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"Dedicated to famous Virginians" Top 5 Page for this destination Capitol Square Tip by matcrazy1

Capitol Square, Richmond: 39 reviews and 65 photos

by matcrazy1

I was curious whose figures were standing in lower part of the Washington monument but I didn't find any info right there. I do hope they add information for visitors after the upcoming renovations.

This famous monument was changing during and after the Civil War: more and more figures of the most famous Virginians were added. Statues on the monument are:
1. Patrick Henry - representing revolution;
2. Thomas Jefferson - independence;
3. George Mason - Bill of Rights;
4. John Marshall - Justice;
5. Thomas Nelson - Finance;
6. Andrew Lewis - Colonial Times.

My two random thoughts.

1. I am surprised how many famous people were born and acted in and for Virginia in the past. And their list is longer... George Washington, the first president of the United States was Virginian as well. Was Virginia magical earth?

2. In my part of the world monuments important to natives were usually destroyed by order of occupant powers. Soviets destroyed many monuments of Polish patriots (as their enemies) after WWII. Well, maybe not the best analogy. But, anyway, I am a little bit surprised that this monument survived Northern victory in 1865.

Address: Capitol Square, Richmond, VA 23219
Directions: Directions and maps here.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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