Situated 20 minutes southwest of Richmond in Chesterfield County, the unincorporated community of Midlothian (a former coal-mining town) has more than 91,000 living in a beautiful and historically significant area just south of the James River.
Visitors to the area should check out the beautiful scenery at Robious Landing Park on the river or take a tour of Mid-Lothian Mines Park. Midlothian produced the first commercially-mined coal in the United States, where local people discovered it near a French settlement along the James River. Midlothian coal fired the furnaces at Tredegar Iron Works, a primary manufacturer of artillery for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Today, the stone ruins of the mine can be viewed from the nearby park trails.
Even hard-cored history buffs need to eat, so for a less-common but great meal, try the Caribbean fare at Pescados; or, for a more traditional meal, head over to Crab Louie’s Seafood Tavern, the Brick House Diner or the Toast New American Gastropub. Wild Ginger offers a large variety of Asian cuisine, and Sedona Taphouse features more than 500 different beers. For some retail therapy, stop into the Westchester Commons or Chesterfield Towne Center shopping malls.