Just to the east of the bustling downtown area of Richmond, you will find the quaint Shockoe Bottom, Virginia, neighborhood. Considered to be one of the most eclectic and historical neighborhoods in the area, the community is undergoing quite a revival thanks to the influx of new small businesses in the area. The downtown area near the water is lined with specialty shops and countless eating locations, many of which have been in place for over five decades.
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I was on a mother-daughter weekend. Our hotel recommended for us to visit the Shockoe Bottom area for an evening of good food and fun and I was glad we went there. Streets are narrow traffic heavy.
Just east of downtown Richmond, Va. From the s through the Civil War, the area was the site of one of the largest slave trades in the United Statessecond only to New Orleans. Factories, law offices, auction houses, and more jails, all centered on the slave trade, also filled the district. The moist soil in Shockoe Bottom had stopped the growth of harmful bacteria, resulting in remarkably intact items.
Construction estimated to begin in May,taking two years and re-opening in the Spring of The space will serve as a new Welcome Center, an indoor market and will have leasable space for restaurants and retail. Construction on new public square at the 17th Street Farmers' Market site is slated to begin as early as late
Slave-trade auction houses, offices, slave jails, and residences of the most prominent slave traders were scattered throughout Shockoe Bottom, a creek valley flowing into the James River. Much of Shockoe Bottom has since been razed and paved over, often ignored by mainstream historians. Nevertheless, for many descendants of the enslaved, Shockoe Bottom remains sacred ground associated with suffering, injustice, and resistance to slavery.
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