Historic District Plaques

by Sue on September 21, 2012

We are now accepting orders for the official Historic District Plaques. There are two options, shown below:

Brass Plaques are $95.00 each including delivery and engraving of the construction date for your individual house or property:
image shows the circular historic designation plaque for Forest Hill in brass against a brick facade

Bronze Plaques are $184.00 each including delivery and engraving of the construction date for your individual house or property:

image shows the circular historic designation plaque for Forest Hill in bronze against a brick facade

To order your Historic Designation Plaque, please download and complete the order form here. Make checks payable to the Forest Hill Historic Designation Committee and deliver/mail to Carolyn Paulette, 4312 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225.

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The Forest Hill Historic Designation Committee is pleased to announce that the Department of Historic Resources Boards passed their nomination for historic designation this morning at their quarterly meeting. As of today, June 21, 2012, the 740 + properties listed as contributing properties within the boundaries indicated on the linked map are listed on the State Register of Historic Places and are eligible for state tax credits and other benefits which this nomination grants.

The Department of Historic Resources will forward the nomination to the National Park Service to be approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as well. In two months or less the NPS will notify the committee whether they have been listed or not on the National Register.

We are now the Forest Hill Historic District similar to other historic districts already listed in Richmond: Woodland Heights, Ginter Park, West of the Boulevard, the Fan, and Monument Avenue. We have the right to display a plaque indicating that our individual property is listed in the Forest Hill Historic District with the construction date of the house on the plaque. Look for more about Forest Hill Historic District plaques on this site in the near future.

Many thanks to all of the residents and the committee members who have worked to support this nomination.

Carolyn Paulette
Forest Hill Historic Designation Committee

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Forest Hill Makes News

September 23, 2011

Yesterday Kerri O’Brien of WRIC attended the combined board hearing and created the following segment for the 5 & 6:00 news: We are in the process of requesting the full roll from the hearing. If we’re able to obtain it, we’ll post it here with their permission.

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Nomination Hearing Update

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Today the Historic Designation committee had the opportunity to present the Forest Hill historic district nomination at a joint meeting of the State Review Board and the Historic Resources Board. More than 20 neighborhood residents also attended the meeting, and 11 gave 2 minute prepared remarks to the boards. The State Review Board voted unanimously […]

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Show Your Support

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On Thursday, September 22, 2011, the Forest Hill Historic Designation Committee will meet with the Department of Historic Resources Boards’ to present our nomination for the neighborhood. Having strong neighborhood support for the nomination is critical to its passage. If you support Historic Designation status for the Forest Hill Neighborhood, please sign our petition of […]

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Forest Hill Waterworks

September 8, 2011

Waterworks (Structure) 127-6069-0790 The potential for harnessing the power of the Falls shaped the development of Forest Hill in the nineteenth century. Frederick Clarke, from his plantation (Maple Crest, 127-6069-0550) in Forest Hill, and his cousin Chastain Clarke, who owned land on the James River east of Maple Crest, coordinated efforts to produce water power […]

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The Richmond & Danville Railroad, 1847

September 7, 2011

The Richmond & Danville (R&D) Railroad was chartered in 1847, with the railroad tracks completed by 1850 between the City of Richmond and Coalfield Station in Midlothian, Chesterfield County, Virginia. Within the boundaries of Forest Hill, Rockfield Station was situated near the north end of West 43rd Street. The station was the third stop on […]

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Bernard Markham

September 6, 2011

Bernard Markham was one of the first prominent resident-owners of the land area encompassing the Forest Hill Historic District. On June 18, 1768, Markham purchased a 1,730-acre tract of land from William Byrd III. It is likely that Markham lived in a dwelling near the site of Maple Crest as subsequent property deeds refer to […]

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John Cullen Robertson

September 5, 2011

John Cullen Robertson, a native of Amelia County, moved to Manchester shortly after the Civil War, joining an impressive list of lawyers, including Frederick Clarke, Holden Rhodes and Richard Archer, who worked in the nearby cities of Manchester and Richmond, but commuted to suburban homes in Forest Hill. He established a law practice in Manchester, […]

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Holden Rhodes

September 2, 2011

In the decade prior to the Civil War, the inauguration of railway service by the Richmond & Danville Railroad triggered a real estate investment plan to transform Forest Hill from a the semi-rural suburban village into a suburban extension of Manchester. Holden Rhodes, a local attorney and businessman, played a major role in laying the […]

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