If you visit Richmond National Battlefield Park in Virginia, do not miss the other National Park Service (NPS) site in that city. Maggie L. Walker was an African American philanthropist that started the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1902 and was the only female bank president in the U.S. at the time. As a member of the Independent Order of St. Luke since age 14, she also helped establish a newspaper and department store to help the local African American community.
Museum, film, house tour, Jackson Ward National Historic Landmark District
The 1930s-era home of this Civil Rights advocate can only be entered on an NPS ranger guided tour. Walker lived in the oft-expanded, 28-room house from 1904 until her death thirty years later, and almost every piece of furniture in the house is original. The NPS visitor center at 600 N 2nd Street is very small, but they do show a short film inside the tiny museum, which provides a good introduction before the tour.
The master bathroom includes a bidet, which is not something we have seen on any of the other NPS house tours we have taken (and we have been on a lot!).
Street parking is required as there is not a designated lot.
Pocahontas State Park and Forest offers a campground with running water just outside Richmond, Virginia.
Richmond National Battlefield Park (Virginia)
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (District of Columbia)
Fort Monroe National Monument (Virginia)
Explore More – The Walker family owned the house until the NPS took ownership of the 1.25-acre property in what year?