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RICHMOND NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK          
804-771-2145                              www.nps.gov/rich
470 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA  23223, on the Richmond Canal Walk.

DIRECTIONS: From I-95 North take exit 74C, which merges onto 17th Street. Take 17th Street to Broad Street (4 blocks). Turn right on Broad Street and stay on it to 14th Street (3 blocks). Turn left on 14th Street and stay on it to Canal Street. Turn right and stay on Canal Street to 5th Street (9 blocks). Turn left on 5th Street and stay on it to Tredegar Street (2 blocks). Turn right on Tredegar Street and then turn right again into the parking lot for the American Civil War Center and Richmond National Battlefield Park's Civil War Visitor Center.

I-95 South use exit 75 (3rd Street) for Civil War Visitor Center. The off ramp will merge onto 3rd Street. Stay on 3rd Street to Cary Street (9 blocks). Turn left onto Cary Street. Stay on Cary Street to 5th Street (2 blocks). Turn right onto 5th Street and stay on it until Tredegar Street (about 2 blocks). Turn right on Tredegar Street and then turn right again into the parking lot for the American Civil War Center and Richmond National Battlefield Park's Civil War Visitor Center.

From I-64 West use 5th Street (downtown) exit for Civil War Visitor Center.  Take 5th Street to its end (12 blocks), turn right onto Tredegar Street, then right into the parking lot.

From I-64 East follow to intersection with I-95 south through the city of Richmond. Follow the above directions for I-95 south.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Between 1861 and 1865, Union armies repeatedly set out to capture Richmond, capital of the Confederacy, and end the Civil War. Three of those campaigns came within a few miles of the city. The park commemorates eleven different sites associated with those campaigns including the battlefields at Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, and Cold Harbor. Established in 1936, the park protects 763 acres of historic ground, all federal.The Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works exhibits artifacts of the Civil War, especially those relevent to the Richmond area. A 22 minute motion picture depicts the battles which took place near the city.

Civil War Visitor Center has three floors of Civil War exhibits introducing Richmond’s role in the Civil War, the battlefields around the city and the impact that this event had on the city and the nation.  A bookstore is available that offers over 500 items for sale.

PARKING:  1 wheelchair accessible parking space.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Sidewalks, carpeted, wooden and cement floors.  The visitor center and grounds of the Iron Works are completely accessible for visitors with disabilities.

ENTRANCE:  Located in back of building with wheelchair accessible elevator located at the parking lot.  8 exterior steps, each 8 in. in height.  Handrails on left and right.  Entry doors 58 in. wide, open out easily with push bar handle located 42 in. above floor.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Located on second floor.  Accessible stalls have 36 in. wide doors opening out, and handrails.  19 in. toilet seat height, and 10 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height is 30 in.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.   Rest rooms are identified by a raised figure with pants or skirt on door to designate men or women.

SPECIAL SERVICES:
For guests with visual disabilities, there are signs with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface. 

GIFT SHOP:  Counters 36 plus in. high.  Clerks assist customers with special needs.  Aisles clear of temporary displays.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Accepted credit cards V and MC.  Hours:  Open year round,7 days/wk, 9-5 daily.  Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.  Free admission.

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