Every city block in Richmond has a story to tell, and not all are particularly wholesome. Drunken debauchery. Prostitution. Daylight shoot-outs. Riots. Murders. While none of these things were entirely foreign to Richmond prior to the Civil War, wartime conditions amplified the problems of crime and vice. Over the course of the war, the city's population nearly tripled and the flood of incoming refugees, soldiers, con artists, spies, and other assorted characters rapidly transformed the small city into a bustling metropolis, sowing seeds of tension and suspicion amongst native Richmonders and their increasingly diversifying community.
Explore how Richmond adapted to the immense growing pains of becoming a major urban hub, how the Civil War dramatically changed the social culture of the Confederate capital, and how residents—wealthy and poor, male and female, black and white—sought to adapt to and survive within a dynamic war-time city.
Join three of Richmond National Battlefield Park's rangers throughout the day for three separate tours exploring the Civil War's darker impacts on the city of Richmond. While each tour will follow a different route through the city, all of them will lead visitors through some of the most historically sordid neighborhoods of the capital city, stopping at former sites of ill-repute, violence, and theft.
Tours will run approximately two hours and may cover up to two miles of walking. Please bring water, sunscreen, and good walking shoes.
Due to the mature nature of the tour content, this program may not be suitable for young children.