Sunday, October 2, 2011

"Lewis Ginter: Richmond's Gilded Age Icon"

As a war hero, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Lewis Ginter was many things to Richmond.  Ginter was commended for gallantry on the battlefield and performed special missions for Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson during the American Civil War.

After the war, Ginter was the first major marketer of the hand-rolled cigarette in America.  He developed one of our country's first streetcar suburbs right here in Richmond and built the historic Jefferson Hotel.  Union Presbyterian Seminary and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden both were founded on land donated by Lewis Ginter.

Beyond the well-known history of this Richmond icon, many aspects of his personal and professional life remained unexplored--until now.  Our good friend, Brian Burns, has written a new book, "Lewis Ginter: Richmond's Gilded Age Icon," that delves into the hidden history of Ginter's extraordinary life to fill in the gaps between Ginter the man and Ginter the legend.  We are happy to offer this biography of Lewis Ginter for sale to guests of Maury Place at Monument.
Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument