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Seeking photographs and images for a book on Fulton

Steven Reiss is in the beginning staged of putting together a book on the history of Fulton to potentially be published in early 2017.

He describes the book as “a visual history of the birthplace of Richmond”, with a scope of 400 years time covering John Smith and Christopher Newport to the heyday of old Fulton though to the urban renewal of the 1970s and the current status and future plans for the area.

Reiss is seeking photographs and images for the book, and is seeking input from Fulton residents then and now. If you have any photos or stories to share, contact Reiss at (804)577-7195 or

A resident of Rocketts Landing, Reiss is a published author, a registered architect, and an architectural historian. He is working on the book at no cost, and any profits will be directed towards local non-profit organizations.




PHOTO: Fulton from Chimborazo (1890s)(Valentine)


Eric S. Huffstutler 02/16/2015 at 1:45 PM

I thought Church Hill was the birthplace of Richmond?

I have said for years that with the black hole of history surrounding Church Hill North (and Shed Town) that a book is much needed here as well. The problem is that one will have to rely on private resources, if they haven’t been tossed into the trash years ago. There is very little even at the museums related to structures North of Broad. I had thought about doing such a book since no one else has stepped to the plate but would need the same kind of help Steven is seeking.


spacecat 02/16/2015 at 5:54 PM

Looking forward to this book on Fulton.

@#2 I would think few people would be as qualified or as dedicated as you, Mr. Huffstutler, to publish a historical treatise on the roots of Church Hill.
There’s no better time than the present to start. Please do it.

Steven Reiss 02/17/2015 at 8:06 AM

Thank you very much for your post about my book. I am less interested in the on-going debate about “birthplaces” and much more focused on documenting the history of an important but often forgotten part of Richmond’s history. Any and all photos and images would be greatly appreciated.

Matt Hillian 02/17/2015 at 11:55 AM

I would start by talking to folks at Mount Calvery Baptist church. I know they have families who grew up in Fulton. Also, want to make sure you’re also aware of the Corey Harris album “Fulton Blues.” He was and maybe still is a resident and perhaps there could be some kind of collaboration.

Eric S. Huffstutler 02/17/2015 at 12:15 PM


Thanks! If no one else chimes in to say they are already doing such a book, I may have to give it some serious consideration. Like Steven’s book, it will not be something in print overnight and possibly an even steeper hill to climb with the lack of resources available concerning Church Hill North.

It takes me a full month and many hours to research for a single article in the CHA Newsletter since I do not rely on other published works since they often repeat misinformation or overlook details.

Eric S. Huffstutler 03/22/2018 at 11:31 PM

I was talking about this not a couple of weeks ago and what happened or rather, what didn’t. I am sure Steven Reiss ran into some of the same obstacles and know he did with the lack of community cooperation seeking photographs.

The type of books that Arcadia was looking for is not a written history with some substantiating photos but rather, a photo book with narratives and needed a minimum of 180 photographs, all high-quality large format. With the lack of photographs in local archives for both Fulton and especially, Church Hill North, unless you had free rein to photo archives and community help, the books tuned out to be futile and dead before they got started.

They also had a strict and exhaustive procedure to obtain a sample chapter which would and could change, with a complete content outline and basically, a pseudo-index within a short timeline making the project also restrictive.

Both books are still sorely needed but would need community cooperation as well as that of all of the museums and libraries.



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