Doug Childers and Darl Bickel put together a great profile on the Libby Hill area for richmond.com this past Saturday:
Libby Hill’s architectural history dates back to 1803, when Elizabeth Adams, a member of the family that owned much of the city’s East End land in the early 1800s, built a house overlooking the river there. Three other antebellum houses survive in the neighborhood. Two – the Luther Libby House at 1 N. 29th St. and the Goddin House at 19 N. 29th St. – were built in 1850. The third house – at 3019 Libby Terrace – was built in 1857.
“Everything else in Libby Hill was built between 1880 and 1920,” Chen said. “When the Adams house was torn down in the 1890s, it made way for other houses in the 2800 block of East Franklin Street.”
“With its cobblestones and gaslights, it’s like a fairy-tale village,” said Tom Wilds, president of the Church Hill Association. “It’s magical. Come out at dusk and just watch it happen.”