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High’s Ice Cream (1952)

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James D. VirgilWant some ice cream? The Neighborhood Scoop is now open! - Church Hill People's News | Richmond, VirginiaEric S. HuffstutlerJames D. VirgilDon O'Keefe Recent comment authors

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

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

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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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john_m, from what year is that map?

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

spacecat
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spacecat

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

Gayles Parkermoore
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Gayles Parkermoore

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

Don O'Keefe
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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

James D. Virgil
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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

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

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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[…] 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 […]

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