Saturday, October 4, 2014

Virginia State Capitol Building

Mechanicsville, VA – more of the same

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The first session of the Virginia legislature met in Jamestown in 1619, a year before the first Pilgrim arrived at Plymouth Rock. In 1780 the capitol was moved to Richmond where Thomas Jefferson designed the capital building which was finished in 1798.

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George Washington statue on Capitol Square.

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Tom’s money clip which is a replica of the Virginia State Seal.

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Old House Chamber

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The Rotunda was constructed beneath the pitch of the gable roof, which makes it invisible from the exterior of the building.

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P1090224This 6’2” statue of George Washington stands under the dome of the Rotunda. Jean-Antoine Houdon, a French artist, made a plaster mask of Washington’s face, took detailed measurements of his body and then used marble to sculpt the statue. 

 

 

 

 

P1090230Tom, Patsy and Jim in front of Robert E. Lee’s statue in the original Chambers. The statue was erected where Lee stood on April 23, 1861, when at the age of 54 he accepted command of the military forces of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We toured the building on our own, but if we were to go back, I would want to go with a tour guide.

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When Richmond was burned, the original part of the Capitol Building was saved from the fire.

The old city hall building is beautiful.

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Tom and Patsy’s friend’s grandmother, who is 86, loves to knit. Brandon brought this creation to show us. Miss Daisy (that’s what the grandkids call her) started this flag on September 12, 2001 and finished it one year later on September 11, 2002.

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10 comments:

  1. I love touring State Capitols... somehow we have missed Virginia... so now I can see it through your photos.

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  2. That city hall looks like a castle. Very cool flag.

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  3. Love the photo of you two. Glad you're getting to see and do everything you want to.

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  4. Beautiful building for sure. Love the eastern architecture!

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  5. I lived in northern VA for about 11 years but never got around to seeing the state Capitol.

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  6. Help! I can't keep up with you.

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  7. You look so happy in your travels, and I'm happy for you. Can't wait to hear all about them. Weather beautiful, here. 60s with a breeze. My kind of weather. I'm hoping it holds. Haven't been reading blogs much. Need to get back into it. I don't know how I can do nothing all day and not have time to do something, but that's what's happening. :)

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  8. 14 year resident of VA and I never got down to see the capitol. Thanks for showing me what I missed! :c)

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