The original source of photo unknown but there is a version on RTD Archives with the following text:
Trolley at Forest Hill Park, circa 1910. Standing at left of the trolley in the dark suit is Richmond businessman T. J. Cousins. In 1889, the property that would become Forest Hill Park was sold to the Southside Land and Improvement Company, and became a terminus for the Forest Hill trolley, part of one of the first successful trolley systems in the United States. To attract passengers to the countryside, the residence on the property was converted into a trolley terminus and an elaborate amusement park was built on the grounds, complete with carousel, roller coaster, fun house, dance hall, penny arcade, and golf course. The park also included a bath house, swimming area, and boat lake. The park remained a popular Richmond attraction until it closed in 1932 due to the economic constraints of the Great Depression.
If you’re interested in seeing some great pictures of Richmond from the eyes of a streetcar operator find a copy of “From A Richmond Streetcar Life Through the Lens of Harris Stilson”.
In the 1900s Harris Stilson worked as a streetcar operator. His camera never left his side. He was constantly capturing the daily minutiae of Richmonders simply living. Looking at his photos is the closest you can come to a time machine. Harris’ great-granddaughter, Kitty Snow went through his collection and published the book.
Rezoning Request for a Mixed Use Building at Dunston and Westover Hill Boulevard
The rezoning – Planning Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for May 17th at 1:30pm and the request is to change from R-5 Residential.
Spotted on Forest View Neighborhood Facebook posted by Ashley
The rezoning signs have gone up for the Old Christmas Tree Lot that’s across from the Valero. The developer is applying for a Special Use Permit (R-63). It’s currently a R-5 Residential.
The rezoning – Planning Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for May 17th at 1:30pm. https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx I understand that you can submit comments ahead of the meeting.The developer (whom I have no association with- just sharing what I know) is planning on building a mix use building.– 3 Story Building– The third floor will be SIX Apartments ( Four 1 bedroom apartments and Two 2 bedroom apartments).– The second floor will be office space– And the first floor will be retail– Trash service will be a dumpster with a privacy screen– UPDATED: 9 spots parking spots + 1 handicapped parking spot = 10 parking spots behind the building but expected street parking will be used– At least a year lease for the apartments / targeting young professionals
The images were distributed at a Forest Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting.
South of the James Community Festival Morphing into Mile of Music at Forest Hill Park
On Saturday, June 12th you’ll be able to walk around Forest Hill Park and enjoy some sweet sounds.
In previous years the Richmond Symphony would set up their really big tent and host music. This year they’re still playing music but it’s a little different. On Saturday, June 12th you’ll be able to walk around Forest Hill Park and enjoy some sweet sounds.
While we are encouraged by the progress being made in the state of Virginia, the Richmond Symphony has decided to take a different direction with the South of the James Community Festival this year, primarily due to COVID and still needing to maintain social distancing protocols, etc. With that in mind, we are moving forward with an alternative approach.
Please join us at the new event, Mile for Music: https://fb.me/e/1eT2qOcJt
Over the course of two hours, Mile of Music will have several performing groups set-up along an approximate 1-mile route within Forest Hill Park – you can take your time to enjoy music in the park from 2-4pm! Hope to see you there!
Richmond BizSense Reporting: Nonprofit Little Hands that Clothes Babies Moves Into Stratford Hills
The nonprofit takes donated clothes and other items and distributes them to children.
From Richmond BizSense.com:
Little Hands opened a new office at 7101-L Forest Hill Ave. in the Shops at Stratford Hills in early April. The nonprofit collects donated new and like-new clothing, diapers, soap and other items for children up to 3 years old and then distributes the donations to children referred by its partner network.
“We provide essentials to young children in need in the greater Richmond area,” founder and executive director Taylor Keeney said. “That (age range) is in particular a time when kids are growing and constantly needing new clothing and gear.”
Little Hands launched out of Keeney’s garage in 2019, and by the fall of that year moved into a classroom at Second Baptist Church in Henrico. After heightened demand spurred by the pandemic, the nonprofit relocated again.
Details from Little Hands Instagram on how you can make a donation.
We are opening the doors to our new office on Wednesday! Come see us this week!
Our new office is located at 7101 Forest Hill Ave., Suite L, Richmond, VA 23225. It is in the Shops at Stratford Hills, right in between Publix and Target.
All donations must be brought to the back door. When you pull into the shopping center, drive around to the back (either around the Publix or Target). There is a sign on the Little Hands door! Ring the doorbell and a volunteer will meet you at the door.
For a refersher on the items we accept, and what must be new versus gently used, visit www.littlehandsva.org/how-to-help.
We will be posting our regular hours for the spring later this week, including some Saturday hours coming up in April. See you soon!