Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas in Richmond

From Southern Lady:
Like virtually all of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond is so deeply entwined with our nation’s history that it’s impossible to cleave the two apart. From statue-lined Monument Avenue to the Capitol Building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the past is palpable here, as constant a presence as the winding James River. Yet, under the traditional trappings beats a youthful heart with a bold, savvy spirit backed by a very Southern air of warmth and welcome.

“Richmond is unique—it has distinct neighborhoods with lots of character and culture and charm,” says Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. “There’s a wonderful sense of community.” As an active family with two teenagers and a pair of dogs (plus three more grown children), Dorothy and her husband, Governor Terry McAuliffe, have embraced the chance to explore these enclaves, often hopping on their bicycles to pedal through town. Among their favorites are the picturesque 19th-century Fan District, so named because of the way the streets fan out, and the adjacent Museum District, home to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Historical Society. (Read more.)

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