This will be the first time this popular hike has been scheduled on a weekend and also the first time a hike has been scheduled to begin in the afternoon.
This 7.5 mile hike begins at Stuart Circle where Monument Avenue meets Franklin Street. Parking can be arranged on the top level of the One Monument Avenue apartments parking structure behind 1st English Lutheran Church off Lombardy Street located at the southwestern side of Stuart Circle.
In Jackson Ward
we will see the Black History Museum,
historical Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church founded by nationally celebrated Rev. John Jasper in 1867
and the Maggie Walker House. Maggie Walker was nationally acclaimed as a champion for oppressed blacks and women.
We'll then walk to Hebrew Cemetery (1816) where among other things we'll see the graves of 30 Jewish Confederate soldiers and the 1866 elaborate ornamental iron fence surrounding the plot.
Adjacent is the Shockoe Hill Cemetery (1822)
burial place of Chief Justice John Marshall (1835)
Revolutionary War Hero Peter Francisco
and Elizabeth Van Lew (1900) abolitionist and Union spy.
From there we'll walk to old City Hall
and then on to Shockoe Bottom and have a meal at Bottom's Up Pizza on 17th Street.
The return route will take us through Monroe Park and the campus of VCU.