and sharing it via guided tours and hope that you enjoy the tour so much that you will tip them.

The tour includes stops at:
Tredegar Iron Works
A stroll across Brown’s Island
The former slave markets of Shockoe Bottom
Shockoe Hill which includes White House of the Confederacy, the Capital Building, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
and several other stops in between.

The guide will provide insights to the buildings and to the city that will bring all of these sights to life! All you need to bring the sightseeing tour is curiosity, but you may find some water and sunscreen useful!

Matthew Maggy’s bio:

Matthew is the main tour guy. He has a passion for history and teaching. Having learned the art of guiding historical sight seeing tours in Spain, he desires to ply his trade of sharing interesting facts and giving context to buildings throughout his new adopted home of Richmond, Virginia.

Matthew is a traveler who enjoys reading books on history, volunteering, and locally brewed beer.

Richmond Tour Guys website / Richmond Tour Guys on Facebook

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July 15th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

wilton house

Wilton House Museum is holding Family Days on July 17 and August 21 from 1-3pm. The fee is $5.

School’s out for the summer, but there is still a place the young student in your home can learn and have a good time. Bring the family by for a tour of the historic house, geared for elementary and middle school aged children, followed by colonial games and activities. The best part is that this opportunity is offered at a reduced rate. Reserve your spot today. Advanced reservations are required.

Wilton House Museum
215 S. Wilton Rd.
Richmond, VA 23226
P: (804) 282-5936

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April 16th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

richmond liberty trail sign

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.

    Trail Highlights

      Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Site
      African Burial Ground
      Capitol Square
      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
      Historic Tredegar
      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

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April 1st, 2013 by RichmondBargains

cwed 2013

Major free history event alert:

The Richmond 2013 Civil War & Emancipation Day will be held Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event provides free admission to all of the more than 25 participating sites and activity centers and offers an array of informative walking tours and presentations.

Join walking tours and attend programs to learn more about the following (details available from the Activities By Location PDF):

    The 1863 Bread Riot in Richmond, where thousands of Richmonders protested lack of food and supplies during the war years and stormed area stores.
    The Lincoln Walk. Follow the path President Lincoln took when he visited Richmond in 1865.
    Walking Tour of Jackson Ward, showcasing the remarkable development of businesses, entertainment, churches, and cultural institutions.
    The Secrets of Mary Bowser. Learn more about the accounts of this free black woman and her work as a spy on the Confederacy.
    A walk along Richmond’s Slave Trail will be led by a member of the Richmond Slave Trail Commission, from Ancarrow’s Landing to Lumpkin’s Jail. (Registration requested.)
    Elegba Folklore Society will present In the Beginning… Virginia, Along the Trail of Enslaved Africans by Torch Light. (Registration requested.)
    And more

Free shuttle service will operate between all sites, so park once and visit as many sites as possible during the day. Hear discussions with leading Civil War scholars, watch cannon making demonstrations (and firings!), enjoy song and dance performances, and take a free Canal Boat ride. The day offers expanded opportunities to learn more about Richmond’s history and its role in the Civil War and Emancipation.

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February 14th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

valentine rva 50

Speaking of Valentine’s… those who “heart” RVA (me!) won’t want to miss this:

To celebrate the opening of the new “A History of Richmond in 50 Objects Exhibit,” admission to the Valentine Richmond History Center will be free this weekend

“A History of Richmond in 50 Objects” explores the history of Richmond, Virginia, through a selection of objects from the Valentine Richmond History Center collection. Paying homage to “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” the ground-breaking partnership of the British Museum and BBC Radio 4 in 2010 that focused on world history, this exhibition continues the dialogue in a way that is uniquely Richmond. From an 1819 imprint of John Smith’s 1624 Map of Virginia to the rainbow flag that flew at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in 2011, “RVA 50” examines how objects contain layers of meaning that are both personal and public.

Free Admission to the History Center will be available for the following dates and hours:
Friday, February 15, 2013 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12 – 5 p.m.

“RVA 50” will be on display at the History Center through October 20, 2013 for regular admission prices ($8 for adults) after February 17.

    The Valentine Richmond History Center
    1015 East Clay Street
    Richmond, VA 23219
    804-649-0711

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August 2nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

virginia historical society

Looking for free INDOOR outings in August? Enjoy free activities each afternoon at the Virginia Historical Society this month:

Beginning Wednesday, August 1, and continuing until Friday, August 31, the Virginia Historical Society will offer families the opportunity to participate in educator-led programs, craft activities, and group readings of historically-themed books. All programs are free and open to the public. Advance reservations are not required. August Afternoons takes place from 2:00-4:00 p.m. daily in the Marcus and Carole M. Weinstein Education Classroom.

We attended the Family Open House a few weeks ago, and thought “The Story of Virginia, an American Experience” exhibit was well worth a browse with kids –

This multi-gallery exhibition covers 16,000 years of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. It features a dugout canoe, a Conestoga wagon, a street car, and the largest collection of Virginia artifacts on long-term display.

VHS admission is always free!

428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.358.4901

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July 16th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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Free event for families + book sale – The VHS has got me covered this Saturday!

From the Virginia Historical Society Blog

There is no better time to visit than on Saturday, July 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., during the Virginia Historical Society’s Free Family Day Open House.

The Open House features a day full of games, historical demonstrations, children’s crafts and activities, music, trivia contests, scavenger hunts, behind the scenes tours, and much more. And the best part is admission and all activities are free!

This year the VHS Museum Shop is hosting a huge book sale. For one day only, more than 4,000 gently used books will be sold at deeply discounted prices. Donated by our supporters, the selection includes hard and soft cover fiction and nonfiction books related to history.

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