Excerpt from The James River Tourist: A Brief Account of Historical Localities on James River, and Sketches of Richmond, Norfolk, and Portsmouth
Preface or Finis. - These lines will welcome the coming or speed the parting reader.
The book begins with Richmond and describes the points of greatest interest as the steamer moves on down the river. The reader who starts from Norfolk to Richmond, therefore needs to make "the last first," and begin at the end of the book. There will be no difficulty in fixing upon the localities mentioned if such person but remember to look to the left when the book points him to the right or vice versa.
"The land was beautiful; Fair rose the spires, and gay the buildings were, And rich the plains, like dreams of blessed isles."
The Locality of the City of Richmond was visited by Captains Newport and John Smith in 1607, the year of the settlement at Jamestown, and thirteen years prior to the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers on Plymouth Rock.
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