2001 East Main Street
Demolished, probably 1909
Dr. Adams lost a great deal of money in the depression of 1819, and died in 1825. John Enders, on the other hand, continued to develop lower Main Street and the streets nearby for another quarter of a century. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he never moved uptown, but went on living among the many factories and warehouses that he built. He had married a daughter of Samuel Ege, and the Ege-Enders connection might be called the tutelary genii of the Shockoe Creek section as the Adams family was of Church Hill or the Amblers of the Court End. In 1819 John Enders built a fine house at the southeast corner of Twentieth and Main.
Contrary to a popular impression, even among his descendants, he apparently did not build this for himself, as it was rented as late as 1829. In the partition of his immense holdings in 1854, his residence there for probably twenty-five years made his heirs refer to it as “the old mansion.”
On the same lot were his office and tobacco-factory, the two latter facing Twentieth. This arrangement and the character of the house itself, large enough for a big family and intended to be used as both store and dwelling, hence, like most buildings on East Main, extending to the pavement, was probably typical of the homes of many merchants of Richmond in the early 1800’s. [ORN]
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Photos: Faces of a Parade
We took some traditional parade photos but have decided to go a little more intimate and focus on the faces you see during the Dominion Christmas Parade.
Virginia launches expanded rail service from Richmond to Washington and New York City
The Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 now offers early morning service from Main Street Station, getting travelers from Downtown Richmond to Washington when the workday begins or to New York for a lunchtime meeting.
Recently, Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary Valentine joined DRPT and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) to launch expanded rail service from Richmond to Washington and cities along the Northeast corridor. The Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 now offers early morning service from Main Street Station, getting travelers from Downtown Richmond to Washington when the workday begins or to New York for a lunchtime meeting.
The new train is the first expansion of service under Governor Northam’s Transforming Rail in Virginia program to significantly expand rail infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth. The event ended with a ribbon-cutting and the inaugural train heading out of Main Street Station at 5:35 am with the Governor, state officials, and DRPT/VPRA staff on board. Early ridership numbers indicate healthy demand for the extended service.
The Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative is already receiving recognition throughout the country for its role in changing the future of transportation. At the District of Columbia’s Committee of 100’s bi-annual award ceremony, DRPT received a 2021 Vision Award recognizing the Transforming Rail in Virginia Program. Director Jennifer Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of DRPT, Governor Northam, and the Virginia General Assembly.
Shockoe Illuminates Throws the Switch Tonight
Shockoe Illuminates will be Dec. 3rd at the 17th Street Market. They’ll have local artisans with one-of-a-kind presents, boozy hot drinks provided by amazing restaurants, kids activities, carolers, roller skating, and more! Loads of information at the 17th Street Market Facebook.
Did you catch that there is roller skating?
We don’t need ice to have fun and skate! During Shockoe Illuminates on Dec. 3rd you can roller skate and then come back all weekend for more fun! $10 to rent skates or bring your own.
- 12/3 5:00-9:00
- 12/4 4:00-8:00
- 12/5 3:00-7:00