Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The large building before you was constructed in 1909 as a Federal weather station. It houses the Chimborazo Medical Museum, which tells the story of both the Confederate medical service and the dozens of Richmond’s other wartime hospitals.
“The buildings were separated from each other by wide alleys or streets, ample spaces for drives or walks, and a wide street around entire camp or hospital. The hospital presented the appearance of a large town, imposing and attractive, with its alignments of buildings kept whitened with lime, streets and alleys clean, and with its situation on such an elevated point it commanded a grand, magnificent and pleasing view….” Dr. John R. Gildersleeve
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Location. 37° 31.614′ N, 77° 24.719′ W. Marker is in Richmond Touch for map. This marker is located in front of the Richmond National Battlefield Park Chimborazo Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3215 East Broad Street, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richmond's Civil War Hospitals (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chimborazo Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Bloody Run (about 300 feet away); Strengthen the Arm of Liberty (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Chimborazo Hospital (about 800 feet away); Powhatan Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lewis Doughty House (approx. ¼ mile away); "Richmond" (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. The background photograph carries this caption, "This 1865 image is one of only two known photographs of Chimborazo Hospital. This site was named for Mount Chimborazo, a dormant volcano in Ecuador."
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Confederate Hospital” (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Chimborazo Hospital. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Civil War Richmond. Information about Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, VA during the Civil War. (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,026 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.