Although Dr. Shockley DeWitt Gardner’s house and office on New Market Road are gone, the willow oak that graced the front yard still stands.
It is in the traffic circle fronting the $28.1 million Varina Area Library, which opened its doors for the first time Wednesday evening.
After the rainiest May in the region’s recorded history, the 43,885-square-foot building opened under sunny skies and a crowd of an estimated 2,500 people.
The building is the final project under Henrico’s 2005 bond referendum. Other library projects under it included the remodeling the Gayton Branch Library, the renovation and expansion of the Glen Allen Branch Library, and the replacement of the Dumbarton Library with a new building in the Libbie Mill development.
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