Highland Springs Historic District
The Highland Springs Historic District is located along Nine Mile Road about 4 miles east of the City of Richmond and is composed of 1,400 properties, including 15 blocks of the Nine Mile Road commercial corridor and surrounding residential properties. Development of the residential area began in 1890 with the purchase of a large tract of farmland by Edmund S. Read and the construction of an electric trolley line from Richmond to Seven Pines National Cemetery. The majority of the houses in the district are single family dwellings dating to the period starting just after World War I and up to the mid-twentieth century and represent a variety of residential architectural styles. The district also includes commercial and community buildings, a water tower, seven undeveloped park preserves, and Bonanza Springs, one of the many springs in the district that inspired the community’s name.
Recognizing the area’s unique history and intact architectural character, Henrico County requested and substantially funded listing of the district in the Virginia Landmarks Register in late 2017 and the National Register of Historic Places in May 2018.
The establishment of the Highland Springs Historic District was made possible by the support of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Henrico Department of Community Revitalization coordinated the survey work and nomination process to enable the District’s establishment.
The Virginia Landmarks Register, established in 1966 and managed by the Department of Historic Resources, is the state’s official list of properties important to Virginia’s history.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.