From the Richmond Whig, 4/10/1865
POINTS AND OBJECTS
OF INTEREST. – There are many points and objects in Richmond interesting to
the tourist and artist that would perhaps escape their special attention unless
directed by the local press.
The old stone
mansion on the north side of Main street, near 20th, was, prior to
the days of the Revolution, the boarding house of President Madison during his
school-boy days, where he was visited by Washington, Jefferson, and other
colleagues and friends. The mansion is in an excellent state of preservation,
and the interior only has undergone slight improvement and renovation.
The second, and
perhaps as great an object of curiosity and interest, is the large three-story
stove in the rotunda of the Capitol, imported from England in the time of the
Colonies, and in use ever since – first in the House of Burgesses of Virginia.
The third is the
old St. John’s Episcopal Church on Church Hill, in which Patrick Henry gave
utterance to that remarkable speech in the days of the Revolution – “Give me
liberty or give me death!”
The others are the
frame building on 9th, opposite Capitol street, in which Patrick
Henry kept his law office, and the foster home of Edgar Allan Poe, near the
corner of Main and 5th streets. – There are other objects that
would be interesting to the curious, but they can easily be found out by those
disposed to seek them.