Son seeking Moore's Lake memorabilia

Son seeking Moore's Lake memorabilia

There are 113 comments on the Richmond Times-Dispatch story from Jul 8, 2006, titled Son seeking Moore's Lake memorabilia. In it, Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that:

Crump, son of the former owners of Moore's Brick Cottages in Chester, is collecting memorabilia related to Moore's Lake, a once-popular tourist spot along Jefferson Davis Highway.

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Virginia Beach, VA

#21 Aug 26, 2008
I'm a 60 yr old lifelong VA resident living in Norfolk, VA. My parents use to take us to Moore's Lake every year and we had a wonderful time. Oh how we loved to go to Moore's Lake. I was just in the area a couple of weeks ago taking my mother to the train station and I started thinking more about Moore's Lake. I remember the drive down the winding road, the pavillion, the cages to hold your things, the music, the food, the sand, the lake, the slides and everything! It was wonderful! A fun time and one that we looked forward to every year. My mother is 90 yrs., my father deceased but we still talk about Moore's Lake all the time. It's a crying shame that we don't have those things to pass on to our children and our grandchildren. They just don't know what they're missing. I'm just sorry we couldn't remember exactly how to get there from the train station in Petersburg. I wanted to just take a ride by there and show my husband if there was anything left to show. I have just (2) picutres of Moore's Lake Cottages but not the lake itself. I wish I did. If I had a scanner I'd scan in the pictures. People will never know how much happiness Moore's Lake brought to our family and many others. I still have an old wooden apple from the resturant. I use to get one every year, it had a piece of candy inside. Oh, those were the days!

Virginia Beach, VA

#22 Aug 26, 2008
Donna Johnson Grebas wrote:
I scanned those old photos of Moore's Lake from probably 1955 and e-mailed them to everyone who requested them on this site that had an e-mail address on here. If there's anyone else who would like to have them, please let me know your e-mail address. Thanks.
Donna, I sure would love to see your pictures of Moore's Lake.

Thank you,
Lisa Carter

United States

#23 Aug 26, 2008
I remember going to Moore's Lake as a young child, going down the slide and checking out the arcade and concession stand. It was so much fun! I think it closed in the early 80's,I don't remember Flippo's lake, maybe before my time.

Rapid City, SD

#24 Sep 2, 2008
Here is Moore's lake on Live Search go to birds eye view to get really close.

I did walk down there a few years ago all I could find was a blue strip of concrete where the beach use to be
Jim Brennan

Venice, CA

#25 Sep 2, 2008
A friend of mine, Jerry Reid, is attempting to organize a group to be called, "Friends Of Moore's Lake." He can be reached at [email protected]

Jerry and I took an extensive walk down by the lake around March, 2008. It was sad to see that there is absolutely nothing left to indicate what a wonderful place the lake and its Pavilion were. We danced there every night during the summer (swam at night, too!)

Rapid City, SD

#26 Sep 3, 2008
I remember somthing about that but that lake was north of Moores and on the west of Jeff Davis hiway. I remember it had a HUGE slide. Someone did die in the late 60's from spinal meningitis and it was traced back to that lake
Donna Johnson Grebas wrote:
I-95. I can't remember the name of that lake. However, my faded memories seem that they all closed at around the same time and I recall hearing from my parents that it was due to fears of spinal meningitis - perhaps there had been a death or two and people were afraid to go to the lakes and they closed.

Richmond, VA

#27 Sep 3, 2008
I remember when I was a kid hearing that Flippo's Lake was closed due to a spinal meningitus outbreak in the water. But my memory has proven me wrong before.
Jerry Reid


#28 Sep 5, 2008
Hello, James Ol' Bean...What a nice thread going here!
The developers of the commercial/retail/housing property that will include Moore's Lake and all of the other little lakes surrounding the main swimming hole have stated their desire to leave 45% of the area open... and possibly restore or clean nup the lakes.
This is an opportunity to help them do the right thing with a retro-restoration that uses the last (I believe)cottage left and signs, buildings etc. from the era.
Also, I remeber Lake Chester and specifically the health scare that started the long slide down the board to oblivion for most of these wonderful public watersport gathering places.
Friends of Moore's Lake can be our vehicle to get this done in our lifetimes so another piece of history doesn't end up unnoticed forever.
Also, I believe the Spinner family (Linda?) will have a lot of meorabilia from their days trying to keep me and my friends out of trouble while hormones raged and songs were danced to. Can we contact them?


Contact me at [email protected]
Jerry Reid


#29 Sep 9, 2008
Old Bars Man wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr. Reid, I read your post and am wondering if you are the Jerry Reid world famous pinto racer?
That would be me... in the world of IMSA RS racers, I am almost famous as the guy who drove "Lime Slime", the ultimate back-yard built Pinto ever raced. This car was hands down the best at Mid-Ohio 6-Hour race.
Just like Moore's Lake, memories always grow fonder.
A Moores Lake Admirer

United States

#30 Sep 12, 2008
I am not sure, from what I can remember two boys (Woody and Michael Murray) I grew up with on Cicero Parkway in Chester lost their father to Spinal Meningitis from swimming in Chester Lake or it might have been Flippo's. It seems to me it happened in the late 60's or very early 70's. There was a small lake at the eastern intersection of Rt 10 and I95; another on a hill north and on the same side of what was the Bennett Ford Dealership on US1; Forest Lake in the neighborhood I grew up in had a small swimming hole and what looked to be a laundry Mat??? There were many places to swim in Chester and a lot of good memories to go with them. Keep the thread going!

