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Benjamin Mosby (not John Mosby)

Mosby Street, the Mosby Court public housing development, and the former Mosby Middle School were all named for Benjamin Mosby, a developer who helped lay out the streets of Union Hill in 1805.

From the RPS history of Mosby Middle School:

Mosby School was named for Benjamin Mosby, a realtor who developed the area early in the nineteenth century. Part of this area became known as Union Hill and part as Howard’s Grove, in which (prior to annexation in 1906) a four-room high school was maintained by Henrico County on Spottswood Street.

Given the city’s connection to the Civil War, it is a common misconception that the local use of Mosby is a reference to the Confederate hero John Singleton Mosby.

6 comments

Cadeho 05/20/2009 at 4:35 PM

Thanks for the clarification!

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Stewart Schwartz 08/07/2014 at 4:11 PM

Thanks John. Great to learn more about our community.

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Dana 08/09/2014 at 4:00 AM

Upon first seeing this, I was thinking Ben Mosby, the Church Hill Tunnel fireman. Toooootally different Ben Mosby.

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John M 06/28/2015 at 7:31 AM

bump

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Cadeho 08/13/2015 at 4:49 AM

Thanks for correcting Style. I was about to point that out myself, forgetting all about this. I have the plat!

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J. Hunter 02/21/2021 at 5:08 PM

I what to see Mosby housing (apartments)
Renovated. For the people that I live in there. I have a visions of shutters put outside of the building gorgeous colors of paint ,the doors with pretty of color paint ,nice bright white trims, sod laid out on the ground area for the trash cans to be hidden. Nice landscaping. Simple cleaning renovation done inside including stack washer and dryer. How can we make this vision Happen ?

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