Richmond is located in the state of Virginia in the southeast part of the United States. The area was first settled in 1609 and the Richmond of today was founded in 1737. Virginia has had three state capitals. Jamestown was first named the capital in 1607 followed by Williamsburg in 1699. Richmond became the current and final state capital in 1780. Richmond was named after a city in England. The French meaning of Richmond is “a rich hill” while the German meaning is “powerful protector”. Old Dominion is a nickname given to the city of Richmond. Eight presidents have the distinction of being born in Virginia; Woodrow Wilson, William Harrison, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Tyler and Zachary Taylor. Famous people that herald from Richmond are Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine, Arthur Ashe, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson. The Blue Ridge Mountains are located in Virginia. Dulles International Airport is one of the busiest in the world. Virginia has been dubbed the internet capital of the world. The famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech made by Patrick Henry was given in Richmond in St. John’s Church in 1775. The annual Nascar Cup is held at Richmond International Raceway. The annual high temperature is 70°F and low is 48°F with the average being 59°F. There are eight Fortune 500 companies homebased in Richmond; they are Genworth Financial, CarMax, Owens & Minor, Altria Group, Dominion Resources, WestRock, Markel and Performance Food Group. The Richmond/Petersburg Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of the counties of Hanover, Goochland, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Charles City, Dinwiddie, Prince George and the cities of Richmond, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Petersburg boasting of a population of just over 1,275,000.
Richmond Center Stage, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont, Children’s Museum of Richmond, Science Museum of Virginia, American Civil War Museum, Richmond International Raceway, Downtown Richmond Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Virginia State Capitol, The Diamond, First Freedom Center, Fort Harrison.
College & University
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, VCU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Union University, University of Richmond, VCU School of Dentistry.
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