Last Saturday, July 9th I went on the Manchester walking tour led by Liz from The Valentine. It was the inaugural tour of the season and although I knew some of the history already, I did learn some new things as well. We started out at Camden’s Dogtown Market and proceeded south across Commerce Road into the residential neighborhood of Manchester. The tour did a loop that continued through the neighborhood (west of Hull) over to Hull Street, through Blackwell (east of Hull) and then down into the industrial section of Manchester.
All in all, the tour was two hours long and going on foot was a great way to better learn about the neighborhood. The group was a total of fifteen RVA enthusiasts who wanted to learn more about Manchester. They all seemed to walk away from the tour with a greater appreciation of the area and its underlying potential.
The following photos showcase some of the notable areas of interest along the tour. This included the Archibald Freeland House which is the oldest and biggest house in Manchester built in the 1770’s as well as the Anderson home. The Anderson home is an example of what was most common back in antebellum times regarding wood frame structures that were throughout Manchester. Other examples include the old Trolley Station that housed City of Richmond trollies needing repair, as well as the old industrial manufacturing buildings that are now being converted into apartments.
Thank you to The Valentine for showcasing Manchester as the inaugural tour of the season. RVA get out and explore your old neighborhoods and start with Manchester. This neighborhood has a lot to offer for living the urban lifestyle in Richmond. A place to truly work, live, play and enjoy city living. Let’s bring back life to our Richmond City and live more sustainably for the health and well being of not only us but for our environment.
Photo credits – Laura Dyer Hild