41 Oral History/William and Martha Harkess

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.

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.

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