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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Old State Capitol

 
 
The Old State Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2015
1. The Old State Capitol Marker
Inscription. In 1780, Virginia’s capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond to increase its accessibility and avert British attack by sea. On this corner, in commercial buildings confiscated from Loyalists, the General Assembly met until 1788. Here Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom, which decoupled religion and government, was adopted through the extraordinary efforts of Del. James Madison. This law, the model for many other states, laid the foundation for the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Here, too, Virginia relinquished its claim to the Northwest Territory and began its contentious debate over ratification of the federal Constitution.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 109.)
 
Location. 37° 32.086′ N, 77° 25.946′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South 14th Street (U.S. 60/360) and East Cary Street (Virginia Route 147), on the right when traveling south on South 14th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 South 14th Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The General Assembly of Virginia (here,
The Old State Capitol Marker (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2015
2. The Old State Capitol Marker (facing south)
next to this marker); 1300-1304 East Cary Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbian Block (about 400 feet away); George Washington’s Vision (about 500 feet away); Commercial Block (about 500 feet away); Powers-Taylor Building (about 500 feet away); Tobacco District (about 500 feet away); Bowers Brothers Coffee and Tea Building (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.PoliticsWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Old State Capitol Marker (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2015
3. The Old State Capitol Marker (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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