Today’s Game Plan
Danny is off work and he has volunteered to chauffeur us around today. We are grateful that Danny and Margaret were willing to take the time to show us around. They are obviously very knowledgeable about their town of Richmond, Va., they know the places to see and the places to go. We owe them a big thank you for showing us around. Thank You
We started out with lunch at Sally Bell’s Kitchen, an interesting place, they sell box lunches, and they include a cheese cracker with a pecan in it and a cup cake. It was a good lunch for an establishment that has been around for sometime.
Danny took us to the Richmond Slave Trail,
which is across the James River from where Margaret took s yesterday. It’s a little hard to imagine what took place here.
From the park’s website:
The recreated 1611 Citie of Henricus, an outdoor living history museum with 12 recreated colonial structures, demonstrates history through “hands-on” encounters with period dressed historical interpreters. Visitors interact with interpreters during which time visitors may be asked to assist with cooking, blacksmithing, planting or harvesting. Visitors may even be asked to join the Militia!
There is a bit of walking involved, we only visited the fort, not the Indian village.
From their website:
Pocahontas Island — 70 acres in the middle of the Appomattox River next to downtown Petersburg — is home to one of the oldest African-American communities in the United States. Pocahontas became a town in 1752, a center of tobacco trade and, later, shipping and railroads. White people lived here, too, but the community always had African-Americans at its heart.
From their website:
First Recorded Settlement
The first recorded settlement in Colonial Heights was by Thomas Shore. In 1775, he purchased 144 acres of land along the northern bank of the Appomattox River, across from Petersburg. He built his mansion and called it Violet Bank. While the original main building was burned, this remaining structure, built in 1815, is registered as a Historic Landmark. Today, Violet Bank is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a registered Virginia Historic Landmark.
General Lee’s Headquarters During the Siege of Petersburg
In 1864, during the Civil War, Violet Bank became the headquarters for Confederate General Robert E. Lee from June to September of 1864 during the siege of Petersburg. On July 30, 1864 General Lee was at his headquarters at Violet Bank Farm on the north shore of the Appomattox River overlooking Petersburg. There, he received word that Union troops had detonated over 8,000 pounds of gunpowder beneath Confederate defensive lines in what became known as the Battle of the Crater.
Violet Bank Cucumber Tree
Demi’s is a neighborhood restaurant and it looks like a great place to take the wife out for a date night.
Their website is a little funky, I had trouble finding out about the place, and I could only get the food menu and the drink menu to come up, sometimes, not always.
Their website might need a little work but the food we had was good, they call it a Mediterranean Kitchen.
Here is a picture of our host at Demi’s, for dinner. Danny and Margaret treated us very well and we got to see more of Richmond then we would have on our own. Thank you.