Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Residential Life at R. E. Lee Camp, No.1
R. E. Lee Camp, No.1
— Confederate Soldiers’ Home —
“We have a home in the true sense of the word for the old boys.”
Near this area was once the central commons of the Confederate soldiers’ home. Around the oak-filled park stood the administration building, barracks, dining hall, hospital, recreation hall, steam plant, and assorted outbuildings. The superintendent’s house, nine residential cottages, and a chapel formed an arc
For residents, life revolved around a semi-military routine of drills, chores, and inspection. Leisure activities included storytelling and card playing, as well as occasional lectures, musicales, and visits from schoolchildren. In 1904 resident Benjamin J. Rogers described the camp as a “home in the true sense,” noting:
Our rooms are furnished with two single iron bedsteads … good mattress, bureau, washstand, pitcher and bowl, and two chambers. We are required to sweep them out every morning and carry out our slops…. They give us a hat, over coat, full suit of uniform, four pair shoes a year, soap, tobacco, chewing or smoking … undershirts and drawers, top shirts … socks, towels and color handkerchiefs.
Home for Needy Confederate Women
The monumental limestone building to the west was built in 1932 as a residence for destitute female relatives of Confederate veterans. After relocating the home’s final inhabitants to a nursing facility in 1989, the Commonwealth set aside the property for use by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Today the renovated and renamed Pauley Center houses museum offices and meeting rooms.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 33.388′ N, 77° 28.553′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from North Sheppard Street east of Hanover Avenue. Located behind the Pauley Center at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 North Sheppard Street, Richmond VA 23221, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Confederate Soldiers' Home (here, next to this marker); The Home For Needy Confederate Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Memorial Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Confederate Memorial Chapel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robinson House (about 400 feet away); Park Lane (about 700 feet away); 101 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arnold’s Picket Driven In (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named Confederate Soldiers' Home (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. The Home for Needy Confederate Women. Virginia Heritage, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library (Submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Richmond Then and Now - The Southland's House of Memories. Confederate Home for Women Is 'Living, Breathing (Submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Home for Needy Confederate Women (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.