Oregon Hill Walking Tour This Sunday

Valentine Museum-sponsored walking tour of the neighborhood takes place this Sunday from 2 to 4 pm.

From FaceBook event page:

Oregon Hill originated as a grouping of residences for workers from the Tredegar Iron Works and survives today as a tight-knit working class enclave that has continued to thrive with remarkable cohesion. Learn about its history and newer developments. Meet at Laurel and Idlewood streets.

$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members
Walk-ups welcome.
Cash or check.
On street parking.

This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine. We offer a full schedule of walking and bus tours of city neighborhoods, waterways, parks, retail districts, historic sites and battlefields. Led by a trained master guide, a Richmond History Tour is the best way to experience the city’s past, present and future.

Neighborhood Association Meeting Tomorrow Night

From email announcement:

Hello all

Just a reminder that the August OHNA meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday the 23rd, at 7 pm. We are meeting at the Parish House at St. Andrew’s.

On the agenda:

The newest group of Grace on the Hill interns will be present.

Joyce Livingstone, a biologist, and neighbor Stephenie Harrington will be discussing a native Virginian plant, the cardinal flower. Joyce started growing the plant in her own yard, and with the wet weather we had this year, she has a bumper crop of cardinal flowers. Joyce will be handing out free plants starting at around 6ish at St. Andrew’s. The cardinal plant has bright red flowers and likes shade and a damp environment.

Joyce has started a Facebook page to post information and pictures of the cardinal flower and notifications of events where she will be handing out free flowers. This public group is “Cardinal Flower Fever.”

Neighbor Nolen Blackwood of 349 S. Laurel St (Bunny Hop) will be present.


Nearby Protest March Saturday

There is a planned protest in Richmond by Service Employees International Union on Saturday, August 13 (click for Washington Post article).

From Richmond police:

The following locations will be closed for the event planned Saturday between the hours of 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
W. Franklin Street between Belvidere and N. Lombardy St.
Monument Ave between N. Lombardy and S. Meadow Street.
All side streets at these location wil also be closed.
No Parking will be enforced on Franklin St and Monument Ave. N. Allen Ave will also be enforced as well as the 1600-1800 Blk of W.Broad St & 1000 Blk. W. Grace St. Between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please pay close attention to the No Parking Signs during this day. We are trying to prevent vehicles/personal property from possibly be damaged.

Knights of Columbus Yard Sale Needs Vendors for August 27

From notice:

The Knights of Columbus will be holding our 4th annual giant charity yard sale on Saturday August 27th next to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (downtown next to Monroe Park and the Altria Theatre). The yard sale will be a combination of 20 or so independent vendor tables and the Knights will be selling donated items for charity. We will advertise heavily to VCU students and residents in the near by Fan and Oregon Hill area . Six foot tables are only $35 and hours of operation will from be 8AM to 3:30PM. A limited number of tables are still available. All vendors must sign a hold harmless waiver form. Please email me (Alex) if your are interested in reserving a table. Thank you!!!

“4-Plex” Auction Later This Month

Transom Auction will be conducting an auction sale of 516 S. Pine Street on August 18.


Their website includes details about the sale, including this description:

Great Investment Opportunity! Located in the heart of trendy Oregon Hill and just down the block from restaurants Mama Zu and L’Opossum. Easy walk to VCU and Belle Isle. This quaint building has everything an investor could want – 100% occupancy – (4) one bedroom/one bath apartments as well as (4) separately leased garages. Extra large lot with fenced backyard, expansive covered front porch as well as first and second floor rear porches accessible by each unit.
Rare 4-plex on Oregon Hill with 4 garages
Current occupancy 100%
4 new hot water tanks 2014
Huge lot with potential to add additional units (subject to city approval)
Annualized gross rents nearly $35,000/year ($2,896 per month)

Neighborhood Cleanup Announced for August 6th

Cherry Street neighbor Jimmy Blackford announced an Oregon Hill neighborhood cleanup for Saturday, August 6th, coordinated with the help of RVA Clean Sweep.

From the FaceBook event page:

Can You Join Us for Oregon Hill Alley Cleanup? Sat., Aug 6 8am-10am. Meet at Pleasants Park (401 S Laurel St – corner of S laurel & Albemarle St.). All are invited, whether or not you live in Oregon Hill. . . . . You Can Choose One of Two Tasks: 1) A simple litter pickup thru the neighborhood 2) Going thru the alleys throwing furniture/large refuse into a city garbage truck. Either job & you’ll improve our neighborhood immensely. Please wear closed-toe shoes. We’ll supply grabbers, trash bags, gloves & drinking water. (sponsored by RVA Clean Sweep & Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association).

There is also a MeetUp.com page for the event.