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
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 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
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
Buried on an otherwise humble street, the Egyptian pump house located at 2313 Wise Street stands out. Owned by the City of Richmond's Department of Public Works, the mausoleum-like structure is a surprising find in the austere area.
The exact spot where the pump house is located is a bit of a
Given the high water on the James River this past weekend, I was scouring various historical photographs of Richmond floods for the sake of comparison. I couldn't find any cooler historical image than the cover photograph of the paperback picture magazine "Hurricane Agnes.....the Richmond Flood" by C.F. Boone in 1972.
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
A friend shared the following movie short by Ken Hendricksen with me and I felt compelled to share it with our readers. Published on Jan 20, 2013, the movie short is a compilation of photographs illustrating the extent of the destruction of Richmond caused by the 1865 evacuation fire.
The images are nothing
Did you know Richmond's last remaining slave cottage was once located in Manchester at the block bounded by Porter and Commerce Rd?
After reading a fascinating post by Seldan Richardson in the The Shockoe Examiner about the Emily Winfree Cottage (it is worth the read), I decided to take a hike down to the Lumpkins jail site
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
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
Did you know the largest diamond found in North America at the time was unearthed in 1854 on the corner lot of 9th and Perry Streets in Manchester?
Mark Holmberg did a story just this week on the massive 23.75 carat walnut-sized diamond. The gem was a greenish-white color and the
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
I have an old Manchester map hanging on the wall of my office. The map is a cropped section of a larger Richmond map that is commonly referred to as the "Beers Map" or more accurately the F.W. Beers Map of 1876. My framed map is too small to make out the street names, but large enough
I came across a really cool historical photo of the fire that destroyed the Dunlop Flour Mills at the base of the Southern States silos in 1949. According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch:
"Smoldering embers and charred, jagged walls were all that remained of Dunlop Mills in South Richmond after a terrible
The Valentine announced that it is hosting a Manchester Walking Tour as part of the Richmond History Tours program on Saturday, July 9th from 10AM-12 noon. The walk will start at 201 West 7th Street, Richmond VA 23224 in front of Camden's Dogtown Market. Here are the full details from the
A beautiful equestrian fountain once sat at the intersection of Hull Street and the Petersburg Turnpike (Cowardin Avenue). According to The Valentine and its history piece on Manchester entitled "Manchester: From Sister City to South Richmond", the fountain was built in 1888 but disappeared sometime in the 1920s:
"Built in 1888, this drinking fountain provided passers-by
So I found the Civil War photo shown above in the Library of Congress archives. It is labeled as being a photo of: "Ruins of a paper mill with water-wheel "with a summary of "Photograph of the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865." Further down in the description
Did you know the most profitable railroad in the world from 1831-1850 was right here in Manchester? It was the first railroad in Virginia, and the second in the Unites States. It was built to connect the first coal mines in the Unites States located in Midlothian, to the docks
I don't know about you, but I think I prefer the Mayo Bridge thank you very much.
I wouldn't be enthusiastic about trying to cross this James River pontoon bridge with a team of horses and a heavy load on a rough day.
I wonder how much the toll was from the