FAQs for the Women’s Monument Dedication Ceremony

FAQs for the Women’s Monument Dedication Ceremony

October 14, 2019, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Is this event open to the public?
Yes, this event is open to the public. No RSVP or invitation is required to attend.

What time does the event start?
The event starts at 11:00 AM and will end at approximately 12:30 PM.

Will there be parking available?
• 9th and Franklin Parking Deck-Guests can park at the 9th and Franklin parking deck located at 801 E. Franklin Street. Vehicles may enter the parking deck from either 9th Street or Franklin Street.
• 7th and Franklin Parking Deck
• There will be free street parking for Columbus Day; you can use the Parkopedia.com website to locate parking options.
• The Pulse:
When taking the Pulse, exit 9th and Broad Streets at the Government Center Station. Make your way on foot to 9th and Grace Streets, a short walk from the station.
• GRTC Bus Stop:
When taking the GRTC Bus, exit Franklin and 9th Streets. Make your way on foot to 9th and Grace Streets, a short walk from the GRTC Bus Stop.

Will the event have seating?
Yes. There will be limited seating so we suggest arriving early to ensure a seat. There’s additional room in the back for standing.

I have special needs and will need additional assistance. Will there be someone to help me?
There will be a shuttle pick-up at the 9th & Franklin deck and drop-off at 9th & Grace Street for anyone who needs additional assistance with transportation to the event. There will also be staff available to direct you to the appropriate section during the event.

My group is coming in a bus. Where should we get dropped off?
Buses are allowed to drive through the loop at 9th & Grace Street for drop off. Parking is available for them as well. Please email Lindley Griffin at lgriffin@senate.virginia.gov for parking details.

Can I watch from home?
Yes. This event will be live streamed. Use the link below:
http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

Will the event be rescheduled if it rains?
No. This event is rain or shine.

Shop

Shop

The Virginia Shop at the Capitol (804)698-7661 is open to the public in the extension.

Gift store hours:
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(804)698-7661

The 2018 Annual Capitol Square Ornament is Available!

Seventh in a series of collectible ornaments, the 2018 Official Capitol Square Ornament celebrates The 400th Anniversary of the Capitol Police, a beloved institution on Capitol Square.
Seventh in a series of collectible ornaments, the 2018 Official Capitol Square Ornament celebrates The 400th Anniversary of the Capitol Police, a beloved institution on Capitol Square.

ORDER 2018 ORNAMENT ONLINE.

The Division of Capitol Police has the distinct honor and privilege of being recognized as the first organized policing agency in the nation and will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2018. Our historical roots originate at the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. In 1618, the Guard, consisting of 10 men was formed to protect the Governor from the hostile Indian population. By 1663, the force was expanded to a force of 20 men and assigned to protect the Governor, the Council, and the Colonial Assembly. The capital was moved to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1699 where the Guard remained an important part of the executive and legislative process. In 1780, the capital of Virginia was again relocated to a safer location, its present home in Richmond. The term “Capitol Police” was first used in an act of the Virginia General Assembly passed on January on January 28, 1884. This act provided “for the appointment of Capitol Police certain other employees about the Public Buildings and Grounds.” The Capitol Police have steadily expanded in size and remain in service to this day.

The Virginia State Garrison Regiment, 1778-1780
The Virginia State Garrison Regiment, 1778-1780 – Learn more about the importance of Virginia Capitol Police with an interactive timeline on their website.

Ornaments are available at The Virginia Shop at the Capitol and in the Capitol at the Lower Rotunda reception desk. Ornaments are also available at the Bell Tower by appointment only please call ahead by contacting Andrea Siebentritt, Communications & Development Coordinator at (804) 786-1010.

New this year: lower shipping rates!

Download the Ornament Order form (past years’ ornaments options are available).

Order the 2018 ornament online at Virginia Capitol Foundation’s
Secure giving site..

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ornament orders or other donation opporunities, please contact us.

A Historic Commonwealth Collection

The official Capitol Square ornaments are a series of annual collectible ornaments, featuring the historic treasures of Capitol Square. Finished in brilliant 24K gold, made entirely in the U.S.A, and presented in a handsome gift box, the ornaments are a perfect gift for colleagues and friends. All proceeds support the Virginia Capitol Foundation’s mission to enhance the educational and cultural potential of Capitol Square’s historic treasures through program development and community engagement.

The First Annual Ornament, introduced in 2012, features the Jefferson-designed Capitol. The Second Annual Virginia Capitol Ornament, introduced in 2013, features the historic Bell Tower. The Third Annual Ornament introduced in 2014, features a true historic Executive Mansion. The fourth Annual Ornament introduced in 2015, features the George Washington Equestrian Monument. The fifth in the series of ornaments for 2016 was a commemorative tribute to Thomas Jefferson, “Architect of Liberty”. The sixth annual ornament for 2017 featured “The Fountain at Monument Walk” representing the fountain location at the base of Monument Walk. The Fountain has adorned Capitol Square since 1852. For 2018, we are excited to release the seventh in this ornament series celebrating The 400th Anniversary of the Capitol Police, a beloved institution on Capitol Square. Please see all ordering options above.

