Richmond, population 39,124, has a Quaker, Underground Railroad and Jazz history. The city celebrates its place along the historic National Road and serves as the hub of antiquing in eastern Indiana.
Two antique trails lead to antique shops west and north of Richmond. The first route goes from Richmond west to Knightstown along Historic National Road and then circles north back to Richmond passing by more than 900 antique dealers along the way. Top stops include Centerville where Webb's Antique Mall features 500 dealers. The second trail follows U.S. Highway 27 north toward Portland.
The Historic National Road was the nation's original federally funded highway. U.S. Highway 40 through Richmond follows this route. This multi-state scenic byway passes through historic towns and by landmarks, such as Richmond's Madonna of the Trail statue.
Richmond has several historic districts, the Old Richmond Historic District and the Starr Historic, and homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of these homes, the Levi Coffin House played a role in the Underground Railroad and Abolition movement. The restored home showcases 1800s Quaker family life.
There are four golf courses in the area offering 9- and 18-hole courses. Whitewater River Gorge Trail and a section of the Cardinal Greenway Trail offer views of the Whitewater River Gorge and access for fossil hunting. Canoeing and kayaking trips are offered along the Whitewater River south of Richmond. Boating, sailing, skiing and fishing are popular activities at nearby Brookville Reservoir. There are lakeside restaurants and marinas on the 16-mile long lake offer boat rentals.
Richmond is 74 miles east of Indianapolis. It is accessible via Interstate Highway 70 and U.S. Highways 27, 35 and 40. Lodging options include hotels, bed and breakfasts and cabins.