Libby Hill is a small neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. Libby Hill is located on the southeastern spur of Church Hill, overlooking the James River and the Lucky Strike building. It is known for Libby Hill Park and "The View that Named Richmond." The Libby Hill neighborhood is entirely within the St. John's Church Historic District.Add Libby Hill Park and other attractions to your Richmond trip itinerary using our Richmond online day trip planner .
Homes have existed on Libby Hill since at least 1796. Prominent early residents include Governor George W. Smith and Colonel George Mayo Carrington. Both the Smith and Carrington houses are no longer standing. The oldest building in Libby Hill is the Gentry-Strokes-Crew house at 2718 North 27th St. Built in 1839 by John Gentry, this house has undergone many changes since its construction.
The neighborhood is named for Luther Libby, who built his home on the corner of Main St. and 29th St. in 1851. Luther Libby is also the namesake of the notorious Libby Prison, even though he had no influence in the operations of the prison.
Another older house in Libby Hill is the Saunders House, built the same year as the Libby House on the corner of Main St. and 29th St. The house at 11 1/2 North 29th St. is remarkable in that Mary Wingfield Scott, renowned Richmond historian, wrote that it is "adorned with one of the most beautiful iron verandahs in Richmond."
Looking from Libby Hill down towards the James River is said to be "The View That Named Richmond." William Byrd II is said to have thought that this view resembled the view of Richmond upon Thames in England.
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Libby Hill Park Reviews
This was not on our agenda, but we were sure glad to have found it on our way home from St. John's Church. Beautiful quiet park in a peaceful neighborhood. Easy to park and take your dog for a walk. more »
I come to Libby Hill Park several times every week to see the sunset -- it's always a wonderful show, as the sun sets behind Richmond's downtown. The park also has a beautiful view of the river, which... more »
A nice quaint spot. A lovely view of the river which the park overlooks.
Lovely park with a lot of history behind it, visited twice and loved it for the views as well, enjoyed the walk and to see a lot of people and pets.
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