Northside is generally associated with Lewis Ginter and John Pope, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and the Bellevue Arch. It includes Ginter Park, Bellevue, Laburnum Park, Barton Heights, and Brookland Park. It was the dream area for development for Lewis Ginter and John Pope as they bought a tobacco plantation and other nearby farms, but they didn’t live long enough to see their dream fulfilled. Their families continued their dreams creating Bellevue, “Beautiful view”, Ginter Park, and Laburnum Park, including the land gifted for the Union Presbyterian Seminary. Northside Richmond is full of character and charm, unique and beautiful architecture, and plenty of culture. A variety of architectural styles reside in Northside: bungalows, American foursquares, Queen Anne Colonial Revivals, Tudor Revivals, and even some Spanish style homes. Locals can be spotted catching up at many of the popular neighbor eateries: Dot’s Back Inn, Demi’s Mediterranean Kitchen, Stir Crazy Cafe, Northside Grill, Early Bird Biscuit Co. Brookland Park Market, Fuzzy Cactus, or Ruby Scoops.
Bellevue, Laburnum Park, and Ginter Park were once a tobacco plantation. Barton Heights was undeveloped acreage. Both are characterized by their beauty that enticed their original purchasers, with dreams of suburbs.
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