**Reservations for this travel program are closed.**
This members-only bus trip to downtown Richmond focuses on a “rule of law” theme and includes guided tours of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Virginia State Capitol, The Valentine and Wickham House, and John Marshall House.
Supreme Court of Virginia The Supreme Court of Virginia is the highest court in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is one of the oldest continuously active judicial bodies in the United States. The court has its roots in the 17th century English legal system, owing to the state’s original establishment as an English colony. It primarily hears appeals from the trial-level city and county circuit courts, but it also hears family law and administrative cases that have come through the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
Virginia State Capitol The Virginia State Capitol houses the oldest elected legislative body in the mainland Western Hemisphere. It was designed by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Jefferson modeled the capitol after the Maison Carée, an ancient Roman temple in Nîmes, France, and secured the services of Charles-Louis Clérisseau as the capitol’s draftsman. It is the first public building in the New World designed as a monumental classical temple, and its influence is seen in more than two centuries of neoclassical government and commercial buildings across America.
America’s oldest English-speaking representative assembly has been meeting here since 1788. This assembly ratified the U.S. Bill of Rights in December 1791, causing them to go into effect throughout the nation. Lawyer and orator Patrick Henry argued important cases here. In 1807, the “Great Chief Justice” John Marshall presided over the treason trial of Aaron Burr in a Federal circuit court meeting at the capitol. His precedent-setting rulings established an American legal definition of treason, in effect to this day.
The Virginia State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register
The Valentine and Wickham House For more than 100 years, the Valentine has collected, preserved, and interpreted the materials of Richmond’s life and history. Through its collections, exhibitions, and programs it reflects and interprets the broad issues and diverse communities that define the history of Richmond and its surrounding counties. The Valentine offers major changing exhibitions that focus on American urban and social history, costumes, decorative arts, and architecture.
The Wickham House was built in 1812 for John Wickham, a successful attorney who defended Vice President Aaron Burr during his trial for treason. In 1882, it was purchased by Mann S. Valentine II, who filled the house with artifacts and then bequeathed them and the house for the establishment of the (Valentine) museum.
The Wickham House is a National Historic Landmark, and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register and in the Richmond City Historic District.
The John Marshall House John Marshall is best known as the “Great Chief Justice” for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court. He served from 1801 until 1835, and his influential decisions, such as Marbury v. Madison, helped shape the principle of judicial review.
Built in 1790, the house was home to Marshall, his wife Mary Willis Ambler Marshall (known within the family as Polly), and their six children. Marshall lived at the house until his death in 1835. With the largest collection of original Marshall family pieces, our tour will include an in-depth look at the formation of American government through the lens of the federal judiciary.
The John Marshall House is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register and in the Richmond City Historic District.
Virginia Journeys is a members-only travel program.
The reservation fee includes admission to the various sites, lunch, snacks and beverages provided while in transit, and transportation.
The reservation fee is nonrefundable. If a patron must cancel their reservation, we will treat the fee as a charitable contribution and the patron will receive a receipt for their tax purposes.