“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Mary Randolph

(9 Aug. 1762 - 23 Jan. 1828)

Mary Randolph Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andy Walker, September 21, 2008
1. Mary Randolph Marker
Inscription.  Mary Randolph, a native of Chesterfield County and author of the first American regional cookbook, lived nearby at Presquile Plantation during the last two decades of the 18th century after her marriage to David Meade Randolph in 1782. The couple then moved to Richmond, where Mary Randolph's reputation as cook, hostess, and entrepreneur flourished. They later moved to Washington, D. C. In 1824, she published The Virginia Housewife, an important collection of recipes and advice that has been reprinted many times since. In her book, Mary Randolph revealed not only her own culinary genius but also the rich and diverse heritage of early American cuisine
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-267.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceWomen. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1782.
Location. 37° 19.184′ N, 77° 18.416′ W.
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Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on East Hundred Road (Virginia Route 10) 0.1 miles west of Allied Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is near the community of Rivermont just north of Hopewell City. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VA 23836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bermuda Hundred (here, next to this marker); Opposunoquonuske (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Thomas Lygon (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Tribute to the Heroic Women of the South (approx. ¾ mile away); Weston Manor (approx. ¾ mile away); The Army of the James Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 1.1 miles away); City Point National Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
Mary Randolph Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Mary Randolph Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,595 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 22, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 30, 2023