Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Opulence in Glen Allen
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
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Allen.
Also see . . .
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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,171 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.