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Timeline of Richmond, Virginia

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Contents

1 17th century

  • 1607 (May) – Capt. Christopher Newport leads a party of Englishmen on an exploration and they first visit “Pawatah”, one of the capitals of the Powhatan Confederacy, at Shockoe hill overlooking the falls.[citation needed]
  • 1608 (September) – Newport returns to the falls with 120 soldiers, to explore the Monacan country upriver.[1]
  • 1609 (September) – Captain John Smith, now President of Virginia Colony, sends another force of 120 men under Francis West to settle “West’s Fort” in what is now the Rockett’s neighborhood; Smith then purchases the Powhatan village from the chief Parahunt and renames it “Nonsuch”, however the native inhabitants resist the settlers, forcing them to return to Jamestown.[citation needed]
  • 1610-1614 – First Anglo-Powhatan War
  • 1610 (Fall) – Lord De La Warr, brother of Francis West and now Colony governor, makes another attempt to establish a fort at the falls, but it too is abandoned in early 1611.[citation needed]
  • 1611 – The English establish Henricus a few miles downstream and make no further attempt to occupy the falls of the James for the time being.[citation needed]
  • 1613 – Sir Thomas Dale establishes Charles City Point at the confluence of the Appomattox and James rivers.
  • 1619 – Falling Creek Ironworks is build at confluence of Falling Creek with the James River.
  • 1622 – Henricus abandoned after Indian Massacre of 1622
  • 1634 The Virginia shire system is established, with most of Central Virginia included in Henrico Shire.
  • 1635 Captain Thomas Harris plants a tobacco farm at Curles Neck
  • 1644-1645 – Second Anglo-Powhatan War
  • 1645 – Fort Charles built at falls
  • 1646 – Peace Treaty ending war gives English control of territory as far west as Mowhemencho, now Bernard’s Creek on the James
  • 1647 – Location of Fort Charles moved to “Manastoh”, now Southside Richmond.
  • 1656 – Mahocks, Nahyssans and Rehecrechians, recently defeated by the Five Nations in the Beaver Wars, camp at what is now called Bloody Run. They are driven off by a combined force of English and Pamunkey, but the Pamunkey chief Totopotomoi is slain.
  • 1670s – Nathaniel Bacon arrives from England and purchases land in the frontier of Virginia: at Curles Neck Plantation [2]
  • 1673 – William Byrd I is granted lands at the falls and establishes a trading post and small settlement
  • 1676 – After Bacon’s rebellion occurs at Jamestown, William Randolph (a recent arrival from from England) purchases Bacon’s land and other land holdings along the James river in Henrico.
  • 1677 – Charles II of England signs the Treaty of 1677, making peace with Virginia Indians, including such Richmond-area tribes as the Monicans (west of the falls) and the Appomattoc (near modern day Tricities, Virginia) .
  • 1699 – The Monacan abandon their town Mowhemencho, moving to North Carolina to escape Iroquois pressure.[citation needed]

2 18th century

2.1 1700s

  • 1700 – French Huguenot colonists are settled in the recently abandoned Monacan regions, to be a buffer between the Indians and English, and they build Mannakin Town, now Manakin-Sabot) to include a Non-Anglican church
  • 1704 William Byrd II inherits his father’s estates

2.2 1710s

2.3 1720s

2.4 1730s

2.5 1740s

2.6 1750s

2.7 1760s

  • 1765 – Peter Randolph, William Byrd III, and Thomas Jefferson form a company to build a canal around the James River. [7]
  • 1768 – William Byrd III sells off many Richmond-area lots in a land lottery in a failed bid to cover his gambling debts. (He went broke and committed suicide in 1777) [8]

2.8 1770s

2.9 1780s

2.10 1790s

3 19th century

3.1 1800s

3.2 1810s

3.3 1820s

3.4 1830s

3.5 1840s

3.6 1850s

3.7 1860s

  • 1861

3.8 1870s

3.9 1880s

3.10 1890s

4 20th century

4.1 1900s

4.2 1910s

4.3 1920s

4.4 1930s

4.5 1940s

  • 1940
    • US War Department re-establishes Camp Lee for the purpose of training Quartermaster soldiers for World War II.
    • Richmond, Virginia’s two newspapers, the Times-Dispatch and News Leader, merged to form a quickly-growing media company known as Richmond Newspapers.
  • 1941
  • 1948 – WTVR-TV begins broadcasting.
  • 1949
    • The last of Richmond’s electric trolleys are replaced by buses
    • Samuel S. Wurtzel opens his first retail electronics store (“Wards”) that would grow to become Circuit City.

4.6 1950s

4.7 1960s

4.8 1970s

4.9 1980s

4.10 1990s

5 21st century

6 See also

Other cities in Virginia

7 References

  1. Benjamin Vincent (1910), “Virginia”, Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates (25th ed.), London: Ward, Lock & Co. – via Hathi Trust

8 Further reading

  • Jedidiah Morse (1797), “Richmond”, The American gazetteer, Boston: At the presses of S. Hall, and Thomas & Andrews

8.1 Published in the 19th century

8.2 Published in the 20th century

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