We proudly published St. Joseph’s Villa in commemoration of our 175th anniversary in 2009. This full-color, hardcover book contains 128 pages of photos and stories that tell the history and accomplishments of the Villa and its people.

st joseph's villa historyWritten by George Bruner and published by Dementi Milestone Publishing, the book spans the Villa’s earliest days up to the present. Subjects include:

  • The Villa’s transformation from a small orphanage and school in downtown Richmond into one of the largest children’s nonprofits in Virginia.
  • The endurance and growth of the orphanage and school during the Civil War and other conflicts.
  • How Major James H. Dooley provided the financial support to construct one of the east coast’s first villa-style orphanages.
  • “Villa life” in the 1930’s, ’40’s and ’50’s, and how boys first started coming to the orphanage.
  • How St. Joseph’s Villa developed new services to meet evolving community needs.

Email Brenda Savage or call 804-200-1616 to own your copy today!  The cost of the book is $24.95.