Researching an upcoming article for Richmond Mag about Chesterfield history led me to Route 1. In a new approach, the county has lined the historic route with handsome banners that have line drawings of some of Chesterfield’s treasures. They look classy. The only problem is that most of Route 1 does not. Actually that’s not the only problem. The other one is that many of the noted attractions aren’t regularly open to the public. Falling Creek Ironworks sounds cool, but the only time you will have a chance at getting a look at that park land is in March when there are tours. Eppington Plantation is rarely open, and the Village of Bensley’s banner says “Celebrating more than 100 years.” I must say, I saw no indication that anyone was celebrating anything there.

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