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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Honolulu, HI

#104 Jul 13, 2012
My husband, Jim Cheetham,, was a weekend lifeguard with his twin brother, Glenn, at Moore's Lake, in 1961/62, while they were stationed at Fort Lee. The owners of the resort were Polly and Frances Spinner, who called them the "California boys". Jim remembers teaching their daughter, Linda, how to swim. Frances was pregnant with John Steven or Steven John. In fact, Jim sent them a baby rattle with his name engraved when he came back to California. Jim would love to know how they are and what happened to them. thank you, Linda
Linda Barnes Hairfield

Maidens, VA

#105 Jul 20, 2012
I will never forget Moores Lake. I swam and danced my heart out every summer. I loved the Spinners. They were a great family. I dated J.P. Spinner when I was a teenager. We always had a great time. Still love to dance. I remember that winding road going down to the lake and the feeling of happiness. Loved the summers at the lake. Really wish there were more pictures of those of us that danced our legs off. Miss that part of life. It was one of my most precious memories. Going to the Lake was best! Use to catch a ride with Raymond Anderson or Mom, started to drive and really thought I was Miss Thing. Funny how life turns out. Would like to do that part again.

Waterford, MI

#106 Jan 11, 2013
There were actually several swimming lakes in Chesterfield. Manchester Lake was located near what is now the intersection of chippenham and hull. The remnants of the lake are being utilized by the apartment complex located there. It was closed in the mid 60s due to an outbreak of spinal meningitis. This prompted the closing of nearly all the lakes in the area. Lake Chester/Flippos was located near what is the current Haley Ford remnants were visible until construction in the late 80s. Moores Lake remains across from Sonic on Jeff Davis. New construction of the Dollar Tree masks what is left of the complex. Remnants like a slide of Redwater Lake were visible until the early 1980s just off the I 95 exit on Rt 10 heading east towards Hopewell. The land was completely filled in just a few years ago before construction of the courtyard hotel. You would never suspect a lake was ever there! Sad that all of these places have been lost to the ages. There was nothing like leaving your hot, unfair conditioned home for a day at the lake!

Johnson City, TN

#107 Oct 21, 2013
I know this is an old post, and i doubt it will be seen again, however me and a couple buddies recently learned of the moore's lakes history, and have been down to the lake in the last few days. were quite curious of what it used to be as we are far to young to have known it when it was in its prime (we are in the 24-28 age range). I happened to notice a lot of people on here are interested in restoring it to its former glory, and i am remotly curious how many people would be willing to put an effort together to make it happen. Me and my friends were discussing how awesome it would be to have something like that around here as there isnt much to do that doesnt involve a bar or something of that nature. We would also like to see some older pictures if anyone has them so that we can try to imagine it in its prime, so far all we can find is one picture from what i believe to be the 1950's. so its quite hard to imagine what was from what is nowadays. also we plan on returning in the next few days and taking pictures of its current condition and i would be willing to share those pictures with anyone if they wanted them.
Please feel free to email me at
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Richmond, VA

#108 Jan 15, 2014
Tony wrote:
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
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Tony, that was Lake Chester. Two boys got meningitis but it came out later that they had been swimming in the James River and probably got it there. Unfortunately, that story kept people away from Lake Chester and it closed. The owner committed suicide after that.
I worked with a guy whose grandfather dug out Lake Chester using mule power. Proctor's Creek is right there and probably fed the lake. It was filled in and I think there is a Ford dealer there now. It's on the west side of Rt.1 at Rt. 288.

Stroudsburg, PA

#109 May 29, 2014
I have a postcard titled "Moore's Lake Tavern, on Richmond Petersburg Pike, P.O. Chester, VA", posted in 1934. It was in with a stack of cards I bought at auction. I will be listing it today on ebay. If you don't want to bid on it, you can at least see it and print out a photocopy. Look under vintage postcards. My seller name is "coolcritter"
Dr Betsy B Singh

Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

#110 Jul 3, 2014
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.
Living and working in the Caribbean now, but, surely miss Moore's and Chrystal Lakes from my childhood. Would love to see pics if you have them.

