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Long ignored local cemetery looking for some help and it starts with goats.

If you’ve got a little extra green consider throwing it their way to help get rid of all the greenery.

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Forest View Cemetery sits at 4909 Bassett Avenue. Established in the 1800’s, the cemetery has suffered neglect in the ensuing years becoming overgrown with brambles and ivy.

An effort is underway by the Friends of Forest View Cemetery to clean-up the cemetery and it starts with goats.

From Friends of Forest View Cemetery fundraising page:

Friends of Forest View Cemetery is raising money to preserve and protect Forest View Cemetery, its land, and its mature trees. This forgotten cemetery sits in the middle of Forest View Neighborhood and has been overrun with poison ivy and overgrowth for decades. We are working to restore the cemetery and learn more about its history.

Forest View Cemetery is registered with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and can be found on a map dated 1898, though it could date back much further. Bernard Markham, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, owned the land in 1768 and more research needs to be done to learn about the land’s prior uses. Neighborhood lore tells us that it may have been a slave cemetery. It has been told that a Native American man, who lived on the property and tended the well, is buried there. There is also the story of a woman who was said to be too large for a coffin, so she was buried sitting in a straight back chair. Residents who grew up in the neighborhood remember playing among the headstones in the 1950’s, but the lot has become so overgrown with brambles and ivy that the headstones are no longer visible. The cemetery has become more of a public nuisance than a place of remembrance.

Our first phase will be to clear the land, with the environmentally friendly use of goats. Our hope is to clear the land before winter. We will then be able to work with archeologists and historians to try and determine how many people are buried here, and to locate any markers or stones, all while keeping the hope that we may be able to discover who was buried here. The closed-up well on the property could also lend more information as to the history of the land.

Friends of Forest View Cemetery plan to restore the land to a place of remembrance for the people who lived and died here, and to create a neighborhood green space with native plantings. But first we need to the goats!

The goal to get the goats is a little over  $3,100. As of Tuesday, they’ve collected around $300 and the deadline is November 24th. If you’ve got a little extra green consider throwing it their way to help get rid of all the greenery.

As you can see from these old images the cemetery has been around quite awhile and it would be nice to bring it back to a useable and respectful place.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RRRC Pony Pasture 5k

Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still.

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This Saturday at 7:30 AM runners will gather to honor a friend and raise money for the RRRC Scholarship Fund.

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Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still. Peter was a scholar, gentleman, runner, and a friend to many. The proceeds of this race benefit the Richmond Road Runners Club Scholarship Fund. Each year the club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded to individuals who have and will represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle. The recipients of the 2021 scholarships will be announced at the conclusion of the Pony Pasture 5K.
RRRC Pony Pasture 5K, in memory of Peter Still, is a RRRC Club Championship Race for 2021.

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Moto Richmond and Scoot Richmond Rolling Down the Road

I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle or scooter so never had a need to go to the shop but it will be weird to drive past their old location and not see all the lovely bikes.

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BIG NEWS! Moto Richmond and Scoot RIchmond is MOVING to a new location. We’re still in Manchester thru this week, but on Tuesday July 27, you’ll find us in our new home at 6000 Midlothian Turnpike. Are you excited, because WE CERTAINLY ARE! Pardon our dust if you come by 217 W 7th this week to say your farewells, but we’re STOKED to show you the new spot.

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Multiple People Shot in the 1100 block of Hull Street

At approximately 5:41 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 1100 block of Hull Street for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

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From RPD:

At approximately 5:41 p.m. yesterday, officers responded to the 1100 block of Hull Street for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

One victim was pronounced at the scene, the second male was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A third male victim in his late teens self-transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Crewell at (804) 646-5324 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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