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The Bolling Haxall House (Paul McGehee)

"The Bolling Haxall House" by Paul McGehee. A well-preserved antebellum Italianate mansion situated in the heart of historic downtown Richmond, Virginia, the Bolling Haxall House dates back to 1858. Listed on the National Historic Register, this magnificent house was once the residence of Bolling Haxall, whose family owned one of the largest flour mills in the world, Haxall Mills. Mr. Haxall, who was one of the wealthiest people in Richmond, was also a partner in the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Company and president of the Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works. His family lived at the mansion until the end of the Civil War, when the capital city of Richmond was in flames in advance of the arrival of Union troops. Fleeing with his family to Orange County, the prominent businessman eventually returned to the mansion after the war. The beautiful structure somehow had emerged unscathed! However, having lost most of his businesses to the ravages of war, Bolling Haxall was forced to sell the property in 1869. A prominent physician's family owned the mansion for three generations, then sold it to the newly-formed Woman's Club of Richmond in 1900. Founded in 1894, the Woman's Club was created to advocate for the education of women and enrich their lives with culture and the arts. The Bolling Haxall House became their permanent home. To this day, the Woman's Club is dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of this historic structure. Many prominent people have spoken before the members at Bolling Haxall House; a "who's who" of historic figures such as future President John F. Kennedy (as Senator), President George H. W. Bush, aviator Amelia Earhart, poet Robert Frost, choreographer Martha Graham, and renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The mansion has in recent years become a popular venue for hosting private events, especially weddings and receptions. Today, stepping through the doors of the Bolling Haxall House is like going back in time...experiencing the opulence that was pre-war Richmond. "The Bolling Haxall House" is faithfully reproduced from Paul's original color pencil drawing as an archival quality print issued in a strictly limited edition of only 500 pieces each hand-signed by the artist. Image Size 7" x 8 1/4". (Final shipping cost on this small print may indeed be less than actually displayed upon purchase, depending upon destination and weight.)

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