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Richmond, Virginia, USA - Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by E

The present state capital in Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy.

Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric street railway transit agency. It was formed in 1888 at Richmond.

Patrick Henry made his "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" speech in St. John's Church in Richmond.

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Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rive
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872
Scene on the Canal

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Scene on the Canal

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872
Byrd Street (Union) Depot, Richmond, Va.
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Byrd Street (Union) Depot, Richmond, Va.
Washington Monument, Capitol Square, Richmond, Va.
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Washington Monument, Capitol Square, Richmond, Va.
Old St. Paul's Church and New Parish House, Richmond, Va.
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Old St. Paul's Church and New Parish House, Richmond, Va.

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1733 - Richmond, Virginia founded

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1771 - Richmond flooded


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1775 - Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech before the second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church (formerly Henrico Parish) in Richmond on March 23, 1775.

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1779 - Capital moved from Williamsburg to Richmond


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1781 - January 5 - British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Va

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1800 - August 30 - Gabriel Prosser leads a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia

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1807 - May 22 - Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond Va (acquitted)

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1811 - Theater Fire
1811 - December 26 - A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.

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The City of Richmond was officially part of Henrico County until 1842, when it became a fully independent city.

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1854 - Richmond
Richmond, a city, port of entry, capital of Virginia, and seat of justice of Henrico county, is situated on the left or X. E. bank of James river, at the lower falls, and at the head of tide-water, about 100 miles in a straight line S. by W. from Washington. The distance by railroad is 130 miles from Washington; 168 from Baltimore, and 22 N. from Petersburg. Lat. of the capitol, 37° 32' 17" N., Ion. 77° 27' 28" W. It is the largest town in Virginia, and one of the most beautiful in the Union. The situation of the city and the scenery of the environs are much admired, combining, in a high degree, the elements of grandeur, beauty, and variety. The river, winding among verdant hills which rise with graceful swells and undulations, is interrupted by numerous islands and granite rocks, among which it tumbles and foams for a distance of several miles. The city is built on several hills, the most considerable of which are Shockoe and Richmond hills, separated from each other by Shockoe... Read MORE...

January 18, 1857 - A great cold storm swept across the Atlantic Seaboard.
Snowfall totals of 12 inches were common, whole gales caused shipwrecks and damage property on islands, and temperatures near zero prevailed from Virginia northward. Great drifts of snow blocked transportation. Richmond VA was cut off from Washington DC for a week.
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January 18, 1857
1858 - August 24 - Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning

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August 24, 1858
1861 - May 8 - Richmond Va, is named the capital of the Confederacy

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May 8, 1861
1863 - April 2 - Bread revolt in Richmond Virginia

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April 2, 1863
1865 - April 2 - CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA

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1867 - April 24 - Black demonstrators stage ride-ins on Richmond Va streetcars

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1868 - Indictments have been found at Richmond, Va., against thirty revenue officers, for fraud.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 18, 1868
1869 - President's Carriage
A Richmond, Va., junk dealer has sent forward to Boston, to be exhibited at the Peace Jubilee, the old family carriage of Jeff. Davis, used during his Presidency of the Confederate States.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869
1888 - Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric street railway transit agency. It was formed in 1888 at Richmond.

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1889 - April 3 - Savings Bank of Order of True Reformers opens in Richmond, Va

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1892 - KILLED BY LIGHTNING
A Man, His Wife and Three Children Found Dead at Richmond, Va.

A family of five persons were killed by lightning a few nights ago at Richmond, Va. They were asleep in their two-story residence, just beyond the eastern corporate limits of the city, when struck. The bedroom was in the upper story. The building was isolated and the windows were raised. The house was set on fire, and the tragedy was discovered by fire issuing from the roof.

The persons killed were DALE EMMETT, thirty-one; ALICE EMMETT, thirty-two; LILIE EMMETT, six; NORMAN EMMETT, three, and a seven months old infant. The father was a carpenter, who, with his friends were there from Westmoreland County, Penna., about a year ago.

When the rescuers reached the room by ladders, MR. EMMETT, his wife and baby, lay in bed, while near by were smouldering[sic] the remains of his six and three year old children.

The family were buried next day, three hearses carrying the bodies to the... Read MORE...

1895 - Richmond
Richmond, a city and port of entry of Virginia, the capital of the state, and the county seat of Henrico co., is situated on the N. bank of James River, at the lower falls, and at the head of tide-water, about 100 miles from its mouth. It is built on several hills, and is surrounded by beautiful and varied scenery. It is about 100 miles in a straight line S. by W. from Washington, 116 miles from that city by rail, and 22 miles N. of Petersburg. Lat. of capitol, 37° 32' 17" N.; lon. 77° 27' 28" W. It is connected with Manchester, on the S. side of the river, by 4 bridges. A bridge also connects it with Belle Isle. The chief thorough fares run N.W. and S.E., nearly parallel with the river front. The capitol and most of the other public buildings are on Shockoe Hill, the top of which is a plain overlooking the river. The capitol building was finished in 1796, and from its size and elevation is the most conspicuous object in the city. In the capitol grounds are the Foley bronze of General ... Read MORE...

1900 - Richmond on the James by William Wirt Henry
"And in regions far
Such heroes bring ye forth
As those from whom we come,
And plant our name
Under that star
Not known to our North."
DRAYTON.

