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Dec.5, 5pm - Monument Ave, Museum District, Scott's Addition

We will meet in the Science Museum parking lot and hike approximately 4 miles. Hike route changes weekly and we should pass nearby murals. My phone is:[masked]

This will be an easy (terrain and pace)  2-hour evening hike. You can bring a flashlight or use your phone for light.

Nestled between The Fan and Richmond's West End:
The Museum District

Every day can be extraordinary in the Museum District. Just step outside and you are amid friendly neighbors, fine arts and culture, fabulous restaurants and unique shopping. In addition to the amenities along your own sidewalks, you are within walking distance to banks, Steward Station Post Office, Belmont Library, a variety of grocery stores and Carytown. Our community is steeped in history and culture through its many museums. Students attend some of Richmond City’s best public schools, and we are home to two of Richmond’s long-standing and esteemed parochial schools; St. Benedict and St. Gertrude.

The Museum District Association is particularly active, hosting an array of civic events throughout the year such as town hall meetings, clean-up days, block parties and The Mother's Day Home & Garden Tour. Like the many styles of homes in the Museum District, there is a plethora of diversity among its residents as well. With its walkability, diversity, community spirit and great homes, it stands to reason why the Museum District is an amazing place to live. 

Monument Avenue

Monument Avenue, in Richmond, Virginia, is a premier example of the Grand American Avenue city planning style. A tree-lined grassy mall divides the east- and westbound sides of the street and is punctuated by statues memorializing Virginian Confederate participants of the Civil War Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Matthew Fontaine Maury, as well as Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native and international tennis star. The first monument, a statue of Robert E. Lee, was erected in 1890. Between 1900 and 1925, Monument Avenue exploded with architecturally significant houses, churches and apartment buildings.

Monument Avenue is the site of several annual events, particularly in the spring, including an annual Monument Avenue 10K race.[4] At various times (such as Robert E. Lee's birthday and Confederate History Month) the Sons of Confederate Veterans gather along Monument Avenue in period military costumes. Monument Avenue is also the site of "Easter on Parade," [5] another spring tradition during which many Richmonders stroll the avenue wearing Easter bonnets and other finery.

"Monument Avenue Historic District" includes the part of Monument Avenue from Birch Street in the east to Roseneath Avenue in the west, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark District. In 2007, the American Planning Association named Monument Avenue one of the 10 Great Streets in the country.[6] The APA said Monument Avenue was selected for its historic architecture, urban form, quality residential and religious architecture, diversity of land uses, public art and integration of multiple modes of transportation.[7]

Scott's Addition- The housing and Craft beer explosion in Virginia

“To this day people ask me about my favorite craft beer and I say Legend Brown,” Isley said. “Their beer has never been more phenomenal.”

Charlottesville-based Three Notch’d Brewing Co. will open in April or May, 2930 W. Broad St., the same building where local co-working brand Gather will open its second spot. PHOTO CREDIT: Three Notch’d Brewing

Legend mostly owned the market since opening in 1994. Since then their pub has expanded, as has their reputation and reach.

Senate Bill 604, passed in 2012, shook up things, and allowed breweries to serve beer without selling food. It is considered to be the reason why there has been a state-wide industry boom.

“It has been a financial motivation for all of us to open,” Isley said.

It was a year after SB 604 passed that David Hunter started the Fans of Virginia Craft Breweries on Facebook. He was hooked on Virginia craft beer after trying Midnight Brewery’s Rockville Red. He invited 50 of his friends to join his Facebook group in March  2013 and now the page has almost 8,000 members statewide.

“There were four breweries in Richmond at the time [SB 604 passed] now we’re in the teens, with many more on the way,” Hunter said.

He believes there is of plenty room for more breweries.

“As I visit the breweries there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of fans enjoying the beer in the tasting rooms,” he said. “Breweries are expanding, buying more equipment, bottling lines, building new or moving to larger facilities.”

Currently, within Richmond’s 60 square miles, there is almost one brewery per 10,000 people. That’s based on 2010 Census data that excludes people under the age of 20. It’s one brewery per 10, 413 persons. Within a two mile radius there are 11 breweries

“It’s no secret that Scott’s Addition real estate is hot right now,” said Nathan Hughes, who as principal broker of Sperity Real Estate Ventures, has closed several business deals in the area.

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  • Lynn D.

    Fabulous time! 3 others said their site showed 5.5 miles. Good for all us!!! Beautiful decorations. Can't wait for your next hike Saa'dia.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • beth

    Tonight was great, Sa'adia! The weather cooperated, and you led us at perfect paces to beautiful places ( oooo--look at all the wreaths, and window displays, and lights! :D )

    2 · 5 days ago

    • Saa'dia W.

      I'm glad you loved them too!! Can't wait to see more as we get closer to Christmas :-)

      1 · 3 days ago

  • Elyse

    Thanks for a fun walk!

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Dennis M.

    Good Walk

    1 · 4 days ago

  • bronwen

    My meeter said we walked 5.3 miles. Great walk Saa'dia. See you net week if not before😂😄

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Martha

    Great walk and great group! Looking forward to next time!

    2 · 5 days ago

  • Saa'dia W.

    I had fun tonight! Can't wait to see y'all next week.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Saa'dia W.

    Don't forget your flashlight and a coat!

    2 · 5 days ago

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