Slip earned its unusual name from the creek that
once flowed through it. "Shacquohocan"
was the Indian word for the large, flat stones
at the mouth of the creek, and "slip"
refers to the area's position on the canal basin
where boats loaded their cargo.
as a small trading post by William Byrd in the
early 1600's, Shockoe Slip was the commercial
center of Richmond and most of the Western part
of the State. A young George Washington surveyed
The Kanawha Canal that ran west and became the
super waterway for goods until the Civil War.
Slip literally rose out of the ashes after retreating
Confederate troops burned most of downtown. Railroads
and highways in the next century replaced the
canals and waterways as major routes of commercial
the early 1970's an eclectic group of entrepreneurs
and architects sparked the area's second rejuvenation.
Shockoe Slip’s neighborhood has become a
prime example of urban restoration and historic
predominantly Italianate style brick and ironfront
buildings, with the ornamental renaissance-style
fountain create a European flavor.
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.