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Way Back Wednesday

This large house belonged to Edward John Robeson, Jr., an employee at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company who went into politics upon his retirement from the shipyard. This image was taken January 20, 1932. The house stood on a hill overlooking Lake Maury, Kettle Pond, and the James River, where the statue “Conquering the Wild” by Anna Hyatt Huntington now stands.

In August of 1934 the beautiful house was torn down to make way for the statue.

These last two photos show “Conquering the Wild” being transported from NJ to The Mariners’ Museum in 1934. Quite a task as that is a very large and heavy statue!

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