Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The first notation of the site being a mineral spring appears on a map in 1810. Later it is referred to as a sulphur spring. The Bloomingdale Land Company most likely had the granite spring house constructed sometime in the 1890s when they had many land improvements made. In1907, a real estate advertisement appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch showing the park and spring referred to as Spring Park adjacent to a proposed subdivision.
By 1933, it appears that the spring was no longer in use. An affidavit presented to the Henrico County Board of Supervisors showed “that neither the county nor the public has used the spring or park for many years, or at least twenty years, and the spring no longer exists.”
Springs in Virginia were developed and used for health and entertainment purposes as early as the 1700s. Their heyday was before the Civil War and during the late nineteenth century. People would drink the healing water,
Map: Virginia Historical Society
Advertisement (inset): Library of Virginia
Erected by County of Henrico.
Location. 37° 35.952′ N, 77° 27.905′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Park Street near Bloomingdale Avenue. Click for map. This marker is located at the Spring Park Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Park Street, Henrico VA 23228, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gabrielís Rebellion (a few steps from this marker); Young's Spring (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Bryan Park (about 700 feet away); Richmond Defences (approx. ľ mile away); Sheridan Maneuvers East (approx. 0.6 miles away); AdŤle Goodman Clark Emmanuel Church at Brook Hill Episcopal (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gabrielís Insurrection (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the upper left is a drawing of "One of Virginia's Mineral Springs."
Also see . . .
1. Gabrielís Rebellion. Henrico County (Submitted on November 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Spring Park. Henrico County Historic Preservation and Museum Services (Submitted on November 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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