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.
John Marshall House at 818 E Marshall St, Richmond, Va c. 1900
Which Richmonder do you think has had the largest influence on the United States Government? ¬†It may be ¬†short list but at the top of that list, or at least near the top, has got to be John Marshall. ¬†On this episode Bobbie LeViness, Site Coordination of The John Marshall House at 818 E Marshall St discusses Marshall’s life.
Marshall built the house at 818 E Marshall St in 1790 ¬†and lived there until his death in 1835. ¬†Since the early 1900’s Preservation Virginia has owned the house and now runs it as a museum to the man who built it.
Marshall’s amazing life includes being an officer in the Continental Army and he was the first person, and still one of only a few, to serve in all 3 branches of the federal government. ¬†He is best know as the third confirmed Chief Justice of the United State. ¬†He is the longest serving and is known as the “Great Chief Justice”.
You are encouraged to visit the John Marshall House which closes during some of the colder months but reopens on Feb 28, 2014 and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Mark Greenough, Tour Supervisor and Historian at the Virginia State Capitol talks about the early days of the building. ¬†Many folks know that Thomas Jefferson designed the Virginia State Capitol, but the story is far more complicated and dramatic then a founding father dabbling in architecture.
The conversation addresses why the capital of Virginia was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond, why Thomas Jefferson designed the building, why it is where it is, what RVA was like as a young capital and much more.
In this episode, Jeff Majer sits down with the first Governor of Virginia, lawyer and Founding Father Patrick Henry at¬†St John’s Church¬†in Richmond, Va, the site of Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech. ¬†Patrick Henry is portrayed by Kevin Grantz, a re enactor from St John’s Church.