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

Samuel Pleasants Parsons House

 
 
Samuel Pleasants Parsons House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
1. Samuel Pleasants Parsons House Marker
Inscription.  Completed in 1819, 601 Spring Street was the home of Samuel Pleasants Parsons (1783-1842). Parsons, a Quaker, was an early reform-minded superintendent (1816-1822, 1824-1832) of the Virginia State Penitentiary, formerly located across Belvidere Street. The Parsons family was part of a network of important Richmond Quaker families that were collectively involved in a series of abolition and prison reform activities. Parsons later served as a superintendent for the James River and Kanawha Company and was a founder of the Mechanicsville Turnpike. The house is a part of the Oregon Hill Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA-62.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRCharity & Public WorkChurches & ReligionLaw EnforcementRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism ⛪ series list.
 
Location.
Spring Street (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
2. Spring Street (facing west)
37° 32.344′ N, 77° 26.978′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Street and South Belvidere Street (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling west on Spring Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Spring Street, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia State Penitentiary (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Miller House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grace Evelyn Arents (approx. ¼ mile away); The Canal and the Civil War (approx. ¼ mile away); Rail Lines at Tredegar (approx. ¼ mile away); Worker Housing (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Oregon Hill Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker replaced after being destroyed years ago.
This historic highway marker was destroyed in a vehicle accident a few years ago and has been replaced this week, courtesy of the Oregon Hill Home Improvement Council.
    — Submitted August 23, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
Samuel Parsons Condominiums image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
3. Samuel Parsons Condominiums
Samuel Parsons House image. Click for full size.
4. Samuel Parsons House
Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS VA,44-RICH,78-]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,228 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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