Son seeking Moore's Lake memorabilia

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. Full Story
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Bob Ranson

Nashville, TN

#1 Oct 29, 2006
Tommy,
My first wife was a Moore before she was adopted by her Step-father and then she became a Harrell. Don't know if this is the same family or not as she was from Chester. Her Grandfather was C. E. Curtis.
I am trying to get some info on Flippo's Lake and thought maybe you could help.
Drop me an e-mail at lytkep@comcast.net
Thanks,
Bob
Scott from Portsmouth VA

Zelienople, PA

#2 Aug 6, 2007
My mom used to take us there when we were kids. I remember spending hours climbing the "high dive" and jumping in, trying to perfect the best "cannonball" just to beat out my other two brothers. What great times! For whatever reason, at 35 years old, I just started thinking about Moore's Lake again and found this thread. If anyone has a photo journal or other momorabilia put to print, I would love to buy a copy for my mom... and maybe one to share along with our family photos with my daughter.
firedad415@hotmail.com
Barbara

Richmond, VA

#3 Aug 7, 2007
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!
Jerry Reid

AOL

#4 Apr 9, 2008
I propose that all of us who saw Moore's Lake as the place to be for recreation form a "Friends of Moore's Lake" group and get this thing recorded for posterity.
How about The pavilion? Ever dance to Wooly-Bully (sp)there? Ever swim all day and make out all night? Ever lay on that wonderful sand and soak up the rays?
Ever wonder why the stars were brighter around Moore's at night in the Summertime?
How about the absolute hospitality of the owners, the Spinner family?
And do you realize the property is being developed with the purose of "saving the Moore's Lakes" (there are two at least on the property.
How about we get it together and help the developer decide to restore the Lakes to their former beauty.
Who can ever forget the anticipation of driving down that winding road on the way to a holiday from everyday stuff?
I do, and if you do, you should get off the couch, grab the memorabilia and push for this thing of beauty to be restored.
Jerry Reid
jmr3333@aol.com
Old Bars Man

Richmond, VA

#5 Apr 10, 2008
Jerry Reid wrote:
I propose that all of us who saw Moore's Lake as the place to be for recreation form a "Friends of Moore's Lake" group and get this thing recorded for posterity.
How about The pavilion? Ever dance to Wooly-Bully (sp)there? Ever swim all day and make out all night? Ever lay on that wonderful sand and soak up the rays?
Ever wonder why the stars were brighter around Moore's at night in the Summertime?
How about the absolute hospitality of the owners, the Spinner family?
And do you realize the property is being developed with the purose of "saving the Moore's Lakes" (there are two at least on the property.
How about we get it together and help the developer decide to restore the Lakes to their former beauty.
Who can ever forget the anticipation of driving down that winding road on the way to a holiday from everyday stuff?
I do, and if you do, you should get off the couch, grab the memorabilia and push for this thing of beauty to be restored.
Jerry Reid
jmr3333@aol.com
Mr. Reid, I read your post and am wondering if you are the Jerry Reid world famous pinto racer?
Chris

Richmond, VA

#6 Jun 2, 2008
Found my way down to moores lake on saturday 5/31/08, took some pictures. It is completely overgrown. The only civilization left is a concrete wall on one side of the lake, looks like where the slide was. Although it's completely different now, it is still a getaway in the middle of town, just a little harder to get to and no one is there. I am interested in old pictures of it when it was busy.
sncks@earthlink.net
Dave

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Jun 6, 2008
[I'm thinking that most of the folks who frequented Moore's Lake are of the type who don't use the internet as much; they probably have kodak photos and memorabilla stored in shoe boxes under their beds. Have you considered running an advertiesment in the local Village Chester News and Richmond Times newspapers? Pls keep me posted for I too am interested in seeing these Moore's items. Just before they tore it down, I took my 5 yr old to peer in the windows of Sylvester's Restaurant. I'm sorry I missed the good times.]
L Hensel

Rocky Mount, NC

#8 Jun 11, 2008
I was born and raised in Richmond Va and spent many happy times at Moores Lake growing up. I was checking out an amusement park that use to be in Salem Va (Lakeside) and thought about whatever happened to Moores Lake. I too would love to see it restored to its "glory days". I can check with my mom to see if she has any old photos. I believe her and my dad did take some. I'll get back. Not to date myself but I am 47 and was just a kid when we went.
You certainly don't find entertainment like that anymore!
Jeff

