Richmond Volleyball Club: By the Numbers
1981 is the year the organization was founded
501(c)3—that means this is a private, non-profit organization
240 teams participate in recreational soccer leagues Sunday–Friday evenings
2,600 plus adult and junior members are currently active in the organization
16 total volleyball courts are located at two different sites, which have showers and concession stands
A Chat with Richmond Volleyball Club
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Richmond Volleyball Club is Richmond's first and largest social sports club with over 3,000 members, having fun six nights a week.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
Starter League is ideal for adults looking for a new after-work activity. Everyone 18 years old and up are welcome.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
RVC was founded in 1981 by a common group of people with a love for sports and socializing. We haven't stopped growing since.
What do you love most about your job?
RVC is a home-away-from-home for its more than 3,000 members—both adults and youngsters—and it is still growing.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: For walking tours, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, [and bring a] hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and water
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Q&A with the Director of Public Relations and Marketing
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Many of our tour guides have been with us for many years and are very passionate about Richmond history.
What special training do you or your staff have?
We offer a Guide School every few years through the University of Richmond's Professional & Continuing Studies Program. There are 10 classes and then a test is given. Upon completion and passing the test, a new guide must shadow a senior tour guide. Senior tour guides do research and develop tours for the upcoming seasons.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
We are constantly refreshing the information for each of our tours.
Our tour guides do a great job of conducting this research.
Edgar Allan Poe holds a distinguished reputation in American literature, given his proclivity for dark work, such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” But the Poe of legend is often at odds with the real Poe: the student who had to gamble and burn his furniture to make it through college; the career man who traveled extensively to find better opportunities; and the devoted husband who never recovered from the death of his wife. He even enrolled at West Point … though he was thrown out eight months later.
The Poe Museum educates guests on the writer's life, helping them reconcile the reputed Poe with the real Poe. Located within the Old Stone House that lies just blocks from Poe's first Richmond home and his first employer, the Southern Literary Messenger, the museum showcases exhibits and significant artifacts, such as Poe's walking stick, his boyhood bed, and even a lock of his hair. This collection reveals his journey, showing what drove him to become a master writer of short stories, lyric poetry, action-movie screenplays, and, of course, horror stories.
The White House of the Confederacy constituted the social, political, and military headquarters of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Later named a National Historic Landmark, the building still stands today. Daily guided tours lead guests through the grand 19th-century structure, which houses more than half its original wartime furnishings.
The White House is only steps away from The Museum of the Confederacy's Richmond location, where a core exhibit chronicles the Confederacy from its beginnings to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Opened 25 years after that fateful event, the nonprofit museum displays artifacts from a collection of more than 15,000 items. They include Stonewall Jackson's sword, a letter from Pope Pius IX, and all the pennies Jefferson Davis etched his face onto in his spare time.
Meanwhile, another 400 artifacts adorn the permanent exhibit at the museum's Appomattox location. Here, a dozen audiovisual stations, parole lists, and the uniform coat worn by Lee illustrate the event that brought the Civil War to a close.
Kangaroo Jac's avenue of inflatable structures bustles with giggling swarms of children 10 and younger. During walk-in play, youngsters milk the all-access admission by repeatedly plummeting down the safe but steep fortress slide, hurdling over obstacles in the crossover course, and exploring the expansive Koombo Kombo—a two-story, inflatable dreamscape, elaborate enough to house a balloon animal Citizen Kane. Abiding by the facility's core values to provide "hassle-free birthdays," staff members help organize and clean up after parties, hosted in a private room where each child can gorge themselves on pizza, drinks, and birthday wishes.
The parent area's TVs and WiFi keeps adults up-to-date on national news, whereas the toddler area and MagicLand bounce zone keeps tots up to date on local gibberish. Throughout the year, Kangaroo Jac's supports the community by donating to local organizations and hosting dedicated playtime for children with special needs.
Founded in 1831, the same year chief justice John Marshall became its first president and former president James Madison its first honorary member, the Virginia Historical Society began amassing books, manuscripts, and historical objects to preserve the state's past. After moving its collections throughout the state during the Civil War, the society finally settled into the Lee House—the wartime home of General Robert E. Lee's family—in 1893 before moving to the Center of Virginia History in 1959.
The society showcases the state's heritage through long-term and temporary exhibitions such as The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, which contains artifacts from 16,000 years of Virginian history (from prehistory to the present) displayed in 10,000 square feet of galleries. Outside of its museum walls, Virginia Historical Society enlightens the public with educational programs and resources, publications, and rare nickels that caught Thomas Jefferson with his eyes closed.