Saturday, November 17, 2012

"Lincoln Walk" a Huge Success!

Richmond is again abuzz about Steven Speilberg's new movie "Lincoln," which opened nationwide on November 16. Much of the movie was filmed in Richmond and nearby Petersburg. Recently, National Park Service Ranger Mike Gorman led nearly 300 people in two separate walks around the streets of Richmond retracing President Lincoln's steps from the April afternoon 147 years ago when Lincoln visited Richmond the day after the Confederate capital fell. As Gorman notes, Lincoln's visit was "accidental from start to finish." Lincoln visited Richmond on April 4, 1865, just days before he was assassinated.

There are more than eighty accounts of Lincoln's visit to the city--and many agree here and there--but not one of them agrees with the others. Accounts agree that Lincoln landed on the shores of the James River in a rowboat accompanied by his son Tad. It was Tad's 12th birthday. A statue of the two that commemorates this event is located at Historic Tredegar Ironworks downtown. Though this event is not portrayed in Spielberg's "Lincoln," the movie will generate renewed interest in this profound occurrence in Richmond history.

Maury Place at Monument is the perfect lodging when visiting Richmond's many historic and Civil War attractions.

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