The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: August 1

WILLIAMSBURG, August 1, 1771.
On Saturday last the house of Mr. John Greenhow, merchant, in this city, was struck by lightning, which split the chimney from top to bottom, damaged the side of the house and broke one of the window frames to pieces, but providentially no person was hurt.

Virginia Gazette (Rind) August 1, 1771
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Greenhow's house was on the James City county side of the Duke of Gloucester Street. Since those court records were destroyed in 1865, we know little about the property's history in the 18th-century. What we know comes from sources like the Virginia Gazette, that tell us that Greenhow was in business "near the church" in 1766.

Sources: CWRR "Repiton House"

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