VCU Rice Center

Photo of antique map showing the American East coast.

Timeline

The Rice Center over time

6000 B.C. to early 1600s
Native Americans inhabited area.
1620
Property was part of a private land grant from King James I to Nathaniel Causey.
1791
Property purchased by William Irby.
1862
Land was used as a staging area by McClellan’s Union troops during the Civil War.
1928
Property purchased from the Irby family by Richmond entrepreneur, King Fulton, who established a hunt club.
1929
Start of Great Depression. Property purchased from hunt club by the family of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.
1935
Property sold to the Richmond YMCA to be developed as a youth camp.
1960
Archaeological study revealed evidence of Native Americans on site.
1977
Ambassador Walter Rice purchased the property from YMCA.
1979
Additional 100 acres purchased from Berkeley Plantation.
2000
Mrs. Inger Rice donates property to VCU for the creation of the Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences.