Resources on Virginia History

The Richmond Theater Fire Book

Meredith's Published Articles


“The Richmond Theater Fire is totally engrossing, a real page turner. Baker ably depicts the vibrancy of social and cultural life in early Richmond, and captures the horror, chaos, and shock of this terrible conflagration. She does a marvelous job of unearthing and marshaling primary sources to recreate for us the most detailed and heartbreaking account of this disaster that I have ever read.”

Kathryn Fuller-Seeley

author of Celebrate Richmond Theater

Richmond THeater Fire Documentary

In 2013, Scene Clearly Films produced this excellent short documentary about the 1811 fire featuring several Virginia historians (I was honored to be included!). Click play for an overview of the disaster and how it changed Richmond forever.


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