Maury Place at Monument

3101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221
Innkeeper(s): Jeff Wells & Mac Pence
 

Maury Place at Monument Awarded 2014 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor! 17 Aug 2014, 12:21 pm


Maury Place at Monument has again been awarded Trip Advisor's "Certificate of Excellence" Award for 2014. This honor is bestowed to properties that consistently receive five star reviews on the Trip Advisor website.

Maury Place at Monument has been so honored for the past four years, and we are honored to have been recognized by Trip Advisor--and our guests--again this year! Thank you to all of our kind guests who have posted positive reviews of Maury Place at Monument on Trip Advisor!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Regional Tourism Center Coming to VMFA Grounds 13 Aug 2014, 3:41 am

The historic Robinson House located on the grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will soon be renovated and repurposed to include a regional visitor center. The center will be operated in collaboration with Richmond Regional Tourism and is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2015--just in time for the UCI World Championship Cycling event in September of that year.

Robinson House is a handsome Italianate structure that was completed in the 1850's and was once part of a 159-acure estate that belonged to prominent Richmond banker Anthony Robinson, Jr. In 1884, the house and 36 acres were sold to the R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1, Confederate Veterans to become a residence for indigent and disabled veterans. A third floor and a belvedere were added two years later and served as the facility's administration building, war museum, and at times barracks and medical ward. In 1892, Lee Camp sought continued subsidies from the Commonwealth of Virginia to operate the Soldiers' Home. In return, it promised to relinquish the deed to the grounds once the need to house the elderly veterans ended. By the time the last resident died in 1941 and the property reverted to the state, approximately 3000 veterans had resided at the complex. Robinson House served a variety of functions during the next seven decades: offices and labs for the Virginia Institute of Scientific Research (1949-63); offices, art studios, and galleries for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1964-93); and offices for the Virginia Association of Museums (1995-96).

The preservation of Robinson House will stabilize its structure, reclaim interiors to evoke the building's historic past, and renovate the spaces for use as a tourism center. A gallery dedicated to interpreting the history of the site from Native American times to the present is also planned. The house has been designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and was recently included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Robinson House and the adjacent Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are within walking distance of Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Virginia Museum to Display China's "Forbidden Treasures" 12 Aug 2014, 6:21 am

The most important and largest international travel exhibition ever assembled by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will bring the splendor of China's Forbidden City to Richmond this fall. "Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures form the Palace Museum, Beijing" is the most visible product of a seven-year collaboration between the VMFA and Beijing's Palace Museum, the first to be established by any U.S. art museum. The VMFA will become the first U.S. museum to exhibit works from its permanent collection at the Palace Museum. VMFA's famed Faberge collection will go on display in the historic Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum in May 2016.

"Forbidden City" will portray the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries. Gallery design, dramatic images of the palace, architectural models and video will create an immersive experience, as if passing through the Forbidden City during the height of its glory and splendor. Emperor Qianlong's throne will be at the center of a simulated journey into the buildings and grounds that were long forbidden to anyone other than the emperor's family, officials, and servants. The exhibition will also include some mammoth paintings--some done by the emperors themselves. One of the most stunning objects will be a suit of ceremonial armor from the Qing dynasty. It is made of yellow satin embellished with copper studs with a dragon design embroidered in gold thread.

In addition to the works from the Palace Museum, the VMFA will incorporate items from its own East Asian Collection into the "Forbidden City" exhibit to expand the story of the Qing rulers of China. The treasures will be on display from October 18 to January 11. The VMFA is just a short walk from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Summer Re-Enactment Series at St. John's Church 2 Aug 2014, 3:41 pm


One of Richmond's summer "must sees" is the re-enactment of the Second Virginia Convention that met in March 1775 at St. John's Church. St. John's Church is located at 2401 East Broad Street in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood. The re-enactment of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech features long term actors, many of whom have played various roles for severel years.

The re-enactment program started in 1975 in preparation for the nation's celebration of the bicentennial, and it now has become a tradition for incoming governors to attend a re-enactment before their inauguration! The music, introduction, and performance last less than an hour, and the event quickly gets to the heart of the debates, fears, and perceptions of  the day. A group of about 25 men rotate among nine "Virginia Patriots" of the day: Patrick Henry, Peyton Randolph, Richard Henry Lee, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Harrison among them. An audience member chosen from the early arrivals plays the nonspeaking role of the rector.

