48 Hours in historic Richmond, Virginia

Fri Aug 6, 2010 6:10am EDT
 
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By Verna Gates

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters Life!) - The history of the United States and the Civil War that nearly severed it are on display in Richmond's historic district.

Robert E. Lee accepted the leadership of the Confederate Army of Virginia in the grand state house of Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, while the American Civil War Center sits on the canal planned by George Washington, the country's first leader.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors to get the most out of a 48-hour visit to the city which will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War in 2011.

FRIDAY

5 p.m. - After arriving book into the Omni Hotel, a comfortable modern inn, or the historic Jefferson Hotel, a wedding cake of Rococo flourishes. Both offer a free car and driver to deliver and retrieve you from any destination in the historic district.

6:30 p.m. - Stroll and shop in Carytown, a lively restored midtown area with boutiques, shops, restaurants, bars and street musicians.

7:30 p.m. - Stop at the Water Grill for dinner and try the arugula salad and locally caught rockfish. www.thewatergrill.com.

9 p.m. - Walk to the Byrd Theater, an opulent movie palace from the 1920s that is opened 365 days a year. It was the first American theater with a sound system. To check what is being featured go to www.byrdtheatre.com.   Continued...