Mechanicsville, VA

#111 Jul 28, 2015
Tony wrote:
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
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The lake that your referring to was Lake Chester. Once it closed and the lake filled in a car dealership was built on the property. We frequented during the 60's. Our last visit was about what the time the boy fell ill with spinal meningitis. We ended up leaving as my parents were concerned about the smell the water had that day.
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Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#112 Nov 24, 2015
anchors away

Richmond, VA

#113 Nov 25, 2015
Old Bars Man wrote:
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Lakeview in Colonial Heights was owned by the Furman Family and a racial issue could have been one of the reasons for its closing as Colonial Heights was completely white and quite proud of the fact. There was another issue about 5 years before the lake closed, a young man was killed at the lake (Cant remember his name, however, his father ran a service station near Highland and the Boulevard in Colonial Heights) the story that was placed in the paper was that he drown, however, many people believed that he was electrocuted, he was on a ride over the water called the cable and some people think that the metal cable came into contact with a power line during a wind gust. I know many will think that the autopsy would prove reason for death, however, you must remember we are talking early 1960s and the Furman family had a fair amoung of power as Horace Furman was a Justice of the Peace and was very good friends with most of the local law enforcement to include judges and medical people. No matter the reason it closed, I can still remember going to both Lakeview and Moores Lake to swim during the day and attempt to investigate and enjoy the anatomical differences between males and females.
I lived the first house on left next to the Furmans and worked as teen at his Amoco station and lived at the lake & was there the same day of the incident on that rainy day when the cables grounded the rider when he touched the water on the deep side tower and til power was turned off, no one could get near it, and there were many there who could have helped, but had to be stopped for their safety too . A miserable time in the history there. The other racial issue might have been related to closing, but not really sure, rumors always fly and sadly all the lakes, Red Water, Flippos, Moores ,Crystal, where "old bars man" who might know me for sure, most likely have many photos from Lakeview and some from "Moores" too. It's a shame that kids of today can't live those days, Mr Michael the games man there and his rides, and for sure "Cussie" the best "hot dogs" you could have ever tasted and "Millie" Furman at the bath house.

Thanks old bars man, for this memory too. Bob

West Palm Beach, FL

#114 Nov 26, 2015
Is Susan Doyle Gregory the lady who married and divorced Barry Goldwater Jr in the 1970's?.
They had a son, Barry Goldwater III. She subsequently married James Keenan. They lived in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. He recently died. Her current address is 128 VINTAGE ISLE LN PALM BEACH GARDENS.

Antioch, CA

#115 Apr 4, 2016
John Smith wrote:
Why did they ever close this lake?
I had heard something about racial problems..
There is still fish there - Big Pike!!!
Meningitis....i used to live there some 20 odd years was my very first place i ever lived after leaving home...knew the owners well
charlie harper

Richmond, VA

#117 Oct 27, 2016
Barbara wrote:
I have been in search of a Flippo's Lake photo for many years. My family lived right around the corner from the lake and we spent our growing up years riding our bikes down the hill to the lake in the summer. There were three of us, my sister, myself, and a neighbor boy. Being out in the country side, there were very few houses in this area, thus very few children. Great memories! We frequented this lake (also know as Red Water Lake at one time) on a daily basis during the summer. Large bath house, picnic pavilions, sandy beach areas, two tall slides, one wooden, one metal with a big bump in the middle, triple diving boards, boardwalks, all day suckers and cream horns! Swimming lessons through the Red Cross, etc. Hard to describe the physical layout to my family, a picture would be worth a thousand words. Just visited a local restaurant where someone told me there might be a picture of Flippo's Lake on display. Turned out it was Moore's Lake, of which there is another copy in another local restaurant. I would be interested in any information that might lead me to a good picture. I understood Mr. Flippo passed away recently. Spoke with him about 14 years ago but did not follow through with getting a photo. Your comments are appreciated!
I have searched for years for images or any inf

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