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The 7 Hills of Richmond
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Supposedly, Richmond, like Rome, was built on seven hills. There has
been a good deal of confusion about the "Seven Hills of Richmond" legend
since it began in the late 1800's. Years ago, many Richmond citizens were
taught lists of seven hills in school, but not all the lists were the
same. Now many people have different ideas about what the seven should
be. In 1937 Richmond City Council tried to make a decision on the issue,
but could come up with no proof that there had ever been an original seven
The following articles should help to clarify the subject. There are
more articles on this issue in the clipping files at the literature and
history department of the Richmond Public Library at 101 East Franklin
St. Come by and take a look.
Our first article is from the Richmond Times Dispatch and dates back
to December of 1937.
This ordinance did not pass, and the confusion was still apparent 9 years
later in this next article, also from the Richmond Times Dispatch, dated
August of 1946.
In 1963 the Richmond Civil War Centennial Committee helped to set the
In a publication entitled The 67 Hills of Richmond, the Richmond Civil
War Centennial Committee lists all 67 of the hills currently within Richmond's
city limits. They range from the well known Gamble's, Church and Oregon
Hills, to other lesser known Clarke's (within Hollywood Cemetary), Stricker
(part of Jefferson Park) and even Goat Hill (a name found in early Virginia
writings- location not known).
The committee also mentions that Douglas Freeman himself was unable to
locate any mention of the seven hills before the legend surfaced in the
late 1800's. The committee's conclusion was that there were no original
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