Richmond, Va: An Outline of Its Attractions and Industries (Classic Reprint)by William D. Chesterman
Richmond will have an extraordinary attraction from October 3d to November 21st of this year, 1888, in the Virginia Exposition, which will exhibit to the world the resources of the fields, forests and waters of the State, and the handiwork of her people in almost every department of useful
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Richmond will have an extraordinary attraction from October 3d to November 21st of this year, 1888, in the Virginia Exposition, which will exhibit to the world the resources of the fields, forests and waters of the State, and the handiwork of her people in almost every department of useful human industry, while special prominence will be given to those objects of general interest which illustrate the history of this the oldest of the American Commonwealths.
Richmond is a favorite city with tourists. It has a charming climate and beautiful site. From high hills it looks down on the James river which, flowing from the mountains and Piedmont country, here comes upon many islands and rocky impediments causing it to divide into various streams, and break into falls and cascades, until it approaches the shipping in the harbor where it reunites and meets tidewater, and thence quietly and majestically winds its way through fertile fields and picturesque woodlands to the sea.
It is a city abounding in landmarks of the Colonial, Revolutionary and Confederate struggles; indeed, is richer in historical associations than any other city in this country - being the centre of a district where the shocks of the recent war were felt more frequently and severely than in any other part of the land, and around which are still to be seen many of the breastworks and rifle-pits whence the two armies, at times from 1862 to 1865, dealt to each other their missiles of death.
It is particularly interesting as the capital of the "Old Dominion," and as having been the capital of the Confederate States; and its streets, parks and suburbs are crowded with buildings and localities connected with stirring events of which every school-boy, even, has heard or read.
It is a city, too, keeping well abreast of the activity and progress of the age. It owns its water works and gas works and is developing both to meet the demands of the growing population.
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