Colonial Heights, VA

#9 Jul 8, 2008
Chris wrote:
Found my way down to moores lake on saturday 5/31/08, took some pictures. It is completely overgrown. The only civilization left is a concrete wall on one side of the lake, looks like where the slide was. Although it's completely different now, it is still a getaway in the middle of town, just a little harder to get to and no one is there. I am interested in old pictures of it when it was busy.
sncks@earthlink.net
Do you have current pics of Moores Lake? I always wanted to go back and see what it looks like today. Email jhw9731@comcast.net please. Thanks.
John Smith

Vienna, VA

#10 Jul 8, 2008
Why did they ever close this lake?

I had heard something about racial problems..

There is still fish there - Big Pike!!!
Old Bars Man

United States

#11 Jul 8, 2008
John Smith wrote:
Why did they ever close this lake?
I had heard something about racial problems..
There is still fish there - Big Pike!!!
John, I think you are talking about Lakeview, not Moores Lake.
Renee

Warrenton, VA

#12 Jul 26, 2008
When I was about 10 years old, I spent the summer with my father, his wife and my step-siblings and we went to Moore's Lake often. I don't know what brought it to mind just now (30 years later), but I Googled it and found this posting. I don't have a lot of memories of time spent with Dad, but this sure is one of them.
Dave in Chester

Waynesboro, VA

#13 Jul 28, 2008
It could have been racial issues why both lakes closed, but a woman in her late 50s I met here at Rivers Bend - whose family owned farms near my house - told me the lakes closed were closed because of health concerns. The lakes were potential places for communal diseases. She went on to tell me that she loved spending all her summers at the lakes with her friends and family. She told me those were some wonderful times in her childhood. I wish I could recall her name.
Old Bars Man

United States

#14 Jul 28, 2008
Dave in Chester wrote:
It could have been racial issues why both lakes closed, but a woman in her late 50s I met here at Rivers Bend - whose family owned farms near my house - told me the lakes closed were closed because of health concerns. The lakes were potential places for communal diseases. She went on to tell me that she loved spending all her summers at the lakes with her friends and family. She told me those were some wonderful times in her childhood. I wish I could recall her name.
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.
Dave in Chester

Waynesboro, VA

#15 Jul 30, 2008
Old Bars Man,
Very, very neat to read. Knowing the area in the 60s, your premise sounds right to me. Thanks for posting.
Donna Johnson Grebas

Richmond, VA

#16 Aug 3, 2008
I'm a 1971 graduate of Thomas Dale High School. I grew up in the Enon area of Chesterfield and my parents took me to Moore's Lake many times as I was growing up. I'm scanning and cataloging numerous old family pictures. I have a photo of my grandmother at the lake (then apparently called Red Water Lake) in August of 1953. That's how I found this site - the photo was marked Red Water Lake and I googled it and found, to my surprise, that it was Moore's Lake! I always knew it as Moore's Lake. I also have photos of my parents and myself there in summer of 1955. I must have been about a year old in those photos. There were several lakes at that time - including Flippo's and another one over on Rt. 10 near the exit ramp from northbound 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. I don't recall anything about racial issues, but then I was pretty oblivious to all the racial problems at the time. If anyone would like some photos of Moore's Lake from 1955, if you let me know I'll be happy to e-mail them after I scan them in. My e-mail address is dgrebas@hotmail.com.
Donna Johnson Grebas

Richmond, VA

#17 Aug 13, 2008
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.
Barbara

Richmond, VA

#18 Aug 21, 2008
Old Bars Man wrote:
<quoted text>
John, I think you are talking about Lakeview, not Moores Lake.
Actually, that was one of the reasons Flippo's Lake closed after one of the pavilions burned in the late 1960s. Mrs. Flippo did not reopen the lake that next summer.
Barbara

Richmond, VA

#19 Aug 21, 2008
Actually, that was why Flippo's Lake closed in the late 1960s. One of the pavilions burned and Mrs. Flippo did not reopen the lake the next summer. It was a shame as it was a great place for families to spend their summer months!
Barbara

Richmond, VA

#20 Aug 21, 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.
I would enjoy seeing your pictures Donna. I can confirm that Flippo's Lake was the lake located on old Rt. 10 and the entrance to I95 North. Flippo's Lake was known as Red Water Lake prior to the name change. We lived adjacent to Flippo's and spent our summers there as a young child and teen.

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