Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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Church Hill, Richmond, Va.

Probably my most favorite neighborhood in Richmond was Church Hill. We spent a lot of time walking around Libby Hill Park and the streets, checking out the historic homes.

This neighborhood is one of the earliest incorporated areas of the city. It’s on a hill that overlooks the James River, downtown and other neighborhoods.
I would love to live in this neighborhood! It’s just so quaint, especially with the Italianate houses, which you know I love. 🙂
Check out this streetscape. So wonderful! I love it.
Check out this sunset.

The statue was erected in 1894 for Confederate soldiers and sailors. It’s at Libby Hill Park, where we saw several kids biking and dogs fetching early in the evening.
We also saw a Segway Tour pass through. The people stopped to check out the view below. The Segway Tours take people to various historic and interesting sites throughout the city. We thought about taking the tour, but opted to explore areas on our own.
Here’s a link to the site for the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods and one to Church Hill’s own news website. These are good sites to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and what’s currently happening in the area.
Below the hill, is Shockoe Bottom. We parked at Libby Hill Park one morning and walked down the hill to eat breakfast/brunch at Poe’s Pub. Chris and I both ordered frittatas, which may sound like a light breakfast, but it wasn’t! Both plates were loaded with eggs, cheese, sauce and veggies. We could have easily shared one between the both of us. 
This pub would be a great place to grab a bite to eat or a drink with some friends. The pub hosts several bands throughout the month, from rock and blues to R&B and country.
If we lived in Church Hill, I could imagine us walking down to the pub often during the week.


Richmond, Virginia’s State Capital

While in Richmond, we walked around a bit at Capital Square. Lots of traditional government buildings and statues surround the square. Here’s some photos, including the governor’s mansion.

The Capital Building.

This is the George Washington Equestrian Monument.

The smaller statues are of Andrew Lewis, Patrick Henry, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Nelson and John Marshall.
There are also statues representing colonial times, revolution, Bill of Rights, independence, finance and justice.

Not really sure what this building is, but it’s beautiful. One of my favorites we saw in the city.

The governor’s mansion.


Richmond, Va.

Last week, the family and I headed to Richmond, Va., for a weekend trip. That includes Sidney! We found a nice hotel that would take our pup. (Thanks, Residence Inn!)

It was a very nice trip and I didn’t think about work or any stressful issues the whole weekend. We ate fabulous food, saw beautiful things and enjoyed time as a family.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll share some of the things we saw and did while on our way to and in our state capital.

First up, I want to show you some architecture we snapped photos of. There were lots of beautiful buildings and homes in the area. I won’t show all of them here. There will be more in future posts specific to neighborhoods and areas we checked out.

So, here we go:

Main Street Station and the Farmers Market

Main Street Station is still in use today. It started rail service again in 2003 after it was shut down in 1975, according to the city’s website. It’s a beaux arts building that sits very close to I-95. After walking Sidney around downtown, we went in to check out the interior. Beautiful!

It would be cool to take a train from this station to Washington, D.C., or other areas up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

See Main Street Station next to the bridge on the left? The farmers market is on the corner here.
There weren’t very many people at the Farmers Market, but it’s got a nice set up near the Main Street Station.

Tobacco Row

Tobacco Row is an area of former tobacco warehouses and buildings that are above Dock Street and the canal. Most of the buildings now appear to be lofts, apartments and restaurants.

The old Lucky Strike building and smoke stack.

Cary Street, looking down Tobacco Row. Dock Street and the canal are to the right, down an embankment.

Evidence that a trolley car once operated on this street.

One tobacco building is now home to the Virginia Holocaust Museum. We did not go in. Chris has visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. and he wasn’t interested in going through another. I, however, hope to visit the D.C. museum one day.

This is behind the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Do you see the “Halt” sign on the gate? It also says “Stoj!,” which I believe is Polish for “stop.”
This is a prop located behind the Holocaust Museum.

Probably the coolest buildings are the River Lofts at Tobacco Row — apartments built in the historic tobacco warehouses.

One building’s exterior walls are still up, but the interior has been demolished and turned into a courtyard for residents. It is a very interesting reuse of a historic building.

The smoke stack still stands in the courtyard and has a fountain around it.

Some walls still remain in the building and are visually appealing to the courtyard, I think.

This is the fountain surrounding the smoke stack, which is the darker brick in the upper left of the photo.

Plantings are set around the courtyard to bring nature indoors (or maybe this is now considered outdoors) and there are many tables and chairs for residents and their guests to use.

We were tempted to tour one of the lofts, but, pressed for time, we decided against it.