VCU Road Scholar in Richmond 

Richmond site coordinator: Catherine Dodson

VCU Road Scholar participants stay at the Omni Richmond Hotel. This charming luxury hotel is nestled in the historic and lively Shockoe Slip district. It features "refined southern hospitality," spacious rooms with spectacular river views, complimentary access to the James Center YMCA, in-room fitness kits, a heated indoor pool, an outdoor sun deck, same-day dry cleaning, a full-service restaurant and valet parking. 


  • Signature City Richmond: Great Gardens, Mansions & Museums
    • Program #21403
    • Description: "Graced with exquisite gardens, opulent manors and museums showcasing everything from Civil War artifacts to contemporary art, Virginia’s capital city is a true national treasure. Discover the best of Richmond as you survey architecture from the Colonial, Victorian and Gilded Age periods, experience world-class galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and visit the highly regarded Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Depending on the date, delve into Civil War history and explore the thriving Jackson Ward neighborhood, or immerse yourself in immaculate gardens at historic mansions — the choice is yours!"


  • Researching Your Heritage: Genealogy and the Library of Virginia
    • Program #7058
    • Description: "During much of U.S. westward migration, Virginia was the largest state, and many Americans have Virginian forebears. The extraordinary Library of Virginia, adjacent to the beautifully restored capitol in Richmond, has the state's most complete genealogical resources. Led by an expert genealogist, get background information to master research techniques, then enjoy privileged access to the Library’s records for individual work tracing your ancestors. Advanced students will receive professional assistance. This program is of great value for both novice and experienced family historians."


  • The James River Plantations and Their Culture
    • Program #4317
    • Description: "In the period when Virginia was first settled, roads were few. The efficient means of travel was by water, on the rivers that reached inland from Chesapeake Bay. Colonial Virginia society centered on the settlements and great estates on the river shores. Join us to examine the cultural legacies of early Virginia: the elegant style of the houses, the family heirs who were leaders in the Revolution and the stratified social order that copied the English class system and instituted slavery."


  • The Civil War in Virginia: Campaigns Along the Appomattox & James Rivers
    • Program #21375
    • Description: "In 1861 the U.S. ruptured into North and South and fought the bloodiest war in American history. Neither quick nor glorious, the war was four long years of attrition and sacrifice. Over half the fighting was done in Virginia, and much of it took place along the James River. Ironclad warships dueled at Hampton Roads, and Union troops sieged the Confederate strongholds of Petersburg and Richmond. With authors and historians, stand where the leaders made their calls, see what they saw and weigh the consequences."


  • A Very Richmond Christmas: Four Centuries in the Capitol District
    • Program #15462
    • Description: "Celebrate history, traditions and the season’s magic in Richmond’s Capitol District. You’ll delight in holiday splendor at a Gilded Age estate, a fabulous 1895 hotel, St. John’s Church and Lewis Ginter Botanical GardenFest with a festive dinner and expert-led evening walk through its fantasyland of flowers, trees, lights, conservatory displays and woodland sculptures."



Register by calling Road Scholar Participants Services at 800-454-5768, or register online.