Living in Church Hill
In the heart of Richmond, Virginia, is Church Hill, a historic district encompassing some of the city’s oldest but trendiest neighborhoods, including Chimborazo, Fairmount, Union Hill and Woodville. It is said that Richmond was founded in 1737 after William Byrd II stood on a site in Church Hill, looked down the James River, and remarked that it reminded him of Richmond Upon Thames, near London. Because of its rich history, several sections of Church Hill are designated state and national historic districts. Today, it is a vibrant, fast-growing part of the city, appealing to preservationists and those who embrace urban living with plenty of green space and panoramic views.
Things to Do in Church Hill
As home to a number of historic sites, a tour of this area could include a visit to St. John’s Church, dating back to 1741 and the site of Patrick Henry’s famous “liberty or death” challenge to the British crown. The church graveyard is where many notable figures in U.S. history are buried. Just behind the churchyard is Elmira Shelton House, where Edgar Allan Poe called on his sweetheart just before he left Richmond for the last time. Up the street is the birthplace of Maggie Walker, a groundbreaking African-American banker and business woman. Many other historic sites dot the district. For sustenance, check out any of the neighborhoods’ popular pubs, international fare and acclaimed local eateries. Millie’s Diner is a neighborhood landmark.
Housing in Church Hill
Church Hill offers an array of architectural styles, with many examples of residential construction that were popular between 1800 and about 1930. The scale ranges from small, historic homes to mansions. In many cases, homes’ architecture has been preserved, even as structures have been adapted to modern living. In addition to single-family homes, duplexes and apartment buildings, a variety of 19th and 20th century buildings, including schools and a church, have been repurposed as condominiums or apartments. New housing built in the past five years has also been constructed, as interest in living in this vibrant area has increased among residents.
Transportation and Travel in Church Hill
The Hill is crisscrossed by city bus lines and will be served by the Pulse bus system. Interstate 95 forms part of the area’s western border, and Interstate 64 is just to the north. There’s an Amtrak station close by, and Richmond’s airport is 15 minutes to the east by car. Many residents choose the area because of its walkability, and parking is also ample.