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Forest Hill Historic District, Richmond

This historic neighborhood arose as a trolley car suburb in an area just south of the James River and Richmond's central business district. Many such developments were situated at the termini of the trolley car lines, often near to amusement and picnic facilities to lure potential homeowners. One very successful example was Forest Hill Park, the last stop on the Richmond and Southside Electric Railroad. The park and the trolley line were developed circa 1890 to promote the neighborhood of Woodland Heights, adjacent to the park on the east; but almost immediately they had the effect of spurring growth of the subdivision to the west of the park, which became the Forest Hill neighborhood. The historic district features a blend of house sizes, from the large and sprawling Victorian Queen Anne and Colonial Revival-style mansions on park-like lots to modest, small-scale Craftsmen-style bungalows and Tudor Revival dwellings on smaller lots, among other popular architectural styles.