The Richmond History Podcast features Monumental Church


“History Replays Today” features Monumental Church during their April series, and you can listen to it here! (for free!) It is also available via itunes. made this podcast a special feature on their site

Let’s let them introduce it: “On this episode, Leslie J. Naranjo, Director of Preservation Services for Historic Richmond talks about Monumental Church.  Monumental was completed 200 years ago this year and still stand at 1224 E Broad St. It was built as a memorial to the at least 72 people that died when The Richmond Theater burned on the site on December 26, 1811.  The remains of the 72 people are built into the base of the church.  The ground breaking, greek revival church was designed by Robert Mills.  Mills is the only architect to study under Thomas Jefferson.Monumental is much more than just an old church.  Naranjo talks about the connection between the theater and Edgar Allan Poe, the church and John Marshall,  the site and the US Constitution, and how the fire made heros out of a slave named Gilbert Hunt and a doctor. Monumental Church is maintained by Historic Richmond and is open to the public by request and is available for weddings and other events.”

And of course, if you’re interested in this podcast, you’re probably going to be interested in my book, The Richmond Theater Fire, which you can purchase here or here!