Richmond’s Civil War history is everywhere, but its role in the Revolution was important, too. Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty” speech at simple clapboard St. John’s. Don’t miss the graveyard, where luminaries including Edgar Allan Poe’s actress mother are buried. The surrounding Church Hill neighborhood is full of well-preserved 19th-century homes. At Chimborazo Park, an elevated view of the James River shows the curve—recalling one on the Thames at Richmond, England—that gave the city its name.