Highland Springs, VA: A Short History

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History of Highland Springs

Highland Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in the county of Henrico, Virginia. It was founded in the 1890s by Edmund Sewell Read, who was looking to settle somewhere of suitable climate for his sick wife. The many natural springs (an inspiration for its name) in the area attracted Read and his family. So, he bought 1000 acres of land mid-way along the streetcar route from Richmond, through Henrico County, to the Seven Pines National Cemetery. He divided the tract into lots and laid out cross streets along the main street of Nine Mile Road. These cross streets were named after plants and laid out alphabetically in order starting west.

  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Cedar
  • Daisy
  • Elm
  • Fern
  • Grove
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Juniper
  • Kalmia
  • Linden
  • Mapleleaf
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Quince
  • Rose
  • Spruce

Other streets in the area were Read Street, Lee Street and Washington Street. Today, Highland Springs has a total area of 8.3 square miles. 8.0 square miles of which is land, and 0.35 square miles is water. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, the CDP has a humid subtropical climate, which means it has hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. As of the 2010 census, the population for the area is 15,711 people.

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Historic Mankin Mansion

The Historic Mankin Mansion is a private and wedding estate in Highland Springs. Located on Oakleys Lane, the Georgian Revival-style property dates back to the early 20th century when it was constructed by the entrepreneurial brick maker Edward Thurston Mankin. The Mankin's handmade bricks that were generated on-site were used in the private estate of John D. Rockefeller, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, prominent buildings at Yale University, Colonial Williamsburg and the reconstructed Jamestown Church. In 2004, Martin and Paula Ramirez renovated the estate to provide a private wedding venue for couples. In 2006, the national award-winning Historic Mankin Mansion was open to hosting weddings, engagements and events.

The Springs Recreation Center

The Springs Recreation Center is operated by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks. Open daily from dawn to dusk, the 400-acre property was owned by Jacob and Elizabeth Tyree in 1852. Known as Woodstock, 208 acres of it were purchased by the Locomotive Club of Richmond. In 1925, they proceeded to build the clubhouse that still exists today. In 1977, the name of the property was changed to the Confederate Hills Swim and Tennis Club. The Richmond and Rappahannock Railroad ran through the area. As of 1994, it has become part of the Recreation and Parks system.

The name of the property was changed to The Springs Recreation Center on June 9, 2020. It features an open play area, picnic area, pavilion, pickleball courts, a regulation croquet lawn, two shuffleboard courts and restrooms. The facility is also available for private rentals. You have the opportunity to hold birthday parties, gatherings, celebrations, retreats and more here. Classes and events are also offered year-round for children and adults to enjoy.

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