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“Old Virginia at its best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monument Avenue

Monument Avenue
Monument Avenue from Lombardy Street to North Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23220,23221
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Ranked #9 of 82 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Northern Virginia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Old Virginia at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Monuments to the confederacy. Are the myths true about the horse position and if the rider survived? Have to visit to find out.

Visited August 2011
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Windsor, Canada
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“A look into the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

You have to see it to believe it! Significanly all the generals look southward; and even more significantly you will read that J.E.B. Stuart "died for his country."

Visited October 2011
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“fine architecture, questionable monuments”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Some friends took us on a drive through this lovely section of the city. It is always a joy to see well-maintained architecture. For unavoidable reasons, this was not to be a walking tour, which I would have preferred.

Listening to our guides but only seeing the landscape quickly meant that we did not get to thoroughly examine the landscape and inspect the monuments to Confederate leaders such as Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson to be found on the boulevard.

One wonders why Richmonders keep these in place, given the, at best, complicated history they reference. Similar monuments can be found throughout the city, such as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Church Hill section. Perhaps city and civic leaders should propose creating a special historical park (an expanded Museum of the Confederacy?) for all of these structures, and perhaps other similar ones throughout states which fought for Confederate cause, where they can be interpreted to provide deeper historical lessons about the Civil War and its legacy and even urban planning.

Our friends said Richmond's defenders of these monuments insist they are about “heritage not hate.” Perhaps, but "heritage" left naked without historical context leaves plenty of room to worry that hate persists if one knows how to recognize it. However much one may love one's predecessors and ancestors, one must also know when and why they were wrong; from what we were told, it seems unlikely there is much evidence of that here. The years in which these monuments were created and placed were ones in which Americans all over the country were building such objects. But most of the ones I have seen, old or new, are to the most noble and great leaders, minds, and talents in a city's, our country's or even the world's history. Should Richmonders look more deeply into the city's past for people worthy of monumental celebration?

Visited October 2011
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Must Walk Down Monument Avenue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

To really appreciate this -- both the monumemnts and the great homes -- you need to exit the car and walk. This is truly beautiful and worth the effort, BUT:

1. Parking is difficult to find, and

2. Desperately need a walking tour guide to provide more background on the statues and to highlight some of the key homes (and the stories behind them)

This area is really a gem and the city of Richmond needs to do more to promote it to visitors.

Visited October 2011
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Wooster, Ohio
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“Great monuments and older houses”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011 via mobile

This is free and neat to experience. My only issue is for a street called Monument Ave, you would think there would be a few more monuments, however the ones that were there were amazing. I only wish there was an easier way of viewing them, perhaps additional parking...I definitely held up some traffic while snapping shots! Overall and excellent free attraction!

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