Shockoe Slip

Some                               things never change. In the shadow of Richmond's                               financial district along the James River lies a                               neighborhood of cobblestone streets and alleyways,                               it's called Shockoe Slip, and it's haunted by history.

Shockoe                                 Slip earned its unusual name from the creek that                                 once flowed through it. "Shacquohocan"                                 was the Indian word for the large, flat stones                                 at the mouth of the creek, and "slip"                                 refers to the area's position on the canal basin                                 where boats loaded their cargo.

Founded                                 as a small trading post by William Byrd in the                                 early 1600's, Shockoe Slip was the commercial                                 center of Richmond and most of the Western part                                 of the State. A young George Washington surveyed                                 The Kanawha Canal that ran west and became the                                 super waterway for goods until the Civil War.

Shockoe                                 Slip literally rose out of the ashes after retreating                                 Confederate troops burned most of downtown. Railroads                                 and highways in the next century replaced the                                 canals and waterways as major routes of commercial                                 transportation.

Shockoe Slip's neighborhood has become a                                 prime example of urban restoration and historic                                 preservation. What                                 was once the only trading area in Richmond is                                 now the City's most fashionable shopping and dining                                 district. The Slip's restored warehouses and taverns                                 house a unique assortment of exclusive apparel                                 stores, galleries, restaurants and hotels.