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High’s Ice Cream (1952)

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22 comments

Elaine Odell 07/05/2013 at 10:03 AM

So this High’s once stood on what is now Patrick Henry Park?

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john_m 07/05/2013 at 11:37 AM Reply
Alex 07/05/2013 at 2:41 PM

It’s kind of a shame these buildings were lost for a rarely used park. It would be nice to have a few more retail storefronts left in the neighborhood.

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PTG 07/06/2013 at 8:30 AM

Weren’t they lost due to structural instability caused by the train tunnel and its occasional collapses?

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john_m 07/06/2013 at 8:36 AM

This map does show that the tunnel runs right through there http://www.flickr.com/photos/murden/4337701820/sizes/o/

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Dave 07/06/2013 at 8:42 AM

I always heard that those buildings were torn down due to a deteriorated portion of the church hill train tunnel below. The park was established to at least provide some use for the land but it was deemed unsafe for any other use.

Not sure if any of this is true…just recounting a story I’ve heard a few times about that space.

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spacecat 07/06/2013 at 9:04 AM

john_m, from what year is that map?

Do you know if there are any remnants of the central lunatic asylum still extant?

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john_m 07/06/2013 at 9:28 AM

That map is from 1883.

None of the asylum is left. Here is a short history if you’re interested:
https://chpn.net/news/2008/07/09/a-short-history-of-the-central-lunatic-asylum_1773/

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spacecat 07/06/2013 at 9:36 AM

thanks. google maps cleared it up. looks like it used to be around N20th and T st, which is all residential now.

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Gayles Parkermoore 07/08/2013 at 3:22 PM

Highs Icecream storm was located at 25th and Q Street. Richmond, VA

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Don O'Keefe 07/15/2013 at 6:03 PM

Perhaps someday Patrick Henry Park will be eliminated. I think this might be a good direction for the neighborhood if something useful of high architectural quality was built there

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James D. Virgil 07/15/2013 at 8:56 PM

The last remembrance of Highs Ice Cream Store was 12/27/68, at which time it was being robbed and at that time
I wanted some real sherbert ICE CREAM

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Eric S. Huffstutler 03/11/2014 at 2:49 AM

This block is the subject of my upcoming April CHA Newsletter article. If anyone have leads to other shots of the block prior to it being demolished in 1961 please let me know.

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Want some ice cream? The Neighborhood Scoop is now open! - Church Hill People's News | Richmond, Virginia 09/03/2017 at 8:17 AM

[…] I was lamenting the lack of a proper ice cream shop nearby, she told me of her memories of High’s Ice Cream. […] I immediately began dreaming of wanting to “bring back” her sense of the local place […]

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James D. Virgil 05/08/2018 at 7:17 PM

I grew up on Churchill between 26th and 25th of “Q” street and was lovely nieborhood with soulfull people.

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