This episode is being reposted for the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech at St John’s Church in Church Hill. ¬†The speech was delivered 3/23/1775. The conversation is with Kevin Grantz¬†who¬†normally played George Washington at St John’s reenactments of the Liberty or Death speech, but he did a great job with Henry.
We talk about Henry’s whole life, not just the liberty or Death speech.
On this episode, the senior pastor at Richmond Hill, The Rev Ben Campbell talks about the history of the community. Founded in 1987, Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community in Richmond’s historic Church Hill. It¬†is housed in the former¬†Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria¬†monastery. ¬†The location has been spiritually significant for thousands of years.
Campbell is also the author of the great book Richmond’s Unhealed History. ¬†It is available where ever you buy books or at Richmond Hill.
The view of the Shockoe Valley from Richmond Hills garden
This Latrobe drawing from 1797 form Maryland Historical Society shows the home on the Scott family estate called Hermitage that where Scott’s Addition is today. ¬†Gen Winfield Scott inherited it from his father in law John Mayo.
On this episode William and Martha Harkess discuss growing up in Richmond, VA. They are both 84 years old. ¬†Martha was born in NC, but¬†moved to Scott’s Addition with her family when she was about 3. ¬†Later her family moved to the Carytown area where William grew up.
They discuss what life was like in Scott’s Addition starting in the 1930’s, including the old skating rink and Moore’s Field which hosted the Richmond Colts baseball club and car races. ¬†Much of the conversation covers their life in Carytown. ¬†Their memories of the Byrd¬†Theater, recycling before recycling was a thing, the horse farm where the Carytown Kroger is today, the first McDonald’s in RVA, and some of William’s pranks are a few of the topics covered.