VA -- Richmond -- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- Robinson House:
Bruce Guthrie Photos Home Page: [Click here] to go to Bruce Guthrie Photos home page.
Recognize anyone? If you recognize specific folks (or other stuff) and I haven't labeled them, please identify them for the world. Click the little pencil icon underneath the file name (just above the picture). Spammers need not apply.
Slide Show: Want to see the pictures as a slide show?
Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks including AI scrapers can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
Specific picture descriptions: Photos above with "i" icons next to the bracketed sequence numbers (e.g. " ") are described as follows:
VMFROB_200102_05.JPG: Robinson House
Built ca. 1828, expanded 1856 and 1886
This imposing building began as a one-story summerhouse built in the late 1820s by Richmond banker Anthony Robinson Jr. Expanded in 1856 into a fashionable Italianate mansion, it became a year-round residence for the Robinson family. Their enslaved laborers lived in nearby cabins. Following the end of the Civil War in April 1865, then-widowed Rebecca Robinson invited Union officers to occupy the house to ward off possible looting by soldiers encamped nearby.
In 1884 the couple's son Channing sold the residence and thirty-six acres to a newly formed Confederate veterans' organization to build the R.E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers' Home. Two years later, the building -- renamed Fleming Hall -- gained a third floor and towering belvedere. For the next half century, it housed the institution's administration offices and war museum.
After the soldiers' home closed, the Commonwealth of Virginia granted use of the building to the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research (1949- 1963) and to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1964-present), which gained ownership in 1993. Following extensive renovations in 2017, it incorporates a tourism center, offices, and an exhibition space.
In the first half of the 20th century, parcels of land at the soldiers' home were granted to erect the Confederate Memorial Institute (1921, "Battle Abbey," later absorbed by the Virginia Historical Society); Home for Confederate Women (1932); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1936); and headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (1957). In 1934, the state named the grounds the R.E. Lee Camp Confederate Memorial Park -- a designation that remains today.
Members of the Robinson family assemble in front of their two-story mansion in this photograph taken around 1880. They named their estate "The Grove" for its extensive stand of oak trees. Photo: The Valentine
This 1914 postcard view of Robinson House, taken from the direction of the Boulevard, also pictures the soldiers' home hospital (far right) and Pegram Hall (center right), as well as some of the residential cottages (far left). Photo: VFMA Archives
A favorite attraction in the soldiers' home museum was Stonewall Jackson's horse, Little Sorrel, who died on the grounds in 1886. The horse's preserved and mounted hide was on display -- as seen in this 1932 photograph alongside veteran J.C. Smith -- until its move to the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington in 1949. It remains on view there today. Photo: Dementi Studios
VMFROB_200102_11.JPG: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond Region Tourism Center | Across Time Exhibition
AAA "Gem": AAA considers this location to be a "must see" point of interest. To see pictures of other areas that AAA considers to be Gems, click here.
Bigger photos? To save server space, the full-sized versions of these images have either not been loaded to the server or have been removed from the server. (Only some pages are loaded with full-sized images and those usually get removed after three months.)
I still have them though. If you want me to email them to you, please send an email to email@example.com
and I can email them to you, or, depending on the number of images, just repost the page again will the full-sized images.
Directly Related Pages: Other pages with content (VA -- Richmond -- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- Robinson House) directly related to this one:
[Display ALL photos on one page]:
2013_VA_VMFA_Robinson: VA -- Richmond -- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- Robinson House (2 photos from 2013)
2010_VA_VMFA_Robinson: VA -- Richmond -- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- Robinson House (3 photos from 2010)
2020 photos: Well, that was a year, wasn't it? The COVID-19 pandemic cut off most events here in DC after March 11.
The child president's handling of the pandemic was a series of disastrous missteps and lies, encouraging his minions to not wear masks and dramatically increasing infections and deaths here.The BLM protests started in June, made all the worse by the child president's inability to have any empathy for anyone other than himself. Then of course he tried to steal the election in November. What a year!
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
The farthest distance I traveled after that was about 40 miles. I only visited sites in four states -- Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and DC. That was the least amount of travel I had done since 1995.
Number of photos taken this year: about 246,000, the fewest number of photos I had taken in any year since 2007.
Connection Not Secure messages? Those warnings you get from your browser about this site not having secure connections worry some people. This means this site does not have SSL installed (the link is http:, not https:). That's bad if you're entering credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal information. But this site doesn't collect any personal information so SSL is not necessary. Life's good!
Limiting Text: You can turn off all of this text by clicking this link: