Adams-Van Lew House

Adams-Van Lew House (HMADH)

Location: Richmond, VA 23223
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 31.884', W 77° 25.244'

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Richmond mayor Dr. John Adams built a mansion here in 1802. It became the residence of Elizabeth Van Lew (1818-1900) whose father obtained it in 1836. During the Civil War, Elizabeth Van Lew led a Union espionage operation. African Americans, such as Van Lew's associate Mary Jane Richards (whose story closely parallels that of legendary spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser), served in Richmond's Unionist underground. Van Lew served as postmaster of Richmond from 1869 to 1877. Maggie Lena Walker, nationally known African American businesswoman, banker, and leader of the Independent Order of St. Luke, was born here by 1867. The house was razed in 1911 and in 1912 the Bellevue School was erected in its place.
Marker NumberSA 69
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 8:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286104 N 4156578
Decimal Degrees37.53140000, -77.42073333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.884', W 77° 25.244'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 53.04" N, 77° 25' 14.64" W
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Area Code(s)757, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2301-2399 E Grace St, Richmond VA 23223, US
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