Doors open at 1:15 for the 1:30 performances on Sundays through August 31. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. To learn more, visit www.historicstjohnschurch.org. The historic St. John's Church averages about 40,000 visitors each year and is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

About Monument Avenue . . . . 30 Jul 2014, 10:53 am

Monument Avenue might be Richmond's crown jewel, but its early years were fraught with uncertainty. In 1893, just three years after the statue of Robert E. Lee was erected near what is now Monument Avenue's eastern boundary, a nationwide economic depression brought the construction of Richmond's grand avenue to a halt. For the next dozen years, the statue of Lee stood in a vacant field beyond the western edge of the city, surveying a large empty span. As the economy recovered, though, construction on Monument Avenue resumed with the first houses going up in 1902. The model was straightforward.

After the Civil War, a wave of admiration of French art and culture swept over the U. S., and Monument Avenue's planners wanted a street that would convey the grandeur of Paris's Champs-Elysees. Instead of the Arc de Triomphe, we have the Lee Monument forming the focal point of the vista. The tree-lined avenue was originally just three blocks long, but over the course of several decades, it extended further west. It now spans five miles from North Lombardy Street in the city to Horsepen Road in Henrico County. Likewise, the number of statutes on Monument Avenue grew to six. The newest monument, which honors Arthur Ashe, was unveiled at the intersection of Monument and Roseneath Road in 1996.

All of Monument Avenue awaits you right outside the doors of Maury Place at Monument, which is located directly across the street from the Matthew Fontaine Maury monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond "By the Lists"! 28 Jul 2014, 2:14 pm

Recently, Richmond has been gaining national recognition as a city noted for its many historic sites, a growing restaurant scene, local breweries, outdoor activities such as cycling and rafting, many outdoor festivals, and a thriving arts and culture community. As one of the fifty most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S., Richmond is a frequent "list maker." If recent rankings are true, Richmond is a world destination teeming with tattoo covered hipsters, marathon runners, and outdoor lovers!

One of the most touted recognitions came from Frommer's travel guidebook. The city's rich history and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War were cited as key reasons the Richmond region was named one of the 14 best places in the world to visit in 2014. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg in May noted Richmond as the most affordable summer driving destination because it is a one-day trip for 60 percent of the U.S. population and has a wide array of activities from the history to the Canal Walk.

Richmond's other rankings include: "Millennial Magnets," cities with more 20-somethings than teens by USA Today in April 2014; "Top 5 Affordable Cities to Buy A Home," by Homeinsurance.com in March 2014; "Most Creative mid-Sized Cities in America" (3rd of 10) by Movoto Real Estate in November 2013; "Top Places to Live" (58th) by Livability.com in October 2013; "10 Up an Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes in September 2013; "Best Street Art in the World" (Top 14) by BuzzFeed in August 2013; and "Top 10 Cities Where LGBT Singles are Looking for Marriage and Kids" (1st) by Chemistry.com in June 2012.

That's a lot of lists!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Meet our New Maury Place Pup "Roscoe" 20 Jul 2014, 10:30 am


After our loyal Lucy passed away in December, we took a little break to grieve before adopting a new dog.  Last week, we ventured to the SPCA and came away with Roscoe! Roscoe, who strongly resembles Lucy, is between five and seven years old. He is well behaved and mild mannered. His entire body moves when he wags his tail--which he does most of the time he is awake! Welcome, Roscoe!



Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond on the Silver Screen 10 Jul 2014, 8:30 am

Richmond has served as the filming location for many movies and television shows. Perhaps the most prominent movie almost entirely filmed in the Richmond area is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which was nominated for several Academy Awards in 2012.

Other well known movies filmed in Richmond include "The Last Detail" (1973), "My Dinner With Andre" (1981), "Doc Hollywood" (1991), "True Colors" (1991), "Dave" (1993), "G.I. Jane" (1997), "The Jackal" (1997), "The Contender" (2000), "Hannibal (2001), "Cold Mountain" (2003), "Iron Jawed Angels" (2004), and "Evan Almighty" (2007). Now casting in Richmond and scouting locations is the Tom Hanks produced movie, "Ithaca," which will be directed by Tom Hanks' former co-star, Meg Ryan.

Prominent television programs filmed in Richmond include the mini-series "John Adams" (2008), "Killing Kennedy" (2013), and the AMC Revolutionary War spy drama "Turn," which is currently in production.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Happy 4th of July! Fireworks Galore in Richmond! 4 Jul 2014, 11:56 am

Richmond seems to have more than its share of opportunities to see fireworks this 4th of July. On Thursday, July 3, RVA Fireworks on the James draws thousands to Brown's Island for free fireworks and family friendly performances. There will be food vendors, but you can bring your own picnic to see the 360 degree views of the fireworks display designed and fired by Fireworks by Grucci. Other viewing sites include Oregon Hill, Manchester, and Chimborazo Park. Bring a blanket and chairs to watch the display. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks starting around 9:15. Rain date is July 5.

Dogwood Dell's annual Independence Day Celebration occurs on Friday, July 4, and begins with the oldies vocal group Bak N Da Day at 5:15 p.m., followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 6:30, a concert on the Carillon bells at 7, and patriotic and pop music performed by The Richmond Concert Band at 7:30. Fireworks, designed by Pyrotecnico, start at about 9:30.

Fireworks watch parties are also occurring at local breweries. They break down into two categories: one on July 3 for RVA Fireworks on the James and the other on July 4 for the fireworks at the Diamond. Head to breweries near the river--Blue Bee Cider, Legend, and Triple Crossing--to see the fireworks on July 3. On July 4, Hardywood offers its "Brewdependence Day" watch party opening at 3 p.m. with special music and food trucks.  Stick around to watch the fireworks after the Squirrels game at the Diamond at Isley Brewing Company and Ardent Craft Ales.

The Richmond tradition of Fireworks at the Diamond continues this year on Friday and Saturday nights. Richmond's Flying Squirrels take on the Reading Fighting Phils this weekend, and a fireworks extravaganza will follow the games on both nights. The first game of Friday's double header starts at 5:05 p.m., and fireworks will go off at the conclusion of the second game. Saturday's game starts at 6:05 p.m. with fireworks following. Tickets to the game are $7 to $11.

Maury Place at Monument will be surrounded by fireworks this 4th of July! Happy Independence Day to all!


Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond is a Movie Theater Town! 1 Jul 2014, 7:05 am

      As most everyone knows, I am a huge movie fan, and I enjoy going to all of the many movie theaters here in Richmond. The closest movie theater to Maury Place is the Byrd Theater in Carytown, which opened its doors on December 24, 1928, and was Virginia's first movie theater equipped with a sound system! In 1978, the theater was designated a Virginia Historic Landmark, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ was installed when the theater was built to accompany silent movies. Current organist Bob Gulledge plays the organ every Saturday night before the evening shows. The Byrd shows second run movies for only $1.99!
     The Westhampton Theater on Grove Avenue is just a short drive from Maury Place. It opened in March 1938 as a single screen movie theater with a balcony. In the 1980's, the balcony was converted into a second screen. Today, the Westhampton shows primarily independent releases and foreign films. It is located in a charming shopping area on Grove Avenue referred to as "The Avenues."
     The Carpenter Theater at Richmond Center Stage on historic Grace Street was originally a Loew's Theater movie palace. The theater was built in 1927 and designed by architect John Eberson. It opened in 1928 and today is a venue for live stage performances.

     The Hippodrome Theater on Second Street in historic Jackson Ward opened in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie theater. In the 1930's and 40's , "the Hipp" was the place to see legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong--and later, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Nat King Cole. The theater has been fully restored and reopened in 2011 as an entertainment venue.

    Perhaps the newest movie theater closest to Maury Place is Movieland at Boulevard Square. Movieland is a 17-stadium movie theater located near the Diamond on the Boulevard. The building was originally a locomotive assembly plant before Bow Tie Cinemas renovated the building and opened it in early 2009.  So buy some popcorn and enjoy a movie at one of Richmond's landmark movie theaters!


Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument