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Ancarrow’s Landing: Former Home of the Fastest Pleasure Boats in the World

Named for legendary James River conservationist Newton Ancarrow, Manchester's Ancarrow's Landing is a popular fishing, boating, and mountain biking spot. But did you know it was also once home to the construction of the fastest pleasure boats in the world? Centuries of imports and exports-and both pain and pleasure-passed through the old

Why Black Deserves to Be a Color of the Rainbow

My wife Laura and I decided to purchase and renovate an old house on Decatur Street in Manchester. The house was listed for sale by an African-American family as part of an estate sale. At 3,176 square feet, it is a very large house for the area. To make the

Baseball on Mayo Island?

Did you know there used to be a baseball stadium on Mayo Island? If so, have you ever wondered why it isn't still there? Fire and floods are the answer. Sterling Hundley of Virginia Living did an article on the subject with an awesome illustration of Lou Gehrig hitting a home

The Old Churches of Manchester

Manchester has some grand old churches. And for a fairly compact area, the architectural diversity of these houses of worship is quite impressive. Here are a few worth mentioning: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Community Bainbridge Street Baptist Church Central United Methodist Church Church of God of Prophecy First Baptist Church of

Why Did Richmond Annex Manchester?

Did you know that Manchester was an independent city until it was annexed by the City of Richmond in 1910? If so, did you ever wonder why Manchester agreed to consolidate? As you could probably guess, it all came down to money. There were two arguments on the matter, and public

Hull Street: Then and Now

Hull Street is experiencing a bit of a rebirth lately. It is fascinating to see how things have changed over the last 100 years. Some of the old buildings haven't survived. Many have. It will be interesting to see if some of the blank parcels and parking lots where buildings once

A Trolley for Manchester?

There is talk of bringing back the trolley that used to connect Manchester to Chesterfield County along the Jefferson Davis Highway. Or at least Chesterfield is talking about it. And while it might seem like a bit of a pipe dream, how cool would it be to see trolleys running

Eyes to the Sky on Hull Street

Construction is really picking up at the 1200 block of Hull Street. The crane in the image was installing HVAC units on the roof of 1213 Hull Street just this morning. This particualr building was originally the Jones-Green Shoe Company in the early 1900s. It also converted to Singer sewing machine store as evidenced

City of Richmond Continues to Allow Raw Sewage to Dump Into James River from Mayo’s Island

In 1972 the floodwaters from Hurricane Agnes completely submerged Mayo's Island and The Mayo Bridge. To gain a perspective on just how bad it was, check out the current day Google Street View image from approximately the same angle looking southwest from the I-95 bridge. Hurricane Agnes also wasn't kind to large

Manchester Has a Long History with Grain

There is apparently a long history of grain in Manchester. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch in reference to the above picture: "In June 1952, trucks loaded with wheat during the harvest season had a long wait – including along the Mayo Bridge – to reach the Cargill Inc. grain elevator at

Austin Healy on Hull

This March 18th, 1959 photograph of an Austin Healy on Hull Street is pretty darn cool! The building shown in the 1959 photograph at 1200-1202 Hull Street no longer remains, but all of the other structures in the photograph have survived. The furniture store building at 1204-1206 Hull Street is unrecognizable given the