AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT:
Forest Hill Antiques, 804.320.7344
The Library of Virginia Shop, 804.692.7344
The Valentine Richmond History Center, 804.649.0711, ext. 337
We suggest you phone ahead to be sure the booklet(s) are in stock.
TO ORDER BY MAIL: Please send a note to Friends of Forest Hill Park, P. O. Box 13161, Richmond, VA 23225, stating the number and title of the book you are ordering. Be sure to include your return address or the address where you want the books shipped, along with a check for $5 per book, plus $1.50 shipping and handling per order, payable to Friends of Forest Hill Park. Proceeds from the sale of these booklets support preservation and educational programs at historic Forest Hill Park.
An Illustrated History of Forest Hill Park
This is the first book ever to offer a comprehensive history of Forest Hill Park, one of Richmond’s oldest and most beautiful public parks. The engaging text by historian Lynne A. George, illustrated with historic photographs and antique engravings, traces the history of this exceptional property to 1768, as part of the estate of William Byrd III of Westover and Falls Plantation. The story continues through its life as “Boscobel,” a working farm and country estate under the ownership of Holden Rhodes (1799-1857), prominent Richmond and Chesterfield attorney and jurist, to its colorful past as a turn-of-the-century trolley terminal and amusement park, complete with roller coaster, carousel, dance hall, penny arcade and bowling alley. Today, Forest Hill Park lives on as one of the city’s most popular and beloved green-spaces South of the James.
Woodland Heights, Virginia
Woodland Heights, Virginia Forest Hill Park Commemorative Edition Softbound, 4-color cover, 32 pages, 21 duotone illustrations. 6 by 9-1/2 inches. Price: $5.00
Read your way back to 1891…and catch a glimpse of life in the Gilded Age. In publishing, “Woodland Heights, Virginia,” Friends of Forest Hill Park collaborated with the Library of Virginia to publish an updated edition of a rare, out-of-print developer’s booklet in the LVA collection. This edition’s subtitle is the “Forest Hill Park Commemorative Edition,” because it was published to mark the park’s recent official listing on the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Landmarks. Several years ago, volunteer historians for the park group discovered a rare copy of a richly illustrated pamphlet, published circa 1891 by a Manchester-area real estate developer, in the Library of Virginia’s collections. The booklet describes the park’s unspoiled green space in great detail, luring homeowners to a healthier, more comfortable life in Woodland Heights, Richmond’s newest “trolley-car suburb.” A few excerpts from the booklet were featured in the Friends’ “Illustrated History of Forest Hill Park.” This time, the rare original has been be reprinted in its entirety, and updated with a new essay that traces the growth of the park and surrounding neighborhoods of Westover Hills, Forest Hill, and Woodland Heights during the past century. This edition celebrates the park’s historic designation as it revives the elegance of Old Richmond at its finest.