Archive for May, 2011



15
May
11

Head in the Clouds

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14
May
11

At the CROSSROADS

14
May
11

Airstream Jig

13
May
11

The Pool

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11
May
11

Local Ruins

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10
May
11

Beaverdam home (Mechanicsville VA)

It was odd finding my great-great-grandfather Catlins home Beaverdam (circa 1801) during the Civil War, nestled in a culdesac in suburbia so well restored it looked like the modern homes surrounding it.

“Beaverdam stands on historic soil. It was the site on which was fought the first of the series of battles around Richmond. The stream, bearing the same name, and which flows through the farm, was said to run red with blood after the battle. In the article by Thomas W. Hooper (Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 3, 1895), he stated, “The last time I stood under the roof was after the battle and all around me were unburied dead, while the house and trees were cut to pieces by cannon and minnie-balls.” Beaverdam was occupied by Ripley”s Brigade of D.H. Hill’s Division, and by Pender’s Brigade of A.P. Hill’s.”

from : OLD HOMES OF HANOVER COUNTY VIRGINIA

           

In my youth my Dad would always tell us our Aunt Rea, my grandmothers sister and grand-daughters of William Catlin, was the best he could offer us as a replacement grandmother on his side of the family. This beautiful woman more than made up for our loss with her love  and vibrant spirit. This house on Reedy has wonderful memories for our family where Aunt Rea lived.

Sallie Rebecca Courtney Snellings (Aunt Rea) is the grand-daughter of William Catlin and Rebecca Allen.

Number 2300 is a classic representation of the Richmond Greek Revival town house. With details from the architectual pattern books of Asher Benjamin, its single dormer, simple cornice, heavy lintels, Doric porch, and stone steps with plinths are all hallmarks of the style. Built in 1850 by William Catlin, who owned a brickyard on Cary Street between 24th and 25th, the house was a gift to his third wife, Rebecca. In 1964 the house provided rooms for the newly founded 2300 Club, established to encourage the restoration of the St. John’s district. The club subsequently moved to another address but retained its name.

William Catlin built 2304 in 1845 and lived there before building 2300.

from :  CHURCH HILL The St. John’s Church Historic District (1991)

side view of 2300

looking west on Broad from 2300

09
May
11

La Milpa (Real Mexican Food & Market)

Althea and I met Martin Gonzalez over a decade ago at our local mexican market and instantly liked him. He had done traditional events in the parking lot that I haven’t seen the likes of since in the westend. He moved to the southside and sadly we lost track,  La Milpa is located on 6925 Hull St. Rd.  This  production I ran across on YouTube today excited me so much I had to pay him a visit to hopefully be informed of future events. I can’t wait to take Althea over to eat. Don’t take my word for it, Google the reviews of this wonderful Market!

Martin shows me the location of the upcoming deck.

08
May
11

Flowers for Mothers

Found these two photos taken by local photo studios long gone and unknown subjects at Black Swan Books in their 50 cent pile. The event is unclear, Easter, a funeral, a wedding, or maybe Mothers Day. Thought it would be a nice gesture for all of us that miss our deceased mothers today.

08
May
11

Dundee Bamboo #2

07
May
11

Richmond Fire Performers (first fridays)

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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