Category Short Posts with Tidbits

Virginia State Flower: Dogwood Blossom

From the state site: Virginia designated the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) as the official state floral emblem in 1918. The dogwood is a small, deciduous tree with graceful branches that bloom in spring with large showy flowers (usually greenish-white, sometimes pink or yellow). The dogwood develops red berries in autumn, and the leaves also turn […]

costume of civil war soldier

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 […]