H.H. McVey and his daughter admire the elaborately decorated tree at the Valentine.

The “Victorian Christmas Tree” in the 1812 Wickham House

Today, the Christmas tree has become a standard part of celebrating Christmas in America, an unquestioned tradition with a fascinating history that comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. The photographs from the archival collection show grand decorated trees from 1961-1971, a period when the 1812 Wickham House annually displayed a Victorian Christmas tree.

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December in Richmond through Edith Shelton’s Eyes

Richmond photographer Edith K. Shelton’s images show a glimpse of November in Richmond from the mid-1950s.

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