On the ? of April, 1606, a patent was issued by James I. of England to Sir Thomas Gates, Sir George. Somers and others for the establishment of a colony in Virginia. The charter prescribed that it was to be managed by a council of thirteen persons, under the direction of a council of thirteen in England. On December the 19th of that year, one hundred and nine years after the discovery of North America by Cabot, three small vessels, the Susan Constant, the God Sped and the Discovery, sailed for the New World, bearing one hundred and twelve passengers and a crew of thirty nine men.

They encountered many perils by sea, having bad weather and losing their reckoning, but the 26th of April, 1607, brought them to the shores of Chesapeake Bay, and they soon entered a noble stream called by the natives the "Powhatan," but renamed by them... Read MORE...

1906
Richmond, an independent city and port of entry of Virginia, the capital of the state, formerly in Henrico co., is situated on the N. bank of the James River, at the lower falls, and at the head of tide- water, 125 miles above its mouth and 100 miles in a straight line S. by W. of Washington. Lat. of capitol, 37° 32' 17" N. ; Lon. 77° 27' 28" W. It is connected with Manchester, on the S. side of the river, by several bridges, and the city is also connected by bridge with Belle Isle. The chief railroads centring in or passing through Richmond are the Chesapeake and Ohio, the Southern, the Atlantic Coast, the Norfolk and Western, and the Seaboard Air lines. The city has direct steamer communication with New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other ports. Richmond, which is one of the most interesting cities of the southern United States, and the chief industrial centre of its state, is regularly laid out, and contains a number of imposing public edifices. Occupying a nearly central... Read MORE...

1910 - KILLED BY LIVE WIRE.
Richmond Lineman Touched 3,000-Voltage Current With Ungloved Hand.

Special to The Washington Post.
Richmond, Va., June 21. - In sight of fellow-workmen Grover C. Weber, 25 years old, a lineman, was electrocuted when he caught a 3,000-voltage wire with his ungloved hand this afternoon. He was on a high ladder at the sandhouse of the Virginia Passenger and Power Company, and his body was held until the current was turned off.

Weber had the reputation of being the most reckless of workmen, and many times had been warned by his fellow-workmen. He was the sole support of his widowed mother and two sisters.
The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.
June 22, 1910
1910 - Students Have Narrow Escapes in College Fire
Richmond, Va., Dec. 25 - The north wing of Ryland Hall, the main building of Richmond College, erected in 1854, was ruined by fire of unknown origin at an early hour today. The estimated loss is $60,000, covered by insurance. Many students had narrow escapes but none was hurt.
Boston Journal
Boston, Massachusetts
December 26, 1910
1935 - January 24 – The first canned beer is sold in Richmond, Virginia, United States, by Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company

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January 24, 1935
1948 - April 22 - WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1972 - June 7 - Richmond VA experienced its worst flood of record as rains from Hurricane Agnes pushed the water level at the city locks to a height of 36.5 feet, easily topping the previous record of thirty feet set in 1771.

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June 7, 1972
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Richmond:
Virginia State Capitol: Start your exploration of Richmond's history at the State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson. Take a tour to learn about its historical significance and enjoy the beautiful architecture.

Maymont: This 100-acre estate features a Gilded Age mansion, stunning gardens, and a variety of animals, including bears, bison, and birds of prey. It's a great place for a leisurely stroll or a family picnic.

Hollywood Cemetery: This historic cemetery is the final resting place for several famous figures, including two U.S. Presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler. The picturesque grounds are perfect for a peaceful walk.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Explore the beautiful gardens and conservatory at Lewis Ginter. It's a lovely place to enjoy nature, with seasonal events and garden exhibitions.

Museum of Fine Arts: Art lovers will appreciate the extensive collection of art, spanning from ancient Egypt to the present day. It's free to enter and offers a fantastic... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Richmond, Virginia, USA

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male ancestorWilliam STROTHER (1630, , England (United Kingdom) - 4 November 1702, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorArchdale COMBS (16 November 1641, Soulbury Aylesbury Vale District Buckinghamshire, England - 1684, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
female ancestorElizabeth KING? WOODGAYE? (1650, Richmond, Virginia, USA - 17 June 1717, St Stephens Parish, Northumberland, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorWilliam FINNELL (1653, , Virginia, USA - 1695, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorBernard GAINES (1670, , Virginia, USA - 18 March 1747, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorFrancis TRIPLETT (1671, Rappahannock, Virginia, USA - 1725, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
female ancestorMary BROWNE (1675, , Virginia, USA - 1735, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
female ancestorMargaret THORNTON (2 April 1678, Richmond, Virginia, USA - 1 August 1727, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorEdward EIDSON (7 October 1680, , County Dublin, Ireland - 5 February 1732, Richmond, Virginia, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Richmond, Virginia, USA

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male ancestorVincent CRASK (4 April 1767 - 6 November 1805) and female ancestorSarah Martha WILSON (5 March 1766 - 5 January 1855) married 30 April 1785
male ancestorRobert Drake SCULL (22 May 1924 - 3 November 1968) and female ancestorJoan Elizabeth LANGLOIS (22 July 1926 - 31 July 2013) married 6 November 1947

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