Undated photo of 2600 East Marshall Street from American Memory at the Library of Congress.
Mary Wingfield Scott lists this house in her Old Richmond Neighborhoods as 2608 E. Marshall (page 38) and lists a build date of “before 1814”. The notation is “Hardly more than an outbuilding in size but full of charm is 2608 East
Marshall, always called the Snyder house, though that family never owned it. However, Samuel Snyder, a house painter, was living there as early as 1852 and a J. D. Snyder as recently as 1923, which must be a record of tenancy. At present (1940) it is the Sunday School building of the Third Christian Church next door.” She took a similar picture in 1939-1940 for the book, which still shows streetcar tracks. The tree is little bigger in hers, so this must have been taken a few years earlier.
A true date for this building isn’t known and from what I have seen no Mutual Assurance policy on it either?
It sits in the block across the street and around the corner from ours (built 1812) and the Samuel G. Adams house (built 1813) so fits in that 1814 timeframe. There seems to have also been a house directly across the street (on 27th and the same block as this building sits) from our house long torn down by 1886. “Lots” seem to have been roughly laid out with a house center of the block as with Marshall and the same on the number streets. Blocks were normally divided in quarters and houses built near corners except the expanded grid from the original Byrd layout where they are solid lot blocks. With lot (79) where our house sits, another house was built in 1817 facing Marshall where Pritchard Bros. is now and was torn down in 1930 – built by Izard Bacon Whitlocke. It only occupied 1/4 of the block where our house (Capt Charles Wills mansion) had the other 3/4.
I know this house was also at one time known as the Davenport house and was originally owned by Col. Richard Adams. The church on the corner was built in 1880.
Doing some research and ran across a 1925 newspaper article mentioning that the Snyder house (called Snyder Homestead) was annexed in April that year to the neighboring Third Christian Church. That it was constructed from bricks brought over from the “mother country” and was the site of many receptions including one for Edgar Allen Poe.
I was noticing today that the trees and bushes have grown out of control and now completely obscuring the view of this historical house. Who does one complain to about to get these trimmed back since the owners obviously are not concerned about a piece of Richmond history.
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