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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Grace Evelyn Arents

 
 
Grace Evelyn Arents Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 6, 2012
1. Grace Evelyn Arents Marker
Inscription. Grace Arents was a visionary social reformer and philanthropist whose quiet determination and generosity transformed Richmond. Her passions were children, nature, books, architecture, and her church. To aid the poor, “Miss Grace” established the city's first public housing and visiting nurse system; built schools, a gym, a playground, a kindergarten, and churches, introducing a sweeping array of health, educational, and vocational reforms. She also built Richmond's first free circulating-library. Arents converted her Henrico estate, Bloemendaal Farm, into a children's convalescent home and later a model farm. Ultimately she bequeathed it to the city to become the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden honoring her beloved uncle, entrepreneur Lewis Ginter.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 3-a.)
 
Location. 37° 37.099′ N, 77° 28.214′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Lakeside Avenue and Club Road, on the left when traveling north on Lakeside Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA 23228, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 6, 2012
2. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Entrance
. Belmont (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gabriel's Rebellion (approx. ĺ mile away); Gabrielís Insurrection (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Fort Under Attack (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confederate Fortifications (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stuart's Ride (approx. 0.8 miles away); Outer Fortifications (approx. 0.9 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
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Also see . . .
1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. The Invisible Philanthropist: Grace Arents, a shy heiress, transformed her city. Richmond Magazine (May 2009) (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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