The Richmond Theater Fire occurred exactly 200 years ago today, on December 26th, 1811. The tragedy took over 70 lives. In Richmond, that single night swept away nearly 1% of their population. It was a truly devastating occurance, and it is touching and appropriate that Richmond’s historical organizations have organized a day of observance in memory of the victims.
Photos from today’s commemoration service are available at the Historic Richmond Foundation and Valentine Richmond History Center facebook sites: http://www.facebook.com/#!/HistoricRichmondFoundation and http://www.facebook.com/#!/valentineRHC .