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

"Richmond"

 
 
"Richmond" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
1. "Richmond" Marker
Inscription.  William Byrd II of Westover, owner of the land around the falls of the James River, wrote in his diary on September 19, 1733:

…we laid the foundations of two large Citys. One at Shacco’s, to be called Richmond and the other at the point of Appamattux River to be named Petersburgh. …Thus we did not build Castles only, but also Citys in the Air.

Byrd, who had lived and been educated in England, chose the name “Richmond” for his new city because the view of the James from this hill reminded him of the curve of the Thames at Richmond west of London.
 
Erected 1990 by Church Hill Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 37° 31.593′ N, 77° 25.044′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Libby Terrace and North 29th Street, on the right when traveling east on Libby Terrace. 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. The View That Named The City (a few steps from this
"Richmond" Marker Stone image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
2. "Richmond" Marker Stone
marker); Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Libby House (within shouting distance of this marker); 5 North 29th Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 2916 Libby Terrace / Langstedt House (within shouting distance of this marker); 3013 Libby Terrace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bloody Run (about 300 feet away); 2710 E. Franklin Street (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
View of the James River from Libby Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
3. View of the James River from Libby Hill
James River below Libby Hill Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
4. James River below Libby Hill Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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