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RVA Legends — S. W. Travers House

A look into the history of Richmond places and people that have disappeared from our landscape.

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[RVCJ03] — Residence of S. W. Travers, 602 West Franklin Street

602 West Franklin Street (Residence)
Twenty-Second & Dock Streets (Warehouse)

Because you know someone’s got to do it.

[RVCJ03] — Samuel Winfield Travers

[RVCJ03] — Samuel Winfield Travers

S. W. Travers & Co. is a firm name notable in the fertilizer trade, not of Richmond alone, but of the South. It is notable as that of a house manufacturing on a large scale, and enjoying a very large and steadily-increasing trade.

(Library of Congress) — Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905) — Plate 87 — showing former S. W. Travers House location

(Library of Congress) — Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905) — Plate 87 — showing former S. W. Travers House location

It was established ten years ago. Mr. S. W. Travers, the head of it, came here from Baltimore, where he had been in the same line of business. He had not been long a resident before he began to be esteemed a real acquisition to the business community. He has been especially active in public affairs of a commercial character.

November 2019 — looking towards 602 West Franklin Street at center left

November 2019 — looking towards 602 West Franklin Street at center left

He has enlisted for the entertainment of visiting bodies of distinguished strangers, has contributed liberally himself, and canvassed for funds for that and other public purposes, and has been actively identified in the work of the Chamber of Commerce for the last four years. He has taken a prominent part in the deliberations and the work of that body.

[IOR] — Young Men’s Christian Association Building, circa 1886

[IOR] — Young Men’s Christian Association Building, circa 1886

He has been chairman of its committee on Inland Trade for three years, and has recently been elected to the office of second vice-president of the Chamber, as an officer of which his portrait is one of those upon the frontispiece of this work. He is prominent, besides, as secretary and treasurer of the Richmond Chemical Works, and is president of the Young Men’s Christian Association. [RVCJ03]

(Digital Commonwealth) — advertisement for Orchilla Guano

(Digital Commonwealth) — advertisement for Orchilla Guano

They are the sole importers of Orchilla Guano for the Southern States, and this is their leading brand. The Orchilla Guano takes its name from the island from which it is brought, lying near the coast of Venezuela, to which government it belongs.

(Atlas Obscura) — a guano mine on Peru’s Chincha Islands, circa 1860

(Atlas Obscura) — a guano mine on Peru’s Chincha Islands, circa 1860

The guano is the deposit of sea birds feeding upon fish, hence is verv rich in Phosphorus, in the form of Phosphate of Lime. It was first introduced in York county, Pennsylvania, and Harford county, Maryland, and its sales are now enormous in those counties alone; and from this nucleus its sales have spread over many States, and now number thousands of tons each year.

(Chronicling America) — advertisement, The Farmville Herald — Friday, April 21, 1899

(Chronicling America) — advertisement, The Farmville Herald — Friday, April 21, 1899

Orchilla has won a fine reputation for grain and cotton, but for growing grass and clover it stands perhaps without an equal It is said to produce clover where it would never grow before, and in this way it has brought up some of the poorest lands of Eastern Virginia to equal any in the State.

[IOR] — advertisement in Industries of Richmond, 1886

[IOR] — advertisement in Industries of Richmond, 1886

The “National” is an old and well established brand of fertilizer, and has won a fine reputation in growing tobacco, especially fine yellow tobacco. The “Capital” is the new brand of the firm, and thev have adopted as a trade mark the “Capitol” building at Richmond, Va., which has a place, not only in the history of Virginia, but of the Southern States. In its halls were held the counsels of the congress of the fallen Confederacy, and many a “Johnny Reb” will recall the stirring events of the times in viewing the fine cut of the building at the head of this article.

(Library of Congress) — Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905) — Plate 46 — showing former guano warehouse

(Library of Congress) — Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905) — Plate 46 — showing former guano warehouse

The goods are of the highest standard guaranteed analysis, and are placed on the market strictly upon their merits. Ample means, backed by intelligence and push, coupled with a free use of printer’s ink, has enabled this house to assume a position in the field of fertilizers without a parallel. [IOR]

November 2019 — looking toward Twenty-Second & Dock Streets

November 2019 — looking toward Twenty-Second & Dock Streets

The factory of this firm is at Twenty-second and Dock streets. It has a capacity of 100 tons daily, which is equal to 30,000 tons a year. They manufacture a special fertilizer for each of the following crops, namely: Tobacco, cotton, corn, peanuts, wheat and vegetables. [RVCJ03]

Today both locations associated with S. W. Travers are no more, both of them transforming into everyone’s favorite downtown necessity — parking lots.

(S. W. Travers House is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


Print Sources

  • [IOR] Industries of Richmond. James P. Wood. 1886.
  • [RVCJ03] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. 1903.

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Tethering bill adds new protections for animals kept outside

Animal rights advocates want lawmakers to advance legislation that expands on a tethering bill passed last year by the General Assembly. The new legislation would increase the minimum length of a tether and adds conditions that include temperature, severe weather and require the animal to be brought inside when the owner isn’t home.

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By Ada Romano

Animal rights advocates want lawmakers to advance legislation that expands on a tethering bill passed last year by the General Assembly. The new legislation would increase the minimum length of a tether and adds conditions that include temperature, severe weather and require the animal to be brought inside when the owner isn’t home.

