Master craftsman

Richard McClintock has created over 70 model kits of historic sites in Virginia. He recently created kits of the Saint Paul’s Memorial Chapel and Saul Building, which are located on the former campus of Saint Paul’s College. The kits were created to help raise funds for the James Solomon Russell – Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives. (Bobby Conner photo)

Saint Paul’s Chapel and Saul Building

model kits have been completed

LAWRENCEVILLE – A visit to Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, while on a trip with his wife, started Richard McClintock on the path of creating model kits for many historical sites across Virginia.

“My wife had to go to Blacksburg to a meeting and I tagged along. While we were there, I visited the historical Smithfield Plantation.” said McClintock. “I was in the gift shop and just happened to ask if they had ever thought of creating a model kit of the house. They said no, but thought it was a great idea. So I took photographs and came home and created the kit, which they now sell. I had never thought of making historic models, I just simply asked the question. It was all quite accidental.”

He credits his interest in creating the historic model kits to his love of model trains and making models of buildings and houses to use with the trains.

“From the early age of 5 or 6, I had model train sets and would build model buildings and houses to use with my trains out of any material I could find,” he said.

McClintock, who lives in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, was born in Charlottesville and later moved with his family to Illinois when he was 12. He returned to Charlottesville where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Classics from the University of Virginia. He then attended the University of North Carolina where he received his Ph.D. in Classics.

For more information about McClintock and his work visit his website

The James Solomon Russell – Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives is located in the Brunswick County Conference Center, 100 Athletic Field Road, Lawrenceville. The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information on the models or to purchase one of the model kits, please stop by the museum during operating hours or call James Grimstead at (434) 848-2173.

To read the entire article pick up the Nov. 27, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.