Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Virginia's Executive Mansion Celebrates Bicentennial

Virginia's Executive Mansion is the oldest continuously occupied gubernatorial residence in the United States. Governor James Barbour and his family became the mansion's first inhabitants in 1813.

In her book, "First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families," Mary Miley Theobald, discusses the Commonwealth's first families and their activities when they lived in the Governor's Mansion, which is located in Capitol Square in downtown Richmond. Two widowed governors, Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee and John Garland Pollard, remarried while in office. Three Virginia Governors went on to become President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler, Jr. Two Virginia first ladies, Martha Jefferson Randolph and Anne Holton, had fathers who served as Governor of Virginia. Two governors, John Tyler Jr. and John Buchanan Floyd, were sons of previous Governors. Two former Governors, Tim Kaine and George Allen, recently ran against each other to represent Virginia in the United States Senate.

While the Executive Mansion is not the oldest house in Virginia or the most ostentatious or ornate, this outstanding example of Federal architecture has been home, office, and center for official entertaining to almost sixty Governors. It also was recently featured as a location for the filming of the Oscar nominated movie "Lincoln." The Virginia Governor's Mansion is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Civil War on Wheels!



The Civil War 150 History Mobile, a museum on wheels that is now located between the Capitol and Old City Hall in downtown Richmond, has been traveling around Virginia since July 2011 as part of the State's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The History Mobile will be parked all week this week next to the Capitol and will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

A lot of history is squeezed into 500 square feet. The "Battle Room" is designed to look like a dark forest with flashes of light and startling audio that grab your attention. There are also rooms devoted to the home front, slavery and freedom, and the legacy of the war.

There are about 70 different stories told throughout the exhibit, including 40 in the legacy section as to how the war affected specific people, places, and even Jack the dog, a stray pooch who served with a Pennsylvania unit in Virginia, was injured at Malvern Hill in 1862 and even taken prisoner before being released. The exhibits use interactive devices such as touch screens, flip around panels, and other hands on techniques.

The History Mobile grew out of an exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society, which is just blocks from Maury Place at Monument. It has traveled more than 14,000 miles throughout the Commonwealth and been visited by more than 60,000 visitors of all ages. For more information, visit www.historymobile.org.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Maury Place a Guest Favorite for 2012!

Maury Place at Monument has been noted as a "Guest Favorite" for 2012 by BnBfinder.com!

What a nice Christmas present from our guests this year! Thank you!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument