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Did You Know?
The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.
From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night. A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.
The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.
When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.
In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.
The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).
Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby. Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets. As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson. Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!
Twelve US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.) and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.
Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel.
Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.
Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.
The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion. In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones. He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.
The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.
The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.
The Historic Richmond Region has something for everyone, whether you are passionate about history, the arts, gardens, architecture, theme parks, whitewater rafting, golf, shopping, dining, festivals, plantations, museums, NASCAR or sports. Richmond is Easy to Love!
Things to See & Do in Richmond
Whether the purpose of your trip to Richmond is for business or pleasure, we hope the resources below will assist you with your travel plans.
All About Richmond Links
- Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (RMCVB)
- VA Tourism
- Richmond International Airport
- Richmond Magazine
- Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
- VA General Assembly
- VA Business Magazine
- VA Chamber of Commerce
- VA Film Office
- Belmont Golf Course
- Birkdale Golf Club
- Glenwood Golf Club
- Highlands Golfers Club
- Hollows Golf Club
- Hunting Hawk Golf Club
- Independence Golf Club
- Mattaponi Golf Club
- Pendleton Golf Club
- Providence Golf Club
- River’s Bend Golf Club
- The Traditional Golf Club at Royal New Kent
- Sycamore Creek Golf Club
- Virginia Golf Association
Spectator Sports Links
- Richmond Flying Squirrels
- Richmond Sports Backers
- Richmond Kickers Soccer
- Colonial Downs
- Richmond Coliseum
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
- Science Museum of VA
- Virginia Aviation Museum
- Black History Museum
- Edgar Allan Poe Museum
- Museum of the Confederacy
- Children's Museum of Richmond
- Virginia Historical Society
- The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
- Virginia Opera
- Richmond CenterStage
- Broadway in Richmond
- Richmond Ballet
- Modlin Center for the Arts
- Landmark Theater
- Virginia Repertory
Historical Sites Links
- Historic Richmond Foundation Tours
- James River Plantations
- Henricus Historical Park
- Virginia State Capital
Botanical Garden/Zoo Links
Amusement Park Links
White Water Rafting Link
Concert Series Links
Special Event Links
- Virginia State Fair
- Meadow Highland Games and Celtic Festival
- Strawberry Street Festival
- NASCAR and Busch Series Racing
- Richmond Folk Festival
- The Bizarre Bazaar
- Virginia Wine Expo
- Richmond Jazz Festival
- First Friday’s Artwalk
- University of Richmond
- Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia
- Virginia State University
- Virginia Union University
- Randolph Macon College