The Old South
12 S 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA
Posted 36 months ago
Develop the entire Shockhoe Bottom and Valley into a historical/entertainment attraction along the lines of Williamsburg. Virginia and Richmond in particular can lay claim to the most important center of the Civil War, and should capitalize on this distinction. The Shockhoe sector is the perfect location to do this because of it's proximity to downtown Richmond and perfect access to Interstate 95. Millions of people travel past Richmond on their way North to visit Washington D.C. as a historical attraction and South to the North Carolina beaches. People who come to Virginia to visit Williamsburg and Jamestown would make the convenient trip to visit this major historical attraction. This project would turn the entire Shockhoe area into a living history and educational center focusing on the periods surrounding the Civil War. The nature of this attraction would be a mix of educational and entertainment activities. Central to the project would be the foundation of a major historical research and resource facility housing libraries, a study/research institute, museums and lecture halls. The history and experience of African Americans in the South from before the Civil War and up to the present day would be a major area of study. This pivotal period in American history would be examined from all angles including social, economic, political, military, cultural. To broaden the appeal of this attraction there would be a portion of the area devoted to historical themed entertainment including music, theater, and dining. Specific areas would be designed as entertainment for children including rides, not unlike Disneyworld keyed to education. Areas would also be set off for actual battle reenactments as well as a large living history area allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves into the era. Spill over tours would take visitors in Richmond to visit key historical sites and museums. This project would make Richmond a destination for tourists with enough interest and variety that they would be able to spend several days, staying in hotels, using restaurants and other local attractions as well as shopping.