January 26, 2008

2300 Club
The 2300 Club is located in the oldest section of Richmond. The elegant and cozy interior was a perfect match for the plentiful and superb Southern dishes prepared for us.

Rita BagbyOur keynote speaker, Rita Bagby, seemed pleased with her honorarium - a blue velvet bell pull bearing pewter images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and St. John's Episcopal Church.

Marilyn EscaleraMarilyn Escalera is an historian at St. John's Episcopal Church. We had the pleasure of listening to her as she spoke of the 2nd Continental Congress, its participants and the origin of our country.


St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond is one of our country’s most historically significant structures. It was erected in 1741, replacing the church that had been located at Curles Plantation, and was to serve the citizens of William Byrd’s newly situated city of Richmond. Until the latter 1800’s, it was called Indian Hill Church, Richmond Church or Old Church. The church was opened only a few times each year until the early 1800’s because the small Richmond population used the State Capitol for worship. The number of American notables who have visited the church or are buried under the church or in its cemetery is significant.

Future Confederate General George E. Pickett was christened in the church March 10, 1827. It was an appropriate place to begin our commemoration of the general’s 183rd birthday.

Clay Pickett and Kailyn Pickett
Clay Pickett and his niece, Kailyn Pickett, stand with the only relic saved from St. John's predecessor church at Curles Plantation, the baptismal font.

Niles Clark
Niles Clark came from Indiana and Mike Pickett came from Georgia to help us honor General Pickett.

One of our newest members, Adriane Clark, is the smiling brunette in the middle of this group.

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