Origins of Richmond

Origins of Richmond (HMADG)

Location: Richmond, VA 23223
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.024', W 77° 25.617'

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There was "no place so strong, so pleasant, and delightful in Virginia, for which we called it None-such." So wrote Captain John Smith about the site he chose in 1609 when he established the first English settlement near the falls of the James River. It stood a few miles south until 1610. William Byrd I founded the second settlement when he patented land here in 1676. He soon built a fortified community, trading post, and warehouses just across the river near the mouth of Goode Creek. In 1737 his son, William Byrd II, laid out Richmond—which he named for Richmond upon Thames, now a borough of London—here in the Shockoe valley.
Marker NumberSA 39
Year Placed1993
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 7:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285561 N 4156851
Decimal Degrees37.53373333, -77.42695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.024', W 77° 25.617'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 1.44" N, 77° 25' 37.02" W
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Area Code(s)757, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 32-98 US-360, Richmond VA 23223, US
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