James River & Canals Tour

Explore early Richmond history through the James River and Richmond's ambitious historic canal system.

This walking tour focuses on the James River and the development of Richmond’s canals in the early 19th century, demonstrating their importance to the early history of Virginia, territorial expansion, industries, and the growth of the city.

Program Objectives: Students will examine Richmond history, industry and geography while observing how the canal system supported Richmond’s industrial goals.

Add an optional museum gallery tour to explore further curriculum connections!

Available as:

  • Walking Tour



Program Fees & Details:

  • 90 minute walking or bus tour | $75 flat rate
  • Programs are always free for RPS and Title 1 schools. Funding available based on need for other programs upon request.
  • Questions? Call 804-649-0711 ext. 317 or email education@thevalentine.org.

Grade Level

Elementary, High, Middle


2.8, VS.1a-g, VS.5d, VS.8c, VS.9a, VS.10b-c

Time Period

1600-1775: Colonial, 1775-1784: Revolutionary, 1785-1850: Building America, 1850-1865: Civil War Period, 1866-1870: Reconstruction, 1871-1899: Post Reconstruction, 1900-1950: Early 20th Century

Program Type

City Walking Tour