We first talked about Forest View Cemetery here. What looks like an abandoned lot at 4909 Bassett Avenue is actually a cemetery dating to the 1800’s. A group of nearby residents has taken on the task of restoring the cemetery. Join Friends of Forest View Cemetery to keep up to date with efforts.
To get ready for the next phase a fundraising effort is going on and you can donate online.
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 fall/winter phase was a success and a quarter of the land was cleared! With a portion of the land cleared, we were able to meet with an archaeologist who was able to identify several burial sites. Our spring phase will clear the entire cemetery, with the environmentally friendly use of goats. We will then be able to bring archeologists onto the land to 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.
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 more goats!
RVA Goats will remove trash and visible non-vegetative debris. Trees and shrubs less than 2 inches in diameter will be cut. Brush along edges of cemetery will be removed. A path will be cut and fencing will be installed to enclose the entire cemetery. A herd of approximately 25 or more goats will be installed and goats will remove leaves, stems, and woody material. Brush and debris will be hauled to appropriate waste management and composting facilities.
The clearing of the land and its overgrowth will allow Friends of Forest View Cemetery to work with archeologists and historians to learn more about the cemetery and its history.
RRRC Pony Pasture 5k
Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still.
This Saturday at 7:30 AM runners will gather to honor a friend and raise money for the RRRC Scholarship Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.