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

Historic Shockoe Valley

 
 
Historic Shockoe Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 4, 2019
1. Historic Shockoe Valley Marker
Inscription.  Richmond is one (of) America's most historic cities. Captain John Smith was among the first Europeans to visit in 1607, and William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond laid out the original street pattern.

This 1862 photograph by Matthew Brady, shows Shockoe Valley from the Taylor's Hill overlook. In the distance is the classical Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson. It houses the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continually meeting legislative body in the United States.

Monumental Church, one of America's earliest Greek Revival churches, is on Broad Street at the right edge of the picture. It honors the 72 who perished on that site in the theatre fire of 1811.

The Adam Craig House (1784 to 1787) is in the grove of trees at the right center. It is considered the second oldest structure in the City.

Shockoe Valley was the center of the domestic slave trade until 1865. The wagons in the middle of the view were lined up at Seabrook Warehouse. Behind it and to the right is the notorious slave market, Lumpkin's Jail, known as 'Hell's Half Acre'.
 
Erected
High-angle view toward the capitol <i>NARA 111-B-35</i> image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, April 1865
2. High-angle view toward the capitol NARA 111-B-35
2018 by The Betty Moore Legacy Fund COR-DPR & CF.
 
Location. 37° 31.966′ N, 77° 25.373′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on East Grace Street west of North 22nd Street when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richmond Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Street Burying Grounds (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); 2307 E. Broad Street (about 800 feet away); Adams-Van Lew House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate General Hospital No. 12 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Asbury (approx. 0.2 miles away); To Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Historic Shockoe Valley” (Submitted on October 5, 2019.) 
 
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Historic Shockoe Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 4, 2019
3. Historic Shockoe Valley Marker
Historic Shockoe Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 4, 2019
4. Historic Shockoe Valley Marker
Historic Shockoe Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 4, 2019
5. Historic Shockoe Valley Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on July 30, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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