RICHMOND, Va.--(Jamestown - the site of America’s first permanent European settlement in 1607, and Richmond - the present day capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.)--The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is seeking to develop partnerships with corporations from across the nation to assist in the development of enhancements for the 55-mile long, multi-use Trail, that will eventually connect the two historic capitals of
The Trail will travel along the famous Route 5 Virginia Byway – the corridor of America’s first westward expansion and the oldest inland transportation route in North America. Along the Trail, you’ll find no less than a dozen historical and wildlife points of interest including a half dozen James River plantation homes dating from the 17th century - including the ancestral homes of Presidents John Tyler and William Henry Harrison, numerous Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields and wildlife areas.
Outdoor enthusiasts can extend their journey to include Williamsburg and Yorktown. Williamsburg is America’s second colonial capital after Jamestown; and Yorktown includes the site of George Washington’s final victory over Great Britain in 1781. The Richmond-Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown quadrangle ride totals approximately seventy-nine miles – a truly historic journey!
The Trail will feature interpretive signs highlighting historical information and include bicycling and pedestrian amenities to accommodate users of all ages and abilities; with benches, trail signs, mile-markers, digital / interactive kiosks and state-of-the-art trailhead stations. Several phases are open today and the entire Trail is expected to be completed in 2014.
Beth Weisbrod, Executive Director, stated “The Foundation is actively seeking corporate partners from across America to assist in delivering a unique and unforgettable experience for riders and users; and to help teach young people about the early history of our great nation and promoting general fitness and healthy family activities. We see an extraordinary opportunity for corporations to be an active participant on this exciting project.” Corporate sponsors will be recognized permanently along the trail, on our website at www.virginiacapitaltrail.org, in our e-newsletters, email and social networks. If you have an interest in joining the project, they want to hear from you.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) is a 501 (c)(3)organization, and is the principal advocate for the completion and enhancement of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 55 mile long, dedicated multi-use trail connecting Richmond and Williamsburg along the historic and beautiful Rt. 5 corridor. To make the Trail the world-class attraction it should be; the Foundation raises money to promote it within the region, the state, and the nation through partnerships and larger trail affiliations, including the Trans-America Trail and the East Coast Greenway. The VCTF is also charged with enhancing the Trail by installing signage, trailheads, benches, and other amenities making the trail experience safe, educational, and most importantly, unforgettable. Visit www.virginiacapitaltrail.org to learn more.