On Sunday, December 11, enjoy a unique opportunity to tour nine historic sites in Downtown Richmond during the 25th Annual Court End Christmas. Kick off the Christmas merriment with carolers, live music, historic interpreters, children’s crafts, carriage rides, games, shopping and more. The nine participating sites will waive admission during the event, and a complimentary shuttle will transport guests between properties as well as to and from parking facilities at VCU Hospital’s Visitors’ Parking Deck at Leigh and 12th Streets, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and on-street at St. John’s Church in Church Hill.
The participating historic sites are:
Built in 1812, The Wickham House is an example of 19th century Federal architecture with world-renowned interior decorative painting; the original home of the Valentine Museum.
John Marshall was the 4th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His home, built in 1790, is one of the last remaining original structures in its neighborhood.
Here is the spot where the American Revolution began before the first shots were fired. Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech at St. John’s Church on March 23, 1775.
The building was consecrated in 1845 and is inexorably connected to the Civil War via its famous regular visitors (Robert E. Lee) and parishioners (including Jefferson Davis) and the various roles the building played. The church was used to house wounded soldiers during the war itself. President Davis’ directions to surrender Richmond were issued from St. Paul’s.
Former home of the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, and his family.
This church was constructed in 1814 as a memorial to the 72 people who died during the Richmond Theater Fire of 1811. It is recognized as one of the nation’s best examples of Greek revival architecture in the United States.
Considered the finest example of Egyptian revival architecture in the US, the building was constructed in 1845 as the first home of the Hampden-Sydney College Medical Department.
Built in 1839, The Beers-Newton House is the present home of the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Foundation.
The first elective legislature in the New World, the Virginia General Assembly, met in Jamestown from 1919-1930. The first permanent Capitol was established in Richmond in 1788 and is now the center of the three-part modern Capitol complex.
The Court End event will run from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There is so much to do over the next 5 weeks in Richmond. Check our new website for availability this year, or plan ahead and schedule your 2012 holiday visit today!
Photo of the Virginia Capitol courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonythemisfit/, via a Creative Commons License.