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2013 Valentine walking tours include The Fan, Monument Avenue, Museum District


The 2013 Valentine Richmond History Center schedule of walking tours was recently announced, and includes many in the area:

April 7
Carytown and the Byrd Theatre, Revisited Walking Tour (2-4pm
From the buffalo trail to streetcar suburb, Carytown’s fascinating story is the focus of this tour as you explore this “mile of style”. Includes Cary Court Shopping Center, restored to its 1930’s art deco splendor, and a “behind the scenes” tour of the Byrd Theatre (1928), one of the few active movie palaces in the country. Meet at Premiere Costumes, 3339 W. Cary Street.

April 14
Hollywood Cemetery Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm) [REPEATS]
An extension of the daily “Highlights” tour, this version covers in more detail the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

April 21
Monument Avenue Walking Tour (2-4pm)
The first street in the U.S. to be designated as a National Landmark by the National Park Service, Monument Avenue is one of America’s most beautiful boulevards. Learn about the diverse architectural styles of its grand homes, its famous residents and renowned architects. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.

April 27
History Hounds Explore Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour (10am-12pm)
Dogs are invited to join their owners for this walking tour of Hollywood Cemetery, in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet outside the cemetery gates at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

May 25
Hollywood Cemetery: The Women of Hollywood Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm)
Explore the significant role that women’s groups played in Hollywood Cemetery’s history from the Civil War to the present. Stops include gravesites of female residents who led independent lives as educators, authors, preservationists, suffragists, humanitarians or as the power behind the scenes of famous men. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

June 2
Byrd Park & The Carillon Neighborhood Walking Tour (2-4pm)
Dogwood Dell, The Carillon, Arts in the Park, Shields Lake and the Pump House are all familiar aspects of historic Byrd Park. Join us for a walking tour of the park and the adjacent Carillon neighborhood. Meet at the Christopher Columbus statue at the southern end of the Boulevard.

June 8
Hollywood Cemetery: The Civil War Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm) [REPEATS]
From the Pyramid to the gravesite of Jefferson Davis, high above the James River, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of Confederates. Come visit the graves of such notables as J.E.B. Stuart, George Pickett, Fitzhugh Lee, Jefferson Davis and many others whose stories continue to capture our imagination 150 years after the Civil War began. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

June 20
Monument Avenue Walking Tour (6-7:30pm)
The first street in the U.S. to be designated as a National Landmark by the National Park Service, Monument Avenue is one of America’s most beautiful boulevards. Learn about the diverse architectural styles of its grand homes, its famous residents and renowned architects. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.

Aug. 17
Hollywood Cemetery: Symbolism and Monument Styles Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm) [REPEATS]
If cemeteries could talk, what could they tell you about those buried there? Learn to interpret the spiritual, occupational, vegetal and fraternal signs and symbols found on Hollywood’s headstones and ironworks. Discover the historical origins of the many monument styles including cradle stones, pyramids, pier stones, mausoleums and reliquaries. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Sept. 15
The Museum District Walking Tour (2-4pm)
The founding of the Confederate soldiers home initiated the residential development of the area known today as the Museum District. Home to the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, schools, businesses, churches and residences, this area played an important role in the westward expansion of the city. Meet at the northeast corner of Grove Avenue and Sheppard Street.

Sept. 21
History Hounds Explore The Fan Walking Tour (10am-12pm)
Dogs are invited to join their owners for this walking tour of The Fan, in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at 700 W. Franklin Street.

Sept. 22
Scott’s Addition Walking Tour (2-4pm)
Named for General Winfield Scott, this early 20th century commercial and industrial area contains what is perhaps Richmond’s best selection of Art Deco and Moderne commercial architecture. The area was once the home of the Richmond City Stables and the Mooers Field baseball stadium. The area today is renewing itself as a business, residential and entertainment district. Meet at the Southwest corner of Boulevard and Norfolk Street, across Boulevard from Movieland.

Sept. 28
Hollywood Cemetery: A Rural Garden on a Grand Scale Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm)
Discover the park like setting and the natural tranquility of this rural-style cemetery and see why some call it “A garden of people, their loves, their faith, their dreams”. This tour will explore the cemetery from a historical and horticultural perspective with an emphasis on the beauty of Nature and the impact the Romantic Movement had on 19th century culture. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Sept. 29
Carytown and the Byrd Theatre, Revisited Walking Tour (2-4pm)
From the buffalo trail to streetcar suburb, Carytown’s fascinating story is the focus of this tour as you explore this “mile of style”. Includes Cary Court Shopping Center, restored to its 1930’s art deco splendor, and a “behind the scenes” tour of the Byrd Theatre (1928), one of the few active movie palaces in the country. Meet at Premiere Costumes, 3339 W. Cary Street.

Oct. 6
The Alleys and Parks of the Fan Walking Tour (2-4pm)
The branching avenues that give the Fan its characteristic fan shape form several triangular green spaces, including Harrison Street Park, Lombardy Park and Monroe Park. Stroll through these, as well as some of the landscaped alleys and hidden gardens of the Fan. Meet at Meadow Park, at the intersection of Meadow, Park and Stuart avenues.

Oct. 19
History Hounds Explore Monument Avenue Walking Tour (10am-12pm)
Dogs are invited to join their owners for this walking tour of Monument Ave., in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.

Oct. 20
Oregon Hill Walking Tour (2-4pm)
Settled by Irish and Welsh ironworkers in the 1840’s, Oregon Hill is one of the oldest intact neighborhoods in Richmond and continues to thrive as a tight-knit, working class neighborhood. Includes a visit to St. Andrew’s Church and School. Meet at Laurel and Idlewood streets.

Oct. 27
Carver Walking Tour (2-4pm)
First settled by Jewish and German tradespeople, Carver became a vibrant African American neighborhood in the early 1900′s and today is a mix of students, singles, young families and elderly residents. The walk passes schools, churches, businesses and examples of Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne style architecture. Meet near the flagpole at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, 1000 N. Lombardy Street (at W. Leigh).

Dec. 26 & 27
Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Evening Walking Tours (6-7:30pm)
Our most popular walking tour! Enjoy the lights and glitter of Monument Avenue while it’s decked out for the holidays. This early evening stroll combines history with a touch of glitz! Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight. Reservations required: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.

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