See all prior years’ ornaments available for purchase.

Tours

Tours

The Capitol building is open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Self-Guided tours are available during operating hours each day our Capitol Visitors Brochure will help you get started.

Free one-hour guided tours Monday through Saturday are available beginning by 10:00 a.m. for walk-in visitors (or 9:00 a.m. for groups by appointment) and continue throughout the day, with the last tour offered at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, guided tours are available beginning at 1:00 p.m., with the last tour offered at 4:00 p.m.

In addition, self-guided tours are available during operating hours each day.

The Capitol Building is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Indoor guided tours last about one hour and include two newly restored rooms that were not previously on tour. In addition to the Rotunda, Old House and Old Senate chambers, tour groups usually see one of the 1906 legislative chambers located in the wings (when the General Assembly is not in session).

For more information on arranging guided tours, contact:

Tours are available daily of the underground extension and newly restored Capitol.
Tours are available daily of the underground extension and newly restored Capitol.

Capitol Square Guided Tours

capitoltourguides@house.virginia.gov

Capitol Guided Tours
c/o tour supervisor
Post Office Box 406
Richmond, Virginia 23218

Call our main voice number 804-698-1788 to verify daily tour schedules and make group tour appointments for groups of 10 or more people.

Please Provide the Following Information When Arranging:

  • Group name, tour coordinator, main telephone number, cell phone number, fax or e-mail.
  • Preferred date and time of visit (have alternate dates available if possible).
  • Total number in group, including chaperons. (Note: appointments for groups larger than 90 people are subject to availability of guides.)
  • Age/grade level of students.

Capitol Virtual Tour Website

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The General Assembly has released a state of the art virtual tours website that brings Virginia’s State Capitol to the citizens of Virginia. The website provides online tours of both the Capitol Grounds and the Capitol Building. Visitors to this interactive website will have the ability to explore areas on their own or view video presentations.

Please note the virtual tours website requires the Adobe Flash Player. You can download the Flash Player at the Adobe website at no charge. If you do not have the Flash Player plug-in installed, you will be prompted to install it before any content is shown.

For visitors with special needs: An accessible segment of this website has been created for those visitors who use technology other than standard web browsers to view web content.

Parking at the Capitol

Parking at the Capitol

Handicap parking

Private vehicles with handicap tags are able to park and unload passengers on Bank Street between 9th and 10th streets, near the new public entrance. There is no public parking on the Capitol Square grounds.

Motorcoach Parking

Three or four spaces are presently available on Bank Street between 10th and 12th Streets. Buses should not stay on Bank Street longer than 2 hours. As of 2008 the former “Bus Loop” behind Old City Hall is no longer available to school or tour buses visiting the Capitol. Overflow bus parking is available at the Virginia War Memorial, on 2nd Street south of Spring Street. Group leaders will need to be in phone contact with their drivers.

Public Parking

There are four free general public spaces (1 hour) on the north side of Bank Street, between 9th and 10th Streets. A limited number of metered public parking spaces (2 hours) are located on the west side of 10th Street, between Main and Bank Streets, on Bank Street, between Governor and 14th Streets, on the south side of Main Street, between 9th and 12th Streets and on 12th Street between Main and Bank Streets.

Pay parking lots and decks are nearby on 8th and Grace Street and 7th and Marshall Streets. Downloadable maps of nearby parking lots and decks, as well as rates, are available via Ridefinders Downtown Commuter Guide web page.

If you have any questions about parking lots in the capitol vicinity, please call the Capitol Tour Desk at (804) 698-1788 or email the Tour Desk at capitoltourguides@house.virginia.gov

Capitol Entrances and Exits – Bank Street

Public Entrance

Commercial tour groups, school groups and the general public will enter the restored and expanded Capitol from a new entrance plaza near 10th and Bank streets.

Street Traffic Patterns:

Bank Street has become a two-way thoroughfare between 9th and 14th streets, in order to make the new public entrance more accessible.

Because of the Capitol visitor entrance is not currently accessible from Bank Street, we suggest several parking options when traveling by vehicle when visiting. An interactive map is below along with instructions for groups traveling by bus via highways/interstate.

Directions to the Capitol

Directions to the Capitol

Directions to the Capitol

View a larger Google Map for directions.

Directions for tours by bus

Important changes to Bank St. traffic patterns will include:

  • A new “pedestrian plaza” extending from the Commonwealth (formerly Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel) to north 10th Street along Bank Street, between the Pocahontas Building and the Capitol extension public entrance. The plaza will serve as a safe space for members of the public, administration, legislators, state employees, teen pages and the media to move between the two buildings.
  • For school groups and other tour groups to unload visitors from buses. See a map of Capitol Square Auxiliary Bus Parking facility. The auxiliary parking is located at 2400 W. Leigh St. Richmond, VA 23220.
  • Bank Street will become one-way, from west to east, between 10th and 12th streets. Two-way traffic along Bank St. will resume east of 12th Street.
  • Traffic calming measures to prevent speeding will be placed on the north and south sides of Bank Street.
  • There will be no access to Bank St. from Franklin Street.
  • Right turns from 9th Street onto Bank Street will be prohibited for all but hotel traffic, buses for Capitol tours by appointment, and deliveries to the Pocahontas Building.
  • Capitol Police will control access to the pedestrian plaza through automatic gates.

