Above: One of the ponds at the Maymont mansion in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, is the place where the most famous words of the Revolutionary War — Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” — were spoken. It was the capital of the Confederacy and has been a locus of civil rights protests. Here, you’ll find historic homes and gardens; museums and markers dedicated to the evolution and near-dissolution of the nation; and tree-lined streets of Federalist and Victorian homes.

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