Richmond's story is not just the tale of one large Civil War battle, nor even one important campaign. Instead, Richmond National Battlefield Park's resources include a naval battle, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy's largest hospital, dozens of miles of elaborate original fortifications, and the evocative spots where determined soldiers stood paces apart and fought with rifles, reaping a staggering human cost.
A driving tour of the battlefields outlined on the park map includes 13 separate sites with four visitor centers along a 80 mile route. A full day is required to experience the entire battlefield park.
The Center offers exhibits and audio-visual programs that introduce the story of Richmond during the Civil War and the battlefields and related sites that surround the city. Park staff will answer questions and provide information to help you make the best use of your time. Also located on the grounds of the historic Tredegar Iron Works is the American Civil War Center, which tells the story of the Civil War from three perspectives: Union, Confederate and African American.
The park also operates the Chimborazo visitor center and museum on Richmond’s east side. This center interprets the Confederate medical story on the site of the South’s largest wartime medical facility. This visitor center, along with those at Tredegar and Cold Harbor, is open year round. Visitor centers at Glendale and Fort Harrison are operated seasonally.
Park battlefields are open sunrise to sunset.
The park is closed on the following days: Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.
Visitor Center Hours:
Tredegar Visitor Center is open daily 9:00am to 5:00pm (exhibits, 22-minute film)
Chimborazo Medical Museum is open daily 9:00am to 4:30pm (surgical and medical displays,17 minute film)
Cold Harbor Visitor Center is open daily 9:00am to 4:30pm (walking trail, electric map programs)
Fort Harrison Visitor Center is open weekends until September 29 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Shelton House at Rural Plains is open Sunday afternoons until November 24 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
There are no entrance fees to Richmond National Battlefield Park sites. However there is a parking fee for the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Free parking is available nearby.
The Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass and Access Pass can be obtained at the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works.
Throughout the year park staff present a variety of talks, tours, living history demonstrations and special events that commemorate the park's rich heritage.
Check the schedule of events for upcoming programs.
Education programs are offered year-round and teachers are encouraged to contact the park's education coordinator at 804-771-2018 to schedule a visit.