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Forest Hill Park

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1889, A. Langstaff Johnston, civil engineer. 1934, public park improvements. James River on the north, Forest Hill and Semmes avenues on the south, and various streets on the east and west

Johnston laid out this park of approximately 100 acres concurrently with the Woodland Heights subdivision. In 1889, with the exception of some granite quarrying, the park was largely in a natural state, and the initial improvements consisted only of paths and bridges. The park was intended as an amenity for Woodland Heights residents and as a “Mecca of the lovers of nature,” as promotional literature touted it. Apparently, nature was not a sufficient attraction, and after 1900 the Virginia Railway and Power Company constructed an amusement park to increase streetcar ridership. Closed during the Great Depression, the property was deeded to the city of Richmond in 1934. The city demolished the amusement park and built modest amenities such as picnic shelters.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Forest Hill Park", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 288-288.

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