Richmond is made up of a number of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own sights, sounds and personality.
– Full of historic homes, quaint cafés and restaurants, the Fan district (so named for the fan-shaped road layout extending from N. Belvidere St.) is also the site of Monument Avenue, a stretch of city street lined with statues commemorating Confederate Civil War figures like Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson, as well as tennis great and Richmond native Arthur Ashe.
Shockoe Bottom – Built up primarily over the last two decades, Shockoe Bottom is now a major nightlife and dining destination, thanks in part to the completion of the James River Flood Wall in 1995, designed to curtail periodic flooding and stimulate commercial development.
Carytown – The heart of the Carytown district is Cary St., lined with boutiques, restaurants, cafés and 1920s-era homes. Also located in Carytown is the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
, a spectacular 1400-seat 1920s cinema affectionately referred to as “Richmond’s Movie Palace.”
Jackson Ward – Historically the black cultural and commercial center of Richmond, the neighborhood was once known as the “Harlem of the South” and the “Black Wall Street.” The
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
at the former Jackson Ward home of the first black woman to serve as the president of an American bank is operated by the National Park Service as a museum.