Sunday, July 24, 2011

Taking It to the Streets: Valentine Museum Richmond History Walking Tours

Just this past Sunday, the Valentine Richmond History Center sponsored one of their city walking tours.  This one was a walking tour of our own Monument Avenue, and it was led by intrepid guide, and our friend, Jeanne Allen.  Did you know that Monument Avenue was the first street in the United States to be designated as a National Landmark by the National Park Service?  Or that the impetus for the Monument Avenue vision began in 1874 when a group of women in Lexington wanted a statue in Richmond dedicated to Robert E. Lee?  The Lee Statue was erected in 1890, and the placement of the statue created as much controversy at the time as the placement of the statue of Arthur Ashe, the only non-Confederate leader memorialized on the Avenue, in 1996.

Jeanne's walking tour of Monument Avenue revealed all of these facts and more! Jeanne also leads a tour of the Museum District, in which Maury Place is located, and Maury Place is often a stop on her tour.  The Monument Avenue tour is one of 39 Richmond-area tours presented this year by the Valentine Richmond History Center.  Tours cost $10 per person.  For further information, visit

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument