Tour of Richmond
Apr 2, 2016Public
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Photo: Ulric Dahlgren (April 3, 1842 – March 2, 1864) was a colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War. In 1864, he led an unsuccessful raid on the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, and was killed. The failed raid resulted in the Dahlgren Affair after incriminating documents were discovered on Dahlgren's corpse.
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Photo: In February 1864 a young Union officer, Col. Ulric Dahlgren, joined with Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick to raid Richmond and free Federal prisoners of war. They planned for Kilpatrick's men to attack the city's northern defenses while Dahlgren would lead his men through Goochland County, cross the James River, and enter the city from the south. A local African American, Martin Robinson escorted the troopers to a nearby ford but the water was too high to cross. Suspecting trickery, Dahlgren hanged him near here on 1 March, and then attacked the city from the west. Defeated, he rode east in search of Kilpatrick and was killed the next day in King and Queen County.
Photo: Tuckahoe Plantation, Richmond VA. The grounds around the house include outbuildings: the schoolhouse where Thomas Jefferson was educated, a kitchen house, slave quarters, smokehouse, storehouse, stable, and the cemeteries of the Randolph and Wight families.
Photo: Tuckahoe Plantation "Thomas Jefferson was here" plaque.
Photo: "Give me liberty, or give me death!" is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. - "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, it's to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me LIBERTY or give me DEATH"
Photo: Looking from Libby Hill down towards the James River is said to be "The View That Named Richmond." William Byrd II is said to have thought that this view resembled the view of Richmond upon Thames in England. There is a plaque on Libby Hill that states the following: The curve of the James River and steep slope on this side are very much like the features of the River Thames in England, a royal village west of London called Richmond upon Thames. William Byrd II, an important planter, merchant, politician and writer, was asked by the House of Burgesses to plan a town at the Falls of the James in the early 1730s. As he had traveled several times to Richmond upon Thames, it is believed that the view led him to name this new town 'Richmond.
Photo: About 1656, six or seven hundred members of the Shackoconian tribe of the Manahoac confederacy in search of a new dwelling place, moved down near the falls of the James River (Virginia). In an attempt to remove them the English Colonists, joined by the Pamunkey Tribe under Totopotomoi, precipitated what was perhaps the bloodiest Native American battle ever fought on the soil of Virginia, and the last great fight between the Siouan and the Algonquian tribes. Colonel Edward Hill was put in command of the Colonial Rangers and ordered to dislodge them. He was reinforced by Totopotomoi, with 100 warriors.
Photo: The University of Richmond is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts college located on the border of the city of Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia. The University of Richmond (UR or U of R) is a primarily undergraduate, residential university with approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students in five schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the University of Richmond School of Law and the School of Professional & Continuing Studies
Photo: Approaching University of Richmond. During the American Civil War, the entire student body formed a regiment and joined the Confederate army. Richmond College's buildings were used as a hospital for Confederate troops and later as a Union barracks. The college invested all of its funds in Confederate war bonds, and the outcome of the war left it bankrupt. In 1866, James Thomas donated $5,000 to reopen the college. The T.C. Williams School of Law opened in 1870.
Photo: Agecroft Hall, once stood in Lancashire, England, had its beginnings in the late 15th century. For centuries, it was the home of the distinguished English Langley and Dauntesey families, during the tempestuous yet brilliant Tudor and Stuart ages, when England was taking its place among the major powers of Europe and the New World. Agecroft stood proudly during the reigns of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and James I, the namesake of the river that flows past Agecroft's banks here in Richmond, Virginia. By the mid-1920's, the building in Lancashire had deteriorated largely due to coal mining in its vicinity, and the structure was bought by the successful Richmond businessman T.C. Williams Jr., dismantled, and shipped across the Atlantic to Richmond, where it has stood since 1926-27.
Photo: Agecroft Hall: After decades of service as a private residence, it then became a house museum with glorious gardens, all of which pay tribute to the Elizabethan Age.
Photo: Located next door to Agecroft Hall, Virginia House is a 16th-century English manor that was dismantled and relocated to Richmond. It served as the home of Ambassador and Mrs. Alexander Weddell from 1928 to 1948.
Photo: Virginia House was completed a few months before the stock market crash of 1929. Designed by Alexander and Virginia Weddell, the home is situated on a hillside overlooking the historic James River and was constructed from the materials of a sixteenth century English manor house. Although Virginia House was a blend of three romantic English Tudor designs, it was for its time a thoroughly modern home complete with seven full baths, central heat, modern kitchen, and commodious closets.
Photo: Jefferson's serpentine walls, just one brick thick, gained strength from their curving structure and represented an attempt to meld beauty and utility.