PHOTOS: More hidden landmarks in Richmond Landmarks

Posted on: 9:40 pm, April 7, 2012, by and , updated on: 08:04am, June 23, 2012

Take another tour with me to see some of the most interesting and least known landmarks in the Richmond area. Have you seen these before?

– Greg McQuade

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  • You may think you're in Cairo, but you're on the campus of VCU Medical Center. Nestled among towering medical buildings you find the Egyptian Building. It was built in 1845 and is one of the best examples of Egyptian Revival style in the country. It is a National Historic Landmark.

  • At the corner of 9th and East Grace Streets you'll find St. Paul's Episcopal Church. During a service in April of 1865 a messenger informed President Jefferson Davis that Union forces were approaching Richmond. From here Davis escaped.

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 815 East Grace street is home to Tiffany windows. It was built in 1844. President Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee worshiped here. The building is located across from the State Capitol.

  • I stumbled upon this tiny historic site on Huguenot Trail in Powhatan. Its the place where Robert E. Lee spent his last night in a tent on his trip back to Richmond following his surrender to Grant.

  • This historic marker can be found in Powhatan County. It marks the spot where Robert E. Lee camped by the roadside the night before he returned to Richmond after the Civil War. The marker is on the Huguenot Trail.

  • This small site on State Route 711 (Huguenot Trail) marks the spot where Robert E. Lee spent the night in a tent just before returning to Richmond in April, 1865. Neighbors invited him into their house, but Lee didn't want to inconvenience them and camped in their yard.

  • Following the end of the Civil War Robert E. Lee made his way back to Richmond from Appomattox. On his last night of the trip Lee camped here at this spot on Route 711 aka The Huguenot Trail.

  • Windsor Farms off of Cary Street is home to one of the best preserved Civil War sites in the Richmond area. This cannon is part of a larger gun emplacement that is covers several acres. It was part of the network of inner defenses. It is located at Clovelly Rd and Sulgrave Rd.

  • Ok... It might not be hidden, but did you know the statue of George Washington in the State Capitol is one of the most priceless works of art in the U.S.? It was sculpted by Jean-Antoine Houdon. It was installed in the Rotunda on May 14, 1796 and is thought to have been in place nearly continuously ever since. A must see.

  • Statue of George Washington. Created by French portrait sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon. In 1785, Houdon traveled to Mount Vernon where he took casts of Washington's face, head, arms, hands and chest to create an absolute likeness of the former president. Three years later, Houdon completed the sculpture.

  • OK...so its not the most hidden landmark in the River City, but did you know that in 1785, The French sculptor Houdon traveled to Mount Vernon where he took casts of Washington¿¿¿s face, head, arms, hands and chest to create an absolute likeness of the former president. It is a precious piece of art. I've seen copies of this statue in London and Newport, R.I.

  • Where did Richmond get its name? From this spot! Our beloved city was named for a town called Richmond-upon-Thames in England. This view overllooking the James River on Libby Hill appears to share a similar view overlooking the River Thames in the UK.

  • This plaque can be found on Libby Hill below the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. It is believed that William Byrd II, who founded our fair city, was inspired by Richmond-upon-Thames in England when naming Richmond, Virginia. The view on the plaque is similar to the view overlooking the James.

  • Poe on Grace! Next time you're traveling down W. Grace street take a peek at 2315. Talavera was home to the successful grocer, Thomas Talley. He built this home in 1838. Edgar Allan Poe visited many times while courting Thomas' daughter, Susan.

  • Edgar Allan Poe was a frequent visitor to this house while courting Susan Talley. The home was called Talavera after the Talley family. It is located at 2315 W. Grace Street. During the Civil War the home was surrounded by a Confederate defensive works. Now it is surrounded by several fine homes.

  • Dating back the 1940's visitors to this pet cemetery in Henrico County's west end will find several monuments dedicated to man's best friend and many other animals. The cemetery is located on Terrell Drive.

  • This pet cemetery is located in the heart of a neighborhood in Henrico's West End. It covers several acres and dates back the 1940's. The cemetery can be found on Terrell Drive off of Three Chopt Road.

  • This pet cemetery is not as frightening as Stephen King's. This site can be found on Terrell Drive in Henrico County.

  • A well hidden pet cemetery can be found on Terrell Drive in Henrico County.

  • Burial site of Blackie Jack at the pet cemetery in Henrico County. The cemetery dates back sixty plus years.

  • Burial site of "Peter" at a pet cemetery in Henrico County. The cemetery covers a few acres and is located on Terrell Drive.

  • Remember to look down! This granite marker sits in the sidewalk at 7 W. Main Street. It was the site of the home belonging to Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin. You can find the spot across the street from The Jefferson Hotel.

  • The Jacob House in the 600 Block of W. Cary Street. George Winston built the home in what was then known as the Sydney part of town. Winston helped build the State Capitol and Penitentiary. John Jacob, who worked at the prison, bought the home in 1832.

  • Built by George Winston in 1817, the Jacob House sits near the corner of Cary Street and Belvidere. This area was once known as Sydney.

  • The Jacob House was built in 1817. The original owner, George Winston, helped build the State Capitol and State Penitentiary. John Jacob, the assistant superintendent of the penitentiary, bought the house in 1832. The house was moved to this location in 1995.

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