Virginia State Penitentiary

Virginia State Penitentiary (HM21MV)

Location: Richmond, VA 23220
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.366', W 77° 26.941'

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The Virginia General Assembly authorized a
state penitentiary in 1796 during a penal reform
movement aimed at rehabilitating convicts
through confinement and labor. Benjamin H.
Latrobe, who later designed the United States
Capitol, was the primary architect. The peniten-
tiary opened here in 1800, and other buildings
were added later. Early inmates included former
U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr, incarcerated in
1807 while awaiting trial for treason, and British
prisoners captured during the War of 1812.
Virginia's executions took place here from 1908
until the penitentiary closed in 1990. Latrobe's
structure was razed in 1927, and the rest of
the complex was demolished in 1992.
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HM NumberHM21MV
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283627 N 4157534
Decimal Degrees37.53943333, -77.44901667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.366', W 77° 26.941'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 21.96" N, 77° 26' 56.46" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 429-499 US-301, Richmond VA 23220, US
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