Spring Park

Spring Park (HMGFK)

Location: Richmond, VA 23228
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.952', W 77° 27.905'

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Healing Waters

The earliest record of the property shows that Samuel Williamson owned the 400 acre tract in 1796. His son, Dabney, who inherited the property, owned a slave by the name Lewis who participated in Gabriel's Rebellion in 1800. Lewis attempted to persuade comrades to free those arrested shortly after the rebellion unraveled. He was tried and deported.

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, rub it on themselves or bathe in it hoping to benefit from its medicinal characteristics. Others just enjoyed the relaxation and company they found down by the spring. Better medical treatments, changing social customs and mobility from the automobile ended the popularity of springs throughout the state in the early twentieth century.

Map: Virginia Historical Society
Advertisement (inset): Library of Virginia
Placed ByCounty of Henrico
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282382 N 4164204
Decimal Degrees37.59920000, -77.46508333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.952', W 77° 27.905'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 57.12" N, 77° 27' 54.30" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5201 Bloomingdale Ave, Richmond VA 23228, US
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