Richmond Hill Historical Society
Jackson Pond 1960

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Photo: Jackson Pond, Forest Park - 1960.
Courtesy 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.

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Archive Museum
Archive MuseumThe 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.

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Richmond Hill Historical Society
85-03 114 Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Phone: 718-704-9317

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Open Meeting: Friday, April 24, 7:30 PM. Topic will be A Trip Through NYC's Unbuilt Subway System. Location: Leonard Center 86-13 112 Street Richmond Hill, NY. Free Admission. All Invited.

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Ice Cream Social

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.

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Facebook Links Facebook Links: The Richmond Hill Historical Society supports the landmarking of the Forest Park Carousel and supports the Rockaway Beach Branch Greenway.

Please visit our friends at the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, which greatly supports our efforts for a Historic District and honors the memory of our former president, Nancy Cataldi.

The video documentation above is a profile of Richmond Hill from 2007.

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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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