The Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol (HM1K6U)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.086', W 77° 25.946'

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In 1780, Virginia's capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond to increase its accessibility and avert British attack by sea. On this corner, in commercial buildings confiscated from Loyalists, the General Assembly met until 1788. Here Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom, which decoupled religion and government, was adopted through the extraordinary efforts of Del. James Madison. This law, the model for many other states, laid the foundation for the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Here, too, Virginia relinquished its claim to the Northwest Territory and began its contentious debate over ratification of the federal Constitution.
HM NumberHM1K6U
Marker NumberSA 109
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285079 N 4156978
Decimal Degrees37.53476667, -77.43243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.086', W 77° 25.946'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 5.16" N, 77° 25' 56.76" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 64-98 US-60, Richmond VA 23219, US
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