Mary Wingfield Scott was an architectural historian, and a driving force in historic preservation in Richmond.
Although she was born into a prominent, wealthy Richmond family, she thumbed her nose at high society. Admiring many antebellum homes, she didn’t mince words in criticizing structures of other periods. An elaborately-detailed mansion on East Grace Street, built during the Civil War, would have been considered fabulous by many. But she called it “a cumbersome pile.”
An unusual sort, she was seen sweeping the courtyard of her property on Linden Row wearing a mink coat and tennis shoes.
But her unconventionality helped publicize her preservation efforts.
Mary Wingfield Scott owned a property in Wytheville, where she supposedly escaped with her companion, Virginia Reese Withers.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]