Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a diverse cultural city, surrounded
by historic neighborhoods, parks and the thriving James River.
Neighborhoods near VCU, such as the Fan District, Carver, Jackson
Ward and Oregon Hill, offer historic settings, monuments and a unique
history that dates back to the 1800s. Also located in Richmond are
numerous vintage and antique shops, eateries and cafés that
stretch from the Fan area to Church Hill.
The city provides educational and tourism activities, including
exhibits and shows at local museums and art galleries. The Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts, the Science Museum of Virginia, the Children’s
Museum and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum are all within five miles
Richmond is home to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, which
is located in Shockoe Bottom. It is the oldest market in the Richmond
area and all daily and weekly events are community-based and non-profit.
Other events include The State Fair of Virginia, NASCAR races at
Richmond International Raceway and the International Food Festival.
Richmond’s location is convenient to cities of interest for
day or weekend trips. Colonial Williamsburg is less than an hour
east of Richmond, and Virginia Beach is two hours east. Washington,
D.C. and the Shenandoah Valley also are just a short distance from