Senate Bill 272, introduced by Sen. John Bell, D-Loudoun, would increase the required length of the tether from 10 feet or three times the length of the animal to 15 feet or four times the length of the animal. Under the bill, pets can’t be tied during a heat advisory or if a severe weather warning has been issued, including hurricane, tropical storm or tornado warnings. The bill outlaws tethering in temperatures 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower or 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and when an owner is not home. Last session, a bill expanded the law from a 3-foot tether to 10 feet. That bill, introduced by Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, originally carried the same language as Bell’s current bill, but it was amended by a Senate committee.

Robert Leinberger, animal control supervisor for Richmond Animal Care and Control, said that some parts of the bill may be difficult to enforce. Still, if the legislation gets passed, Leinberger said, it will make a difference because people will be forced to be more aware of the law. He said more people will call to report instances of animals being improperly tethered.

“For example, if it’s inclement weather when it’s really super cold or really super hot, then we do occasionally see more calls for service because of the animals left out,” Leinberger said.

Kate Riviello, a New York-based animal rights activist who also works in Virginia, supports that the bill outlaws outdoor tethering when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Virginia law currently requires that an animal must have access to water, but the water doesn’t make a difference if it freezes, she said.

Riviello also supports “Tommie’s Law,” legislation passed last year that made animal cruelty a felony in Virginia. The law is named after a pit bull that died after he was set on fire. Riviello said she is happy to see the changes Virginia is making to protect the rights of animals but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to continue in the right direction.

“With ‘Tommie’s law,’ I think it was really tremendous that they took that step,” Riviello said. The key also is to enforce animal rights’ laws, Riviello said, which isn’t always the case.

Leinberger said implementing animal rights’ legislation is important because it enables people to better care for their pets. Tethering is just one issue that needs to be addressed, he said.

The bill is awaiting action by the Senate’s Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

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PHOTOS: Switch’s new concept, 84, takes things back to 1984

The restaurant with quarterly rotating themes is kicking it in the ’80s for the foreseeable future.

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Better start with ellipses as Pac-Man can come eat them! Or spots on a Lite-Brite Board waiting to be filled in with whatever colors and shapes you want.

@thenightowl Mikael Broth has brilliantly painted murals depicting pop culture in 1984: Prince & Purple Rain, Madonna, and the material girl, Michael Jackson as the zombie in Thriller eating popcorn (which seems totally hilarious and wrong across from Gizmo who will undoubtedly be up after midnight).

Stools between seats are painted as Rubix cubes awaiting solving. A bloodied Dr. Indiana Jones watches over the bar on one side while Tetris pieces fall on the other side.

Underneath the seats is Pinky, no Blinky, no maybe that’s Clyde chasing those pellets.

Immerse yourself in memories or if you are younger, dive straight into the tank that is Pop Culture of 1984 on display at Switch.

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The Valentine announces 2020 Richmond History Makers

Today, the Valentine announced the six honorees that will be recognized at the 15th Annual Richmond History Makers & Community Update. This program promotes and celebrates the bold, innovative and often unsung work of individuals and organizations who strive to improve their communities.

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Today, the Valentine announced the six honorees that will be recognized at the 15th Annual Richmond History Makers & Community Update. This program promotes and celebrates the bold, innovative and often unsung work of individuals and organizations who strive to improve their communities.

On Tuesday, March 10th at Virginia Union University, the honorees will be celebrated in a room full of family, friends, local leaders, community advocates, non-profit representatives and more.

“After 15 years recognizing the best the Richmond Region has to offer, we are more excited than ever to celebrate our 2020 honorees,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “Our new partnership with the Community Foundation, our return to Virginia Union University and our incredible group of winners are all a part of the Valentine’s wider goal of supporting and strengthening this program through continued community engagement.”

The 15th anniversary of this program also marks the first time the Valentine has partnered with the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond to provide an update on the progress being made across the region.

“Celebrating the Richmond History Makers honorees is a perfect way to reflect on the progress we’ve made as a city as well as the issues that continue to require unified effort,” said Community Foundation Chief Community Engagement Officer Scott Blackwell. “By providing an update on where we are as a region, we can celebrate the honorees while inspiring others in the community to take action.”

The honorees were nominated by members of the Richmond community according to six categories and chosen by a Selection Committee made up of LMR (Leadership Metro Richmond) graduates and former Richmond History Makers Honorees.

“We received nearly 100 nominations this year, and from that large pool of impressive candidates, six incredible honorees were chosen,” said Myra Goodman Smith of Leadership Metro Richmond. “LMR is honored be a part of this program for the 15th year in a row, and we look forward to joining with members of the Richmond community in recognizing these groundbreaking individuals and organizations.”

The 2020 Richmond History Makers and their categories include:

  • For Creating Quality Educational Opportunities, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • For Championing Social Justice, Tanya Gonzalez, The Sacred Heart Center
  • For Promoting Community Health, Jeannette Cordor, Faces of HOPE
  • For Improving Regional Transportation, Charles Rasnick
  • For Demonstrating Innovative Economic Solutions, BLK RVA Action Team
  • For Advancing our Quality of Life, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

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