Phillip Barnard is the guest on this episode talking about the history of one of the most under rated historic buildings in RVA, Masons’ Hall. It is one of a handful of 18th century buildings in the area. During the early days of the city it was an early site for elections and courts, and a one of the sites to house debates on the constitution.
These topics and more are covered in this, part one. Part 2 mostly covers the building’s role during the War of 1812, the Civil War and beyond.
This special Civil War 150th episode features Mike Gorman, talking about the fall of Richmond that began April 2, 1865 and the evacuation fire that followed. The fire will destroy somewhere between 800-1000 buildings. The fall of the Capitol of the Confederacy does not end the Civil War but the writing is on the wall. Gorman is a Historian and Park Ranger with the Richmond National Battlefield Parks.
Walker is best know as the first black woman to charter a bank in the US,* but she is much more than that. Her mother was a former enslaved woman and her father was a Confederate yet she becomes a nationally know figure who rocked the boat of Jim Crow and pushed her community forward.
This episode features Mark Greenough, The Tour Supervisor and Historian at the Virginia State Capitol discussing the Virginia State Capitol during the Civil War. This is part 1 of the conversation focusing on Virginia before secession, secession, the settling of Richmond as the Confederate capital and the Confederate government’s move to Virginia’s Capitol building.
Part 2 will be released on January 15.
This is Greenough’s second appearance on History Replays Today. On Episode 5 he discussed the move of Virginia’s capital from Williamsburg to Richmond and the construction of Jefferson’s “Temple on the Hill”. All archived episodes are available for free on iTunes or where ever you listen to podcasts.
This episode features Frank Robinson, the President and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden talking about Lewis Ginter and his legacy. Lewis Ginter not only helped shape the tobacco industry in America and built the Jefferson Hotel, but he can also be considered the father of the north side of Richmond, VA.
The link to Lewis Ginter’s blog post that has the picture of the bear cages can be found here.
Ashley Luskey, Park Ranger at the Richmond National Battlefield Parks talks about the under belly of Richmond during the Civil War. Becoming the Capitol of the Confederacy brings massive change. The rise in population and social fluctuations brings about prostitution, drunkenness, murder, opportunists, and even cross dressing. Luskey does many tours including on this topic and will be one of the historians leading tours about the Civil War 150th battles in the area like New Market Heights between 9/27/14-9/30/14. More information can be found at http://www.nps.gov/rich/planyourvisit/fortharrison150th.htm
Bryce Van Stavern, the Supervisor of White House Operations at the Museum of the Confederacy discusses the use of balloons for reconnaissance during the American Civil War on this episode. It can be said this was the first United States Air Force and they flew just outside of Richmond.
Richmond is home to the 6th synagogue established in the US and the Jewish community has been a major part of the city’s history. On this episode, Grace Zell, a Docent and Administrative Assistant at the Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives discusses the story with History Replays Today.
Topics include but are not limited to the earliest days of the city when it’s earliest Jews settled in Church Hill, Judah Benjamin, who has been called the “Brains of the Confederacy”, the Thalhimers who created one of the largest department stores in Virginia, the first jewish burial ground in Virginia and the only Jewish Civil War Burial ground any where.