Photo: Jackson Pond, Forest Park - 1960.
Frank Loeber Collection.
This photo shows how Jackson Pond was at one time in Richmond Hill before
it was filled-in. Almost lake-like, "The Pond" served as a "watering-hole"
for everyone to enjoy the calm of the water, and to sail one's boat across
the great sea during the spring and summer months.
Under the shade of the weeping willow trees, one could truly feel that
this was Richmond Hill's oasis. During the winter months, the pond would
freeze over. Many would enjoy ice skating on the pond. Unfortunately,
rumor has it, this may have what caused the pond to be filled-in over
the years. Due to safety concerns for the children, it was deemed safer
to drain the pond, fill it in, and extend the parkland.
According to the NYC Parks Dept., the pond and the playground across the
street is named for Jarvis Jackson, former Park Superintendent
of Forest Park. This was also the site of the Forest Park Lodge, a mansion
once owned by Mayor Abram Hewitt (1822-1903) and dry goods merchant Alexander
Field, which once sat on the hill north of what is now Myrtle Avenue and
108th Street. The City of Brooklyn acquired the parcel sometime between
1895 and 1898, and the City of New York acquired it on January 1, 1898,
after the consolidation of the five boroughs. Jackson and other park officials
then occupied the mansion until 1941, when the mansion was torn down to
make way for a playground.
Archive Museum The
Society has its own Archival Museum
where written and photographic history about the Richmond Hill community
is preserved. The museum is now located at Kearns
Funeral home on 115th Street and Myrtle Avenue, and is open for
viewing by appointment.
Richmond Hill Historical Society has published several books on the
history of Richmond Hill:
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Membership Renewal 2013 . Thank you for
your continued support!
Open Meeting: "Forest Hills".
Former Forest Hills resident, Nicholas Hirshon, will take us back
to the "fairy-book suburb" as Sinclair Lewis wrote, with architecture inspired by medieval villages.
Join us as we learn more about our neighboring garden city community.
Free Admission for All—Refreshments Served. RHHS Items for Sale.
DATE: Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:30 PM. Location: Leonard
Center, Corner of 86 Avenue and 112 Street.
In the News: We are
pleased to announce that on February 22, 2013, the RHHS had its
biennial election of directors and attending members voted unanimously to
re-instate our current slate
of Board Members to serve another 2-year term.
here for our List of Supporters
from our November 2012 Annual Dinner Dance.
Recovering from Hurricane Sandy: News
from Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder (Assembly District
23). This newsletter from November 2012 has information
on Disaster Relief Assistance, Relief Centers, and more. Click
here for newsletter.
The video documentation above is a profile of Richmond
Hill from 2007.
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Richmond Hill featured on NY1 Channel.
NY1 interviewedIvan Mrakovicic, president of the Richmond Hill Historical
Society. For further details visit This
Special Thanks to former Board Member Joseph DeMay, Jr.
for creating several beautiful video slideshows of Kew Gardens and of
our Society events. The introductory video below was created by Dennis
Doyle. Visit our YouTube webpage for More…
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