Richmond Discoveries

Richmond Alive!

"...With the use of historical interpreters, [Richmond Discoveries] has allowed the students to get a very vivid idea of hardships endured by people in the 1860's versus [the present]... With no reservations, I wholeheartedly recommend a tour with Richmond Discoveries, where, for a minimal fee, students can see and learn things that will last a lifetime!"

Susan, Rogersville, Tennessee

"The Life of the Civil War Soldier Program added good information to my Civil War unit that we could never learn from a textbook. The speaker kept my students fully engaged and the information they were able to retain was amazing."

Suzanne, Spring Arbor, MI

From unique living history characters to a complete Revolutionary War encampment, RICHMOND DISCOVERIES has a number of Richmond Alive! options to add a dose of history, humor, and authenticity to your tour, dinner, convention, or fair.

Living History


Life of the Revolutionary War Soldier

Life of the Revolutionary War SoldierHow did the patriots live who fought for our country’s independence?  With a complete display of military and personal equipment, our Revolutionary War Soldier will cover everything from medicine and diet to music and firearms.

Thomas Jefferson
Marquis de LafayetteThomas Jefferson is one of the best known, yet among the least understood of the Founding Fathers.  Often referred to as “the pen of the Revolution” for authoring the Declaration of Independence, this document reflects Jefferson’s enlightened philosophy on Natural Rights and the relationship between government and citizen, as well as his seeming contradiction pertaining to the question of slavery and his belief that “all men are created equal”.  An accomplished lawyer, farmer, architect, and politician; Jefferson’s amazing and long career in public life included serving in Congress, governor of Virginia, secretary of state, vice president, and president of the United States.  He also penned the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which, guaranteed freedom of religious conscious to all people of all faiths and prefigured the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  A strong believer in an informed populous as essential to maintaining a democratic society, Jefferson supported public education and founded the University of Virginia.  Meet and hear this remarkable man discuss his life and many accomplishments.
James Madison
James MadisonHistorical Interpreter Charles Wissinger portrays James Madison in order to tell Madison's stories from an entertaining and educational point of view.  When our nation was struggling to find their own government, Madison organized the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and helped to establish the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. A few years later Madison married Dolley Payne Todd, the perfect wife for the introverted Madison. Learn how the Articles of Confederation led to the development of the Constitution, how the Bill of Rights saved the Constitution, and how Dolley saved Madison’s presidency.
Patrick Henry Remembers
Patrick Henry RemembersPatrick Henry, the Voice of the Revolution, will visit with your group following dinner to reminisce about his life and career.  Henry grew up just north of Richmond, and will share some of the early memories of his formative years, as well as thoughts on the beginnings of his illustrative career.  Of course, he will also include a discussion of events surrounding the famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech in Richmond at St. John’s Church.
Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de LafayetteBorn into nobility and baptized Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the young Marquis de Lafayette sympathized with the colonies in British America and longed to stand up for the patriotic cause. Lafayette funded his own way to America, vowing to fight for Liberty and agreed to serve without pay. The Marquis de Lafayette served close at General Washington’s side, and soon Washington referred to Lafayette as his adopted son. Meet the boy general without whom America would never won the fight for independence.

Benedict Arnold: American Patriot, American Traitor
Benedict Arnold is one of the most reviled figures in American history and his name has become synonymous with treason. However, before he conspired with Major John Andre to handover the important fortifications at West Point, New York, and turn his back on the Patriot cause to join the British, Arnold was George Washington's ablest battlefield commander. Meet and hear Arnold discuss his early life, military career in the Continental and British armies to include his January 1781 raid on Richmond, and explain his motivations for abandoning the fight for American independence and taking up arms against his young nation. 

All of our programs can be customized for length and audience maturity level.  Visit our Richmond Alive! page for additional information about historic personages from throughout Virginia history. Contact us if you don't see someone listed.


Richmond Discoveries

Tel:  804-222-8595    Fax:  804-222-8596
2730 Tinsley Drive, Suite 205
Bon Air, Virginia 23235

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