The Virginia Home for Incurables (circa 1900)

The Virginia Home for Incurables was for years located on the current site of the Science Museum of Virginia at Robinson and Broad Streets:

In 1894, Mary Tinsley Greenhow, who as a teenager was paralyzed during a horse riding accident, founded this organization for disabled Richmonders needing life-long care. This photograph shows the Home’s second site on W. Broad Street at Robinson. It moved to its present location on Hampton Street in Byrd Park in 1930. In 1963, the name shortened to The Virginia Home. Today, Virginia residents at least 18 ages of age with an irreversible physical disability can apply for residence. The Virginia Home provides nursing and medical care, therapy, counseling services, job and recreational opportunities to its residents.

See more images of Richmond social service organizations in the upcoming photography exhibition Richmond Comes Together: Images of Community Outreach opening on April 19 at the Valentine Richmond History Center.

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