Bank Travel Post FAM
Historic Richmond Region
February 7-9, 2013
You’re invited to experience history with a twist during the Historic Richmond Region Bank Travel Post FAM!
Join us as we explore 400+ years of history and experience a modern Richmond Region, abundant in art, theater, culture, food and music. We’ll enjoy a special brand of Virginia hospitality during dinner at the Half Way House. Established in 1760, the Half Way House has been a fixture for weary travelers on the road between Richmond and Petersburg since before the Revolutionary War and continues to serve up delicious food and history today. Dinner will be followed by a performance by the “Sunshine Boys” at the Swift Creek Mill Theatre. From gristmill to Corn Whiskey distillery to theatre, this old mill setting provides the perfect backdrop for main stage productions.
We’ll drive through the city of Richmond while learning about history, the James River rapids and culture, and explore Monument Avenue, the only street in the U.S. to receive the National Historic Landmark status. We’ll tour the Virginia Capitol. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, this neo-classical marvel has been in use since 1788 and features a hidden dome, pre-historic fossils in its marble floor, the Virginia Hall of Presidents and a magnificent life-size statue of George Washington. Learn about the great Shockoe and Church Hill districts en route to St. John’s Church. This is the oldest wooden, continuously utilized church in the country, and is also the site of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. We’ll witness a re-enactment of that important time when all eyes and ears were focused on England and its tyranny. We’ll tour the Virginia War Memorial and enjoy a Confederate-themed lunch on property. The Virginia War Memorial honors fallen Virginian soldiers from World War II to the present. We’ll lay a wreath of honor at the Shrine of Memory, explore the exhibits and watch the poignant film “Into Battle.” Throughout lunch, guests will be transported back to Richmond of 1862 to experience Civil War Era music and dress, and have the opportunity to interact with a Confederate Army recruiter! Next comes the 5th Federal Reserve for a unique “Fed Experience” and tour. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will get us in touch with our artistic side while we experience the beautiful and unique art of Dale Chihuly. Then we’ll fill up on famous Virginia Barbeque at Buz and Ned’s, where Buz was challenged to a “throwdown” with Bobby Flay and won!
Finally, we’ll tour Hollywood Cemetery where two U.S. Presidents and the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis and his family are laid to rest. This serene and park-like setting offers a unique blend of history and lore.
This FAM is for Bank Directors only who are registered to attend the Bank Travel Conference. The FAM will begin after the conference ends on Thursday, February 7th at 2:30 p.m. Return Travel should be planned after 2p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013.