What’s Next for the Virginia Flaggers?

Could it be … the Robinson House?

Robinson House Richmond postcardThe Robinson House, built in the 1850s, served as an old soldiers home for Confederate veterans as part of the same complex which includes the Pelham Chapel (Confederate War Memorial Chapel) about which we’ve heard so much … it was the first target of the Virginia Flaggers. It is currently owned by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Restoring (and repurposing) the building has been a subject of discussion for years. This summer the VMFA announced that it had engaged a leading Richmond architectural firm to renovate and repurpose the building. It will become a regional visitors center.

The future of the house has been a subject of discussion among members of a certain Confederate heritage organization.

SHPG VMFA Robimson House

Scott Mingus has featured a diorama of the structure and its surrounding buildings at the time of its use as a soldiers’ home here.

There’s no comment from Susan Hathaway, leader of the Virginia Flaggers, as to what she thinks of this plan. Given how verbal she has been when it comes to the VMFA’s management of the Confederate War Memorial Chapel, this is something of a surprise. Neither Hathaway nor her supporters have been forthcoming on why she’s been so silent on these matters, or why she’s no longer flagging outside the chapel, although other Flaggers continue to do so.

Once the flag on I-95 goes up, what happens to the Robinson House may well become a major focus for those people concerned with preserving Confederate heritage in the Richmond area.


19 thoughts on “What’s Next for the Virginia Flaggers?

  1. Thelibertylamp September 17, 2013 / 9:37 am

    Didn’t the owner of the house, Rebecca Robinson, invite Union soldiers to occupy the house in exchange for protection against looting?

    (Source: from the VMFA website)

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 17, 2013 / 9:48 am

      I bet Susan Hathaway would know. But she isn’t talking.

      • Thelibertylamp September 17, 2013 / 10:08 am

        Does that lead us back to a certain contract with an architectural firm…do they already have the contract?

  2. Corey Meyer September 17, 2013 / 10:18 am

    From the VFMA…”The preservation and rehabilitation of Robinson House will stabilize its structure, reclaim interior spaces to evoke the buildings’ historic past, and repurpose the spaces for use as a regional tourism center.”

    From Michael C. Lucas…”Understand if they move forward with this, all they have to do is make it unstable in order to comdemn it. Thereby destroying it.”

    It is very obvious Mr. Lucas is just simply guessing and in the process stoking unnecessary fears. Truely heritage over facts.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 17, 2013 / 10:26 am

      My take is that Mr. Lucas’s comment was made before the project commenced this new process. Of course, Mr. Lucas says lots of things that bear no relationship to reality.

      • Thelibertylamp September 17, 2013 / 10:28 am

        That victim complex again…don’t you know we are all out to destroy their “race”?

        • Brooks D. Simpson September 17, 2013 / 10:32 am

          Susan Hathaway would know, right? But she isn’t talking.

      • Corey Meyer September 17, 2013 / 10:35 am

        True, I did not pay attention to the date of the posts…2012.

        • Brooks D. Simpson September 17, 2013 / 10:40 am

          Well, Mr. Edwards’s renewed concern is from now. He’s not sure the new plan will suffice. Since nothing short of a complete victory satisfies the Flaggers, we can anticipate the possibility of a protest. They reject reasonable compromises.

          • Thelibertylamp September 17, 2013 / 11:23 am

            Do the papers like the Richmond Times Dispatch know about this strained connection between the Boudica of the Flaggers and the G&H firm?

          • Brooks D. Simpson September 17, 2013 / 11:27 am

            Now, now. What I must say astonishes me is that the Flaggers, who are all about free speech, say nothing about Hathaway’s free speech rights in this instance. You would think that they would stand up for the free speech rights of their leader, but they don’t. I’ve stood up for her free speech rights in this matter, and she’s never thanked me.

  3. Andy Hall September 17, 2013 / 10:28 am

    I haven’t the foggiest damned idea what Edwards means when he says “they did not ask for the National Status,” when the 38-page report he seems to be referring to in the next post says, right at the top:

    United States Department of the Interior
    National Park Service
    National Register of Historic Places Registration Form

    Neither do I understand how he can say that the report leaves out something significant about the Lee Camp and the role of the structure as part of the veterans’ home, because it goes on at length (pp. 16-25) about both the Lee Camp and the home. In fact, the history of the Robinson House as part of the veterans’ home constitutes almost the entirety of the discussion of the site’s significance. It’s an interesting read, actually, for anyone interested in the discussion about the VMFA.

    • Thelibertylamp September 17, 2013 / 10:41 am

      From my experience most of the confederate battle fields are also national parks, such as Gettysburg and Manassas.

      When Aryan Nations staged a protest to “honor their Confederate heritage” in 2010 it was at the Gettysburg battle field and it was the National parks police who stood as the LE over that event.

      Same as when the KKK protested for “Confederate heritage” against John Brown in Harper’s Ferry at the John Brown National park in 2006.

      I believe most of these places fall under National Parks.

  4. Charles Lovejoy September 20, 2013 / 11:36 am

    All this flag talk and being retired, having time on my hands. I think I’m going to start a Georgia Pirate flag movement. Put a large Pirate flag somewhere along the Georgia coast. The flag would be based on Emanuel Wynne’s version. Who is with me?

    • Thelibertylamp September 20, 2013 / 11:47 am


      We have a pirate flag on our place to honor the Pirate Party.

      • Charles Lovejoy September 20, 2013 / 1:28 pm

        I fly a pirate flag sometimes too, but I’m now flying an Italian flag

  5. Charles Lovejoy September 20, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Hey the pirates were a significant part of Western Hemisphere history. Anybody ever consider how many pirates ended up in coastal Georgia and the Carolinas ?

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