“Belle Isle was originally known as Broad Rock Island. It was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1607. In the 18th century the island was occupied by a fishery. In 1814, the Old Dominion Iron and Nail Company completed a nail factory. During the 1860s, the island was inhabited by a village complete with a school, church, and general store.”
Belle Isle is a majestic work of nature that has life changing views from every side of the island that is surrounded by the James River. You can see the historic Hollywood Cemetery from the North Side and you can get a breathtaking view of the Richmond Skyline if you look east. The island has rock climbing, ponds, and bike trails for what seems like miles. Check out our virtual tour below and make sure you visit this historic destination as soon as you can!