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West of Richmond

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This tour includes the western section of Henrico County, from the western edge of Richmond west to Goochland County, with the James River on the south and U.S. 250 (Broad Street Road) on the north. The area, which was settled before Richmond was founded, is generally characterized as post–World War II suburbia. Its gently rolling hills and riverine valleys offered fertile lands for agriculture and, later, excellent opportunities for prime residential development. Remains of the plantation economy, such as Tuckahoe (just over the line in Goochland County and included in Piedmont section), still exist, as well as of coal mining, in traces of railroad beds in the Gayton Road area, from which coal was delivered along the Kanawha Canal. Vestiges of historic farms have survived in subdivision names: Westham, Windsor-on-the-James, Tuckahoe Place, Sleepy Hollow, Charter Oaks, Canterbury.

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Author: 
Richard Guy Wilson et al.

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