Quirk Hotel is also a great place from which to explore Richmond's intriguing historic legacy. The city and its surrounding countryside are filled with Colonial and Civil War era historical sites including a number of fascinating museums, preserved battlefields and unique monuments. It's hard to know where to begin, but here are our some of our favorites.
The site of the Tredegar Iron Works, the Confederacy's leading producer of artillery, ammunition and war-related materials, is located on downtown Richmond's riverfront near Brown's Island and Belle Isle. The 8.9 acre site is the home of two fascinating museums, the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center and the American Civil War Museum. The grounds contains machinery and related exhibits that address more than 100 years of iron making at Tredegar. Within walking distance are sections of the rebuilt James River and Kanawha Canal, Brown's Island where women and children produced ammunition, and Belle Isle, site of a prisoner-of-war camp for thousands of Union troops.
The White House of the Confederacy
The White House of the Confederacy was the Civil War residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Guided tours of this restored mansion are given throughout the day. The adjoining Museum has three floors of galleries containing some of the most important Civil War artifacts that tell stories from the battlefield and the home-front.
Chimborazo Medical Museum
Chimborazo Medical Museum sits on the site of the Civil War’s famous Chimborazo Hospital, where between 1861 and 1865, more than 75,000 Confederate soldiers received treatment. Although the hospital no longer exists, a museum on the same grounds contains original medical instruments and personal artifacts. Other displays included a scale model of the hospital and a short film on medical and surgical practices and the caregivers that comforted the sick and wounded.
Cold Harbor Battlefield
Cold Harbor is the best known battlefield in the park. A one-mile drive parallels and crosses significant stretches of both the Confederate and Union entrenchments, all of which are original to 1864. A series of walking trails, ranging from one mile to nearly three miles, takes visitors through the site in greater detail. Numerous signs enhance the visit.