Shockoe Slip, Richmond VA is a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and alleyways. It’s haunted by history. The cobblestone roads, an iconic part of the Shockoe Slip neighborhood, have a long history.
The name “slip” refers to a narrow passageway of land from the James River to Main Street where the former Kanawha Canal existed. The slip was necessary to load and unload goods from the large ships in the Canal.
Shockoe is the old warehouse section in Virginia capital. It boomed when the city was born, burned during the Civil War, and was rebuilt in the late 1800s.
The Slip was the place where visitors and expense-accounted business people went to dine. Where suburbanites went to drink and dance (the Tobacco Company opened its underground club in 1979). Consequently, where families gathered on weekends for street festivals along its cobblestones. The cobblestones were covered by asphalt. In the winter of 1978, the city started removing it and discovered that 70 percent of the cobbles were intact.
The city, Historic Richmond Foundation, the Shockoe Slip Association, and the Central Richmond Association came together to restore a section of it in the spring of 1979 between 12th and 14th streets.
The predominantly Italianate-style brick and iron front buildings, with the ornamental renaissance-style fountain, create a European flavor.
Shockoe Slip is a downtown dining hub, with Southern-style restaurants, and BBQ joints. Taprooms are tucked down narrow alleyways and in former warehouses. It’s home to the James River Park Pipeline Walkway, a pedestrian path suspended just above the water. Close by, the Pipeline Overlook is a popular fishing spot next to a swimming beach and the Great Blue Heron Rookery, an island nesting habitat.
The Shockoe Slip Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
The slip is full of amazing restaurants, bands, and historic sites. They are set against the beautiful Italianate architecture. The Slip is steps to the Canal Walk and a short walk to Brown’s Island. Residents enjoy a short bike ride to the start of the Virginia Capital Trail and walk to work in the Central Business District.
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. There is no better place to enjoy the riches of Richmond’s past and present!