Del Mar, CA

#31 Sep 13, 2008
I grew up in Bensley Village, graduated TDHS in '63 so here is what I remember from the good old days.
In the late 50's and early 60's the three favorite lakes were Moore's Lake, Lake Chester and Red Water Lake (later Filippo's Lake). Lake Chester was on the west side of the Pike north of Bennett (Haley) Ford. It had a high slide with a wheeled platform to ride down and splash in the water. A lot of fun although my aunt broke her arm on it.
All three lakes had instances of Spinal Meningitis. I know I took some kind of medicine 3 or 4 times after someone had died. Strange there were only 1 case each time.
If I remember correctly where the bowling alley is there is a lake in front of it. Mr. Moore after selling his lake started to build a new one but something happened and it was never completed. Instead the property was converted to the bowling alley and putt putt.
Moore's Lake had a security guard, I don't remember his name but his job was to keep us teens out of trouble and mostly was successful.
Yes they were the good times that I still remember fondly.
Old Bars Man

United States

#32 Sep 14, 2008
Jerry Reid wrote:
<quoted text>
That would be me... in the world of IMSA RS racers, I am almost famous as the guy who drove "Lime Slime", the ultimate back-yard built Pinto ever raced. This car was hands down the best at Mid-Ohio 6-Hour race.
Just like Moore's Lake, memories always grow fonder.
Jerry, I also remember those days with great fondness, the day I attempted to help Terry and Hoyt get that Pinto off of the trailer with the brakes locked up.
I guess it is a true sign of getting old when you remember things like the first race I drove in at Summit Point I had two male ends on my seatbelts and had to borrow one from another competitor to race. Scott Fritchley running the spitfire and later the toyota and waiting with much anticipation the arrival of the ex Racer Walch IMSA pinto to arrive at Hoyt Oberbaugh's garage.

I seem to remember you working the parts counter at old Bradley's Sports Car Center, correct?
penny smith

Durham, NC

#33 Oct 14, 2008
we also grew up going to moores lake me my brother mike and sister katina im sad to see it gone
Dee Dee

Utica, KY

#34 Oct 21, 2008
I worked at Moores brick cottages in the summer of 1990. The Resturant was still there and the cottages were still up and running. People still used their Rvs and Trailers still stood on the property. It was a lovely place and the Lady owner was a real sweet lady but she used to say "I have a pistol and I'm not afraid to use it". I enjoyed working there and I really hoped I could have stayed. like they say nothing good lasts forever.

Butler, MD

#35 Oct 28, 2008
Hi Donna,
Please send me a picture of Flippo's lake at
[email protected]
Lynne Thurston-DeShiel ds

Brentwood, TN

#36 Oct 30, 2008
My siblings and I spent many fun summers at Moore's Lake. Never a dull moment! Lots of fond memories of lazy days and nights on the fooesball tables or listening to the juck box in the pavilion. When I was just 5 or 6 years old, my big brother "taught" me how to swim by pushing me off the high dive at the lake. Sink or swim is what I recall him saying as he gave me a shove off the edge. Needless to say, I made it to the side. I often wonder what the place looks like today and would love to see any pictures (past or present). If you would kindly share, please email them to me at [email protected] com or [email protected] Thanks
Lynne Thurston-DeShiel ds

Brentwood, TN

#37 Oct 30, 2008
I have no idea why my comment posted from Valdosta, GA. I'm a life long resident of Chesterfield County.

Lynne Thurston-DeShields
Chesterfield, VA
Rita Woodcock Pollard

Gloucester, VA

#38 Nov 2, 2008

I loved Moores Lake, I remember my 6th grade class had our end of year party there and what fun. Mr. Adams was my teacher and we all went and had a blast. I also remember rumors that someone once stepped on a dead cow someone had dumped there. I didnt go for a while after that. What wonderful memories I have from the lake
Debbie Jacobs

Jonesborough, TN

#39 Nov 2, 2008
Just read your comment and would like to have a picture of Moore's Lake back in it's glory days, if it's not too much trouble.
I was a teen-ager who lived in Americana during,
1973-1976. I lived for the summer's when we went to the lake every single day during the summer. I had the best times of my life during those days and miss old friends from there. My e-mail address is .
I would like to thank you in advance for this special gift. My kids have heard me talk of this place for soooo long, it would be great to be able to show them a picture. And I will never forget there was a life guard there named Craig Collins who was the cutest thing ever!
Thanking you once again. Debbie
Donna Johnson Grebas wrote:
I scanned those old photos of Moore's Lake from probably 1955 and e-mailed them to everyone who requested them on this site that had an e-mail address on here. If there's anyone else who would like to have them, please let me know your e-mail address. Thanks.
Jerry Reid


#40 Nov 12, 2008
I am very interested in contacting all or any of the following. There was a summer of 1962 that swirled around Moore's lake and Southside Plaza, and it kept right on going into 1963.
A group of us wild and crazy guys from Thomas Jefferson and George Wythe descended on Chester like a plague locusts and scooped up memories for a lifetime.
I seek Susan Doyle Gregory, Mary Lou Murphey, Virgnia Anne Parkinson and Sherry Raye Marsh.
Serendipitously, Susan Gregory showed up on a page from the Ferrum College yearbook as a mamber of the cheerleading squad along with Patricia Faison, a childhood flame and good friend from elementary school through John Marshall downtown.
Poster on this thread Jim Brennan found that info.
Any help would be appreciated.
Jerry Reid

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