Way Back Wednesdays

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Today’s Way Back photos take us to the early days of this park.  This image (from June 19, 1934) shows the house where our fantastic librarian, Cerinda Evans, lived.  The house was owned by the museum.  Cerinda was our first librarian and, by all accounts, an incredibly smart woman.  She wrote a number of books, including a biography of Shipyard founder, Collis Potter Huntington.

Going back to June 20, 1930, this shows the museum farm, on the property that is now Riverside Hospital.  The idea of maintaining a working farm was abandoned by 1935.   Read more

Way Back Wednesday

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Robeson House 01-20-1932 (3)

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.   Read more