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Top 19 Neighborhood Amenities in Carytown, Richmond, VA

Richmond is an old and very diverse city, with old and new neighborhoods, offering everything from a very fast pace to a relaxing stroll. Carytown is one neighborhood which manages to combine both, old history and new and high end in one. This guide will show you around the top 19 sites in the neighborhood.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a locally owned and operated business offering a very large selection of craft beers. Hardwood offers everything from old-school European ales and lagers to American and Virginian varieties. The brewery is the brainchild of owners Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh, both having been in the industry for years in one or another capacity. Their new brewery is a cutting-edge facility with a strong focus on quality and environmentalism.

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Chop Suey Books

Chop Suey Books is a locally owned and ran bookstore, a dieing breed unfortunately in this new era. The shop is crammed with new books, used books, kids books, history books, art books, comic books, and much more. Check out the second floor to find the used books, as well as the occasional art expo and an adult reading class.

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Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue - Boulevard

Buz and Ned's has been opened since 1992 and has provided some of the best BBQ ever since. It ranks amongst the top restaurants in Richmond, but it has no glamorous venue or snooty waiters, it actually has no waiters, you order at the counter. What it does have is the best BBQ in the city, if not the state. Buz and Ned's is an old school joint offering true southern BBQ made with know-how passed through generations of grillers.

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, or VMFA, is an art museum in Richmond, Virginia, in the United States, which opened in 1936.

The museum is owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia, while private donations, endowments, and funds are used for the support of specific programs and all acquisition of artwork, as well as additional general support. Admission itself is free (except for special exhibits). It is one of the first museums in the American South to be operated by state funds.

In addition to the galleries that display selections of the permanent collection, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents special exhibitions of artwork drawn from its own and others' collections, as well as work of active artists.
In 2011, VMFA was one of the seven museums worldwide chosen to display and exhibit one hundred seventy-six paintings from the personal collection of Pablo Picasso. The exhibit was scheduled to run from February 19 – May 15, 2011 in ten galleries of the newly renovated museum.

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Virginia Historical Society

The Virginia Historical Society (VHS), founded in 1811 as the Virginia Historical and Philosophical Society and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is a major repository, research, and teaching center for Virginia history. It is a private non-profit organization, supported almost entirely by private contributions, and is the Official State Historical Society of Virginia.

The Virginia Historical Society features award-winning exhibitions and programming that are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. One of the largest historical societies in the country, the VHS has thirteen exhibition galleries occupying more than 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) and has the largest display of Virginia artifacts on permanent view. The VHS is the only museum with all of Virginia’s history under one roof — all centuries, all regions, and all topics are covered.


Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Visual Arts Center of Richmond, also known as VisArts or Visual Arts Center, (formerly called, The Hand Workshop) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) arts center in Richmond, VA. It is located at 1812 West Main Street in Richmond, VA, and was founded in 1963. The organization serves 28,000 people annually and its core programming includes art classes for adults and children, a free admission gallery (True F. Luck Gallery) with at least 6 exhibitions annually, and multiple outreach programs providing arts learning to children and seniors in need. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond places a high priority on making sure that arts learning is accessible to all residents in the Richmond region through free programming, low cost options, and scholarship funds. Approximately 42% of the organization's revenue is dependent upon the donations and contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, and sponsors in the Richmond region, the State of Virginia, and the United States. In 2012, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond was awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The organization is also supported by The Virginia Commission for the Arts.
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Children's Museum of Richmond

The Children's Museum of Richmond began in 1977 as the Richmond Children’s Museum in the Navy Hill School building in downtown Richmond, Virginia. In 2000, the museum moved to its current location on Broad Street in Richmond. In 2010 The Children's Museum of Richmond became the first in the country to open a satellite location, CMoR Short Pump, located in the West End of Richmond.

Highlights of CMoR Central include: A newly renovated Living Tree House which features live turtles, frogs, and mice, which opened in September 2010. Little Farm, a special area for visitors age 3 and under, to explore!

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Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia is a science museum located in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1970, it is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is housed in the former Broad Street Station, built in 1919.

In 2003 the Museum unveiled the Grand Kugel, the world's largest kugel ball at a cost of $1.5 million. The Grand Kugel was originally carved from an 86-ton block of South African black granite. It was 8 feet, 8.7 inches in diameter, and it floated on a base of granite. Shortly after installation, the Grand Kugel began to crack. The crack eventually spread through the sphere, rendering it unfloatable. A replacement kugel ball was installed in October 2005. The original kugel is still on display behind the museum.

In the former train loading area which has been redeveloped, large static displays now include: Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) steam locomotive and tender, Kanawha class # 2732; Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P) "Car One" business car; Aluminaut, the world's first aluminum submarine, designed by and built for Richmond-based Reynolds Metals Company in the 1960s, also notable for helping recover a "lost" U.S. atomic bomb in 1966.

In 2013 the Museum opened a new exhibit gallery - Boost! Featuring cutting edge technology, this permanent gallery features over 25 personalized activities to improve your mind and body.