These measures will remain in place while the General Assembly occupies the Pocahontas Building.

Buses that drop off school and other groups at the Capitol extension on Bank Street to visit the Capitol can unload inside the pedestrian plaza, then park at the Department of General Services Office of Fleet Management Services at 2400 W. Leigh St. Richmond, VA 23220.

Unless directed otherwise, buses will return to pick up their passengers along the traffic circle around the equestrian Washington monument located inside the Capitol Square gate at 9th and grace streets, one block uphill from (north of) the pedestrian plaza. Group leaders will need to have direct phone or text communication with their drivers, since buses will not be able to park on or next to Capitol Square.

Traveling I-95 North

By Bus: If traveling north on I-95 take exit 74C (Broad Street). At the fork in the exit ramp bear right (follow “Broad St. East” sign) and enter onto 17th Street heading south. At light turn right onto Broad Street and drive uphill (west) to the light at 14th Street. Turn left at 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-95 South

By Bus: If traveling south on I-95 take exit 74B (Franklin Street). Be careful to slow down when taking this exit because it is a short downhill ramp ending at a traffic light. At the light turn right onto Franklin Street and proceed straight ahead to the light at the intersection with 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-64 West

By Bus: If traveling west on I-64 get into the left lane while crossing a bridge into downtown Richmond and take the left ramp, exit 190, onto I-95 south. After a short distance take exit 74B (Franklin Street). Be careful to slow down when taking this exit because it is a short downhill ramp ending at a traffic light. At the light turn right onto Franklin Street and proceed straight ahead to the light at the intersection with 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-64 East

By Bus: If traveling east on I-64 into downtown Richmond proceed straight ahead on 95 south (AVOID the right exit for I-64 East to Williamsburg) and take exit 74B (Franklin Street). Be careful to slow down when taking this exit because it is a short downhill ramp ending at a traffic light. At the light turn right onto Franklin Street and proceed straight ahead to the light at the intersection with 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-195 East (Downtown Expressway)

By Bus: take the 7th/9th street (Rt. 60) exit and stay in the right lane of the exit ramp. Turn left onto 9th Street and proceed north through the intersection with Main Street and uphill one block to the light at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Hours

Hours

The Capitol building is open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Self-Guided tours are available during operating hours each day our Capitol Visitors Brochure will help you get started.

Free one-hour guided tours Monday through Saturday are available beginning by 10:00 a.m. for walk-in visitors (or 9:00 a.m. for groups by appointment) and continue throughout the day, with the last tour offered at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, guided tours are available beginning at 1:00 p.m., with the last tour offered at 4:00 p.m.

In addition, self-guided tours are available during operating hours each day.

The Capitol Building is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

First Four Bronze Statues

First Four Bronze Statues

A visionary Native American chieftain, a brave Jamestown settler, an influential African-American educator and a passionate advocate for woman suffrage and the arts will be the first four bronze statues commissioned for Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women’s Monument, the nation’s first monument recognizing the full scope of significant but often unrecognized contributions of women.

“These women played important roles in the early years of the Old Dominion’s recorded history and in the 20th century, when our state and country were undergoing seismic social changes,” said Susan Clarke Schaar, Clerk of the Senate and a member of the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission. “Their stories richly deserve to be remembered and told.”

Actor Portrayal of Virginia Estelle Randolph (1875 -1958) at the StudioEIS photoshoot
Actor Portrayal of Virginia Estelle Randolph (1875 -1958) at the StudioEIS photoshoot

In May of 2017, StudioEIS held a 3-day photo shoot in Brooklyn, N.Y., where female actors in period dress posed as the 12 women who were selected to be recreated as life-size statues in the Virginia Women’s Monument. Experts with 3-D scanners will transform the photos into final models for the sculptures that will eventually find a home within the oval-shaped plaza on Capitol Square in Richmond. Additional images from the photo shoot can be found on the Virginia Capitol Foundation’s Facebook page and a short video of the studio shoots can be seen here.

Actor Portrayal of Mary Draper Ingles (c. 1732 –1815) at the StudioEIS photoshoot
Actor Portrayal of Mary Draper Ingles (c. 1732 –1815) at the StudioEIS photoshoot

Construction on the monument’s plaza in Capitol Square began in June 2018.

See the full list of women paid tribute to and a detailed description of this new monument on Capitol Square along with the committee charged with the project’s concept and completion at Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women’s Monument.

View a short film of the actors in period dress at StudioEIS for sculpture creation.

Download the full press release with additional media content.

See the StudioEIS Art Direction photo montage.