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:
Richmond Hill Historical Society
85-03 114 Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
RHHS website is Green! Click the images
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IN THE NEWS: Join us for a "Landmark Ceremony
of the Forest Park Carousel" hosted by Council Member, Elizabeth
Crowley, on Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM. Our RHHS Historian,
Carl Ballenas, will be speaking at the event since our past President,
Nancy Cataldi, played an important role in getting the landmark
status for the Carousel. This event is also especially tied to Nancy,
as October 28th marks the 5th anniversary of her untimely passing. Please
try to come to this important event to honor the Carousel, Nancy's memory,
and her important contributions to preservation. For more information,
see attached Flyer.
OPEN MEETING: All are invited to attend our Open
Meeting which features an informative lecture and video presented by Tony
De Nonno, on the distinctive art form of marionette theater that emerged
in Sicily, Italy during the early nineteenth century. Date: Friday,
November 22, 7:30 PM. Location: Leonard Center at 86-13 112 St. Free
Admission. For more information, see attached Flyer.
ICE CREAM SUMMER SOCIAL EVENT:
The Richmond Hill Historical Society's Ice Cream Social
Event was held on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Click
here to read more. Photo by Nicholas Biondo, Times Newsweekly.
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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