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A Church Hill Christmas Card

This image of 1 North 29th Street, was sent to someone by Edith L. Cosby with holiday memories of her grandparents and their Church Hill home.

Cosby was a bookkeeper at the Virginia Department of Agriculture who lived at 400 North Sheppard, across the street from Benedictine School, but her holiday memories took her back to Church Hill and her grandparent’s home.

“Grandma and Grandpa Powers” is probably a reference to Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Powers, who lived here in the 1870s and 80s. The house was built in 1850 by Luther Libby, whose name was attached to both the park in front of his house and the infamous “Libby Prison” of Civil War fame after his warehouse near the canal became a jail for Federal prisoners.

The growth of the tree in front of 1 North 29th prevents direct photographic comparison, but Edith Cosby would probably be cheered to know her grandparent’s home is appropriately decorated as she might have remembered it in her childhood.

In the spirit of the season, the current owners of 1 North 29 have been given the original of this card, a memento of a Church Hill Christmas 82 years ago. — Selden Richardson

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The custodians of this home have done a great job keeping it historically accurate.