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The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is a nationwide chain of fresh produce stores, which started with one store in Greensboro, NC. The Fresh Market in CaryTown is not unlike the original location and holds true to the same primary principles - high quality meats, fresh seafood and some of the best local, organic produce one can buy.

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Carytown Farmers Market

The Carytown Farmers Market is a Sundays only market, open from 11am to 3pm. It is exclusively a small scale producer market, offering local farmers and producers an opportunity to sell their produce directly to the consumer.

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Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym claims to be the largest chain of mixed gender gyms in the world, with more than 400 locations in 37 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 20 other countries. Gold's Gym has a membership of more than three and a half million, split almost equally between male and female patrons. Gold's Gym locations are equipped with cardiovascular and strength training equipment and offer group exercise classes such as group cycling, pilates, Latin dance, yoga and stretching through the company GGX (Gold's Group Exercise) program.

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ReDefineRVA (fitness)

ReDefine RVA is a fitness center dedicated to personalized training and healthy fitness. The center offers semi-private personal training services such as exercise programs and nutrition programs.

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Retreat Doctors' Hospital

Retreat Doctors' Hospital, located in Richmond's historic district is the oldest hospital in the city, it opened in 1877. With a long history of excellent care, the hospital now ranks amongst the top 50 hospitals in the nation as rated by Healthgrades.
Retreat Doctors' Hospital offers acute-care services, full ER services and much more.

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VCU Libraries, James Branch Cabell Library

The VCU Libraries is the third largest research library in Virginia. The libraries hold more than 2.58 million volumes (including over 665,000 electronic books) and extensive journal and database holdings. Collection strengths include the arts, behavioral sciences, business, chemistry, clinical medicine, education, health and life sciences, public affairs, and social work. The VCU Libraries hosts 2.16 million visitors each year.

The James Branch Cabell Library supports the Monroe Park Campus. Its Special Collections and Archives department houses one of the largest book art collections in the Southeast and the fifth largest graphic novel and comic book collections in the United States. It also includes records of local organizations and papers of numerous Virginia writers, artists, and social activists from Virginia's under-documented communities, and the archives of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award.

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Byrd Park

Byrd Park is a public park located in Richmond, Virginia, USA, north of the James River and adjacent to Maymont. The 200-acre (0.81 km2) park includes a mile-long trail with exercise stops, monuments, an amphitheatre, and three small lakes: Shields (sometimes spelled Sheilds), Swan, and Boat Lake. Boat Lake (also called Fountain Lake) has a lighted fountain at its center. Visitors can rent pedal boats there in season. The park includes tennis courts, Little League baseball fields, and a children's playground. The historic roundhouse and Poplar Vale Cemetery are also located in the park. It is named after William Byrd II, whose family owned much of the area when Richmond was founded in 1737.

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Monroe Park

Monroe Park is a 7.5 acres (3.0 ha) landscaped park located 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of the Virginia State Capitol Building in Richmond, Virginia. It is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States (1817–1825).

Monroe Park is pentagonal in shape, with an arrangement of paved paths among lawns and mature deciduous trees, intersecting at a cast iron fountain in the center of the area. This Victorian park is currently in the planning process of an historically sensitive, extensive renovation. The "Monroe Park Advisory Council", an organization constituted by Richmond City Councilman William Pantele in 2003, in partnership with the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Commununity Facilities and Richmond's Department of Community Development are leading the renovation initiative.

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Virginia, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond. The property is located along North Laurel Street at 800 South Cathedral Place, facing Monroe Park one block north of Main Street. Construction of the Cathedral was begun in 1903, financed by donations of Thomas Fortune Ryan and his wife; it was the only cathedral at that time known to be constructed by the exclusive patronage of a single family.

The cathedral was completed in 1905 and consecrated on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1906. The cathedral is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Carytown Shopping District

Carytown Shopping District runs along W Cary St and offers numerous shopping options, local stores like: Road Runner, World of Mirth, Penzeys, Plan 9, Franklin Goose, O'Virginia, and many more. The street is very popular with locals who come from surrounding neighborhoods to shop here. Besides the rich shopping selection the street is also lined with restaurants, cafes and delis.
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The Byrd Theatre

The Byrd Theatre is a cinema in the Carytown neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. It was named after William Byrd II, the founder of the city. The theater — the first in Virginia to be equipped with a sound system — opened on December 24, 1928 to much excitement and is affectionately referred to as "Richmond’s Movie Palace".
As a result of its longevity, the Byrd Theatre was designated as a Virginia Historic Landmark in 1978, followed in 1979 by listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today the theatre still shows movies 365 days a year, and has not been re-modeled (with the exception of repairs and minor changes such as the installment of a larger screen and new equipment including a concession stand), however movies are still played on reel-to-reel projectors which have to be changed mid-movie. All the seat frames are still original, and though some are torn, most of the upstairs patterned mohair-covered upholstery is still original.

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Top 19 Neighborhood Amenities in Carytown, Richmond, VA