Category Historical people of Richmond

William Byrd: Father of Richmond

The city of Richmond was founded in 1737 by William Byrd, II, who is known as the Father of Richmond. Byrd, who was also a Colonel, had inherited the land on both sides of the James River from his father (who died when William was only 30) and helped build the city  with his friend, William Mayo, who made […]

Edgar Allen Poe grew up in Richmond

The Edgar Allen Poe museum can be found in Richmond, VA. It opened in 1922 in what is called, The Old Stone House.  The museum is only blocks away from Poe’s first Richmond home and his first place of employment, which is the Southern Literary Messenger. I do not personally care for Poe’s work, but […]