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

RICHMOND DISCOVERIES specializes in unique living history programs.  Our authentically-dressed characters will bring history to life for your groups.  They can be added to any part of your tour route, or provide entertainment for your group as part of a meal package.  Don’t forget about our popular Confederate Richmond Dinner!


Life of the Civil War Soldier - Our Most Popular Program!

Life of the Civil War SoldierWith a full display of Civil War artifacts, our Soldier will educate and entertain your group as they learn about the life of the common soldier.  From a demonstration of the use of flags and drum signals on the battlefield to life in the camps: including food, music, games and personal entertainment, our soldier presents a complete picture of the average enlisted man in the Civil War.  Add to this a healthy dose of humor and you have a program that your group will long remember!

Making Do: Life on the Civil War Homefront

Making Do: Life on the Civil War HomefrontWhat would you do if you could no longer get items that you used to?  During the Civil War, civilians in the South had to be very resourceful coming up with new ways to “make do.”  Meet a civilian woman and find out about family life in general, as well as what substitutes were being used for coffee, candles, shoe polish, and more.

Captain Sally Tompkins

Captain Sally Tompkins"Captain Sally" was the first woman in American history to receive commission as a military officer, and ran the most efficient hospital in Richmond during the Civil War.  This interactive program will discuss Sally’s life, as well as medical practices and experiences in her hospital and others in Richmond during the Civil War.

The Life and Times of Mrs. Eliza Poe

The Life and Times of Mrs. Eliza PoeMeet Elizabeth Arnold Poe, and hear about the triumphs and sorrows of Edgar Allan Poe's birth mother.  A very talented and highly-praised actress, Mrs. Poe passed away in Richmond in 1811 at the age of 24.  She will share her tragically-short life story and perform monologues and songs from her vast repertoire.

Edgar Allan Poe

Born the child of actors in Boston, Edgar came to Richmond, Virginia with his talented mother and lived with the Allans upon her death. Poe showed remarkable talent as a youth for poetry and prose, and went on to be America's first great native-born author. Hear about his eccentric and often-tortured life and enjoy readings of some of his best works.

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.

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.

19th Century Musician

19th Century MusicianThe music of the 1800’s was a mixture of patriotic, lively show tunes, and ballads of home.  It was the first truly American music– a mixture of African and European styles, having been popularized in the 1840’s and 50’s.  Our musician will entertain on a variety of instruments, including the banjo, fiddle, bones, and more in this interactive program.

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.

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.

Benjamin “Frank” Stringfellow
At the start of the Civil War, a thin young man named Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow wanted to enlist in the Confederate army, but was turned down in four different counties.  In this exciting program, hear what he did to join the cavalry and why he posed as a dentist, a merchant, and a woman. Learn why he was called “the most dangerous man in the Confederacy.”

Also available upon request:  Captain John Paul Jones; Elmira Shelton; Samuel Mordecai; Lewis Ginter; and Gabriel Archer.  Contact us if you don’t see someone listed!


Richmond Discoveries

Tel:  804-222-8595    Fax:  804-222-8596
1701 Williamsburg Rd.  Richmond, VA  23231

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