Stride through Time in Richmond’s Fan District

Historic Richmond Foundation, Sportsbackers, and Anthem have joined together to showcase the treasure trove of historic sites in the Fan District and its neighboring communities with a 10K  walk on Saturday May 21, 2011. The trail begins at the Virginia Historical Society, visits the Science Museum of Virginia, introduces you to one of the Fan’s most popular neighborhood pocket parks – Scuffletown. Continue on to Meadow Park, home to the Fan’s neighborhood summer concerts, check out the JEB Stuart statue at Stuart Circle, visit Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery, Sacred Heart Cathedral overlooking Monroe Park, Grace and Holy Trinity Church across the street, and Richmond’s own Landmark Theater.  Stroll along Laurel Street into the Oregon Hill neighborhood to famed Hollywood Cemetery.

While you’re at Hollywood, check out the signed tombstones and see if you can spot any made by Rogers and Miller Marbleworks!

Stroll back to the Fan District, along West Main Street.  When you reach N Morris Street, glance north (to your right).  See that grey house on the corner of Floyd and Morris? That home was built by William Miller, one of the proprietors of Rogers and Miller Marbleworks, in 1869! Since 2000, it has been an urban bed and breakfast known as the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast noted for hearty gourmet breakfasts. It’s an interesting historic tidbit that will probably not be included on your 10K directions.

From Main, slip up Vine Street, to Paradise Park – another of the Fan District’s alley parks. Through the park and its murals painted by neighborhood children as part of an ART180 project, along Grove Avenue to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, visiting the Confederate War Memorial Chapel and Benedictine High School. You’ll finish where you started at the Virginia Historical Society.

It’s fitness and history all rolled into one opportunity to see the Fan District up close and personal. Here’s detailed INFO. Don’t let this opportunity pass – register today so you can have your pick of start times!  There’s lots of surprise in store: antique cars, costumed interpreters, and even live music! Don’t miss it!

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