Download Collections in the Classroom: Mayo Map (pdf)
- Can you identify the James River on this map?
- Look closely. What else do you notice?
- How long do you think it took to walk across Richmond at the time that this map was created?
- Who do you think lived here before the English colonists?
William Byrd II hired William Mayo to survey and develop a plan for the town of Richmond because it reminded him of the English shire Richmond on the Thames. Beginning as a small informal village that popped up around one of Byrd’s tobacco warehouses, Richmond soon grew to be a city of trade where goods from the European continent were imported and enslaved individuals, tobacco and cotton were exported.