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Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Forest Lodge

Opulence in Glen Allen

 
 
Forest Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 15, 2009
1. Forest Lodge Marker
Inscription. John Cussons built Forest Lodge as a resort along the Richmond, Fredericksburg, & Potomac Railroad where it intersects with Mountain Road in Glen Allen. The luxurious hotel had 125 rooms and stood six stories high. It took six years to build and was completed in the early 1880s.

Cussons, a successful entrepreneur, spared no expense for the construction of the building. The Victorian structure featured elaborate woodworking and handpainted murals of landscapes and portraitures throughout the interior. Each room had large windows to let in light and provide a pleasant view of the countryside. Visitors lounged on a wide porch that extended around the building on several floors. There was a grand dining room, a music room and an amateur theatre for entertainment.

Cussonís vision included a 1000-acre park surrounding the lodge, which included trails and three lakes for canoeing and fishing. Throughout the park, deer, partridges, peacocks, turkeys and other wild game roamed freely.

Cussonís dream was to entice travelers en route from Florida or New York to stop at this halfway point. Among Cussonsí visitors to the lodge were Buffalo Bill and members of the Sioux tribe whom he lived with out west in the 1850s. He also organized a shareholderís group, the “Forest Lodge Association,” whom jointly benefited
Forest Lodge, soon after construction in the early 1880s. image. Click for full size.
2. Forest Lodge, soon after construction in the early 1880s.
and enjoyed the many features of the facility. While there was local success, the traveling public never made the resort a regular stop. The lodge remained open until 1912 when John Cussons died. The property went through a number of different owners and by 1932, half of the lodge was torn down. It was used sporadically as office space and apartments until it was razed in 1992.
 
Erected by County of Henrico.
 
Location. 37° 39.94′ N, 77° 30.151′ W. Marker is in Glen Allen, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Washington Highway and Mountain Road, on the right when traveling south on Old Washington Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Allen VA 23060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Cussons (here, next to this marker); Forest Lodge Belvedere (within shouting distance of this marker); Walkerton (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glen Allen School (about 800 feet away); Glen Allen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountain Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Glen Allen Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Legion Post 244 (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Allen.
 
Also see . . .
Forest Lodge image. Click for full size.
Library of Virginia
3. Forest Lodge
By 1932, half of Forest Lodge was torn down. What remained, shown here in the 1940s, was razed in 1992.

1. Brookland District Historic Sites - Forest Lodge Cupola. Henrico County Historical Society (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Henrico Plaques. Henrico County Historic Preservation Roadside Marker & Building Plaque Programs (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Lost Architecture - Forest Lodge. Henrico County Historical Society (Submitted on November 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Forest Lodge & John Cussons Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 15, 2009
4. Forest Lodge & John Cussons Markers
Forest Lodge Cupola image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 15, 2009
5. Forest Lodge Cupola
This tower and columns are the last remaining architectural elements from the 1880s resort hotel built by John Cussons.
Historic Preservation Building Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 15, 2009
6. Historic Preservation Building Plaque
Forest Lodge Cupola Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 15, 2009
7. Forest Lodge Cupola Plaque
This tower and the surrounding columns are original architectural elements from Forest Lodge, salvaged at the time of demolition in 1992. The late nineteenth century hotel was located on Mountain Road in the center of Glen Allen just west of the railroad tracks. This project was funded in part from revenue received from VoiceStream Wireless
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,024 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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