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.