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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saint Joseph’s Villa

 
 
St. Joseph's Villa Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
1. St. Joseph's Villa Marker
Inscription.  Saint Joseph’s Villa, founded 25 Nov. 1834 and incorporated 3 Oct. 1868, is one of the oldest-operating children’s institutions in the United States. For 143 years administered by the Catholic Daughters of Charity as an orphanage and girls’ school, it first was located at 4th and Marshall Streets in downtown Richmond. Boys were first admitted in 1919. Railroad magnate Maj. James H. Dooley endowed Saint Joseph’s in 1922. The current campus opened in a new facility in 1931 as the first cottage-plan orphanage in the East. The Daughters of Charity withdrew in 1977 and the Villa’s mission changed from an orphanage to multiprogram nonsectarian agency.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-108.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducation. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 25, 1834.
 
Location. 37° 38.031′ N, 77° 27.556′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia
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, in Henrico County. Marker is on Brook Road (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Parham Road (Virginia Route 73), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8121 Brook Rd, Henrico VA 23228, 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. Yellow Tavern (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Belmont (approx. 1.1 miles away); Anderson Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Grace Evelyn Arents (approx. 1.2 miles away); Gabriel's Rebellion (approx. 1.3 miles away); Outer Fortifications (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Marker along Brook Road (US 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
2. Marker along Brook Road (US 1)
St. Joseph's Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
3. St. Joseph's Church
Administration Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
4. Administration Building
Residence Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
5. Residence Hall
View through the entranceway from Route 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 5, 2008
6. View through the entranceway from Route 1
Plaque on entrance pillar image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 5, 2008
7. Plaque on entrance pillar
This entranceway has been erected in honor of Dr. Charles M. Caravati, long-time trustee, benefactor, and friend.
Dedicated October 1987
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,454 times since then and 280 times this year. Last updated on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on August 23, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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