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

Monroe Park

 
 
Monroe Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 3, 2009
1. Monroe Park Marker
Inscription. In 1851 the City of Richmond planned a series of parks including Western Square now known as Monroe Park. In the 1850s it served as grounds for what became the state fair organized by the Virginia State Agricultural Society. During the Civil War it was the site of a Confederate instructional camp, and in 1864, a military hospital. In 1866, some of the city's earliest baseball games were played here. Its development as a park began in 1869 in one of Richmond's emerging fashionable neighborhoods. The park contains a pattern of walks radiating from an elaborate four-tiered, cast-iron fountain. A portion of it once was a playground and it has been the scene of political rallies, protest demonstrations, and concerts.
 
Erected 2004 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA-67.)
 
Location. 37° 32.829′ N, 77° 27.081′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Laurel Street and South Cathedral Place, on the right when traveling north on North Laurel Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jacob House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia
Monroe Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 3, 2009
2. Monroe Park Marker
(approx. mile away); Richmond Howitzers Monument (approx. mile away); Site of J. E. B. Stuart's Death (approx. 0.4 miles away); “I must save the women of Richmond!” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grace Evelyn Arents (approx. 0.4 miles away); Samuel Preston Moore (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oregon Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding Monroe Park. During the Civil War, VMI cadets under Stonewall Jackson drilled new recruits here.
 
Also see . . .
1. Monroe Park, Richmond, Va. (Submitted on July 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. VCU Libraries Digital Collections. Monroe Park, Richmond, Virginia As Seen in Vintage Postcards, 1900-1920. (Submitted on July 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
Checkers House image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 3, 2009
3. Checkers House
Central Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 3, 2009
4. Central Fountain
Wickham Monument , 1891. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 3, 2009
5. Wickham Monument , 1891.
(front) Wickham "Soldier, statesman, patriot, friend." Presented to the City of Richmond by comrades in the Confederate army and employees of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company (rear) Williams Carter Wickham September 21 - 1820. July 23 - 1888
General Fitzhugh Lee Monument, 1911. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 3, 2009
6. General Fitzhugh Lee Monument, 1911.
To commemorate the memory of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee commanding 7th Army Corps U.S.A. 1898-1899. Erected by the 7th Army Corps Veterans Assn. & Auxiliary
World War II Monument, 1951. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 3, 2009
7. World War II Monument, 1951.
In Memoriam Richmond men and women who gave their lives in the Second World War. Erected by Richmond Post No. 1 The American legion
Gen'l W.C. Wickham Monument (In Monroe Park), Richmond, Va. image. Click for full size.
By Southern Bargain House, Richmond, Va.
8. Gen'l W.C. Wickham Monument (In Monroe Park), Richmond, Va.
VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 916 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   8. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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