Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The View That Named The City
The curve of the James River and steep slope on this side of are very much like the features of the River Thames in England, at a royal village west of London called Richmond upon Thames.
William Byrd II, an important planter, merchant, politician and writer, was asked by the House of Burgesses to plan a town at the Falls of the James in the early 1730’s.
As he traveled several times to Richmond upon Thames, it is believed that the view led him to name this new town “Richmond.”
Dedicated on March 18, 2006 by
Cllr. Robin Jowit, Mayor - Richmond upon Thames
L. Douglas Wilder, Mayor – Richmond, Virginia
Richmond Sister Cities Commission
Erected 2006 by Richmond Sister Cities Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1909.
Location. 37° 31.598′ N, 77° 25.057′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Libby TerraceTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1A Libby Terrace, 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. Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument (a few steps from this marker); "Richmond" (a few steps from this marker); Libby House (within shouting distance of this marker); 5 North 29th Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 2916 Libby Terrace (within shouting distance of this marker); 3013 Libby Terrace (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bloody Run (about 400 feet away); 2710 E. Franklin Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,524 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 10, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 3. submitted on May 10, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.