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About Richmond

100416_097_aj_ar Established as the commonwealth’s capital in 1779, Richmond boasts a rich history, which can still be seen today in the architecture, the statues on Monument Avenue and even in the cobblestone streets found around the city.

Though we love our heritage, we are always looking toward what’s next — and VCU is a large part of promoting positive and progressive change in the city. A strong cultural community enhances the distinct diversity that flows throughout the city, where creativity is embraced as a propelling force.

When it’s time to rejuvenate, the city offers more than 550 acres of parks bordering the historic James River, just steps from VCU’s campus. Intimate neighborhoods, cozy restaurants and cafes, and quaint local markets provide the familiarity of a small town, while theaters, galleries, music festivals, sports attractions and a steady stream of annual events bring the region to life.

Richmond’s ideal location allows for day or weekend trips to the beach, the mountains or larger cities like the nation’s capital. Travel + Leisure magazine even recently named the Richmond region as one of five top wine regions to visit. Learn more about Richmond and our neighborhoods and surrounding counties.