Spring Fever!

There’s nothing better than a spring day in Richmond!

The Valentine Garden and a boxed lunch from Sally Bell’s Kitchen.

Amidst the clamor of the renovation, the Valentine Garden located in the courtyard of the 1812 John Wickham House remains a refuge for visitors to our neighborhood and for the patients and medical staff at VCU Medical Center.

We often talk about our historic buildings and significant collections, but I think we forget that one of the Valentine’s most important assets is this amazing green space in the heart of Court End.

When we think about what are the key elements of the Richmond experience, it is not only about our history and architecture, but it is also the remarkable landscapes of our gardens, parks, and cemeteries.  They are as important to maintain and preserve as our great buildings.

I cannot think of a more quintessential Richmond experience than our garden…a Sally Bell’s chocolate cupcake, the smell of boxwoods, the shade of a giant magnolia, the view of the Wickham House portico and even the sound of an ambulance siren.

The Valentine Garden is one of Richmond’s most important urban spaces.

Our challenge is to create unique experiences throughout our new facilities that help us pause and reflect on the power of this place that we call home.

There’s nothing better than a spring day in Richmond!

Are you curious about our progress? Join us for one of our Hard Hat Happy Hours that occur every Wednesday from 4:30-6:00pm. You can contact me for more information or RSVP online and let me know you’ll be coming by.

If you would like to help keep us calm and hammering on, you can support the History Center on our secure donation page at  /give.

Bill Martin, Director