Park Lane

VRA Core

Title

Park Lane

Description

This large swath of land that is now Victoria Park and the town cricket field was referred to as simply the "grass piece" in 1808. At the time it was used as a parade ground by the soldiers stationed in Fort Balcarres. Thankfully, its long tenure as public land preserved the site as open space for use by the town's residents through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 1902, when the old fort was occupied by the town's government school, this parcel became a large public park. By the late twentieth century, the part had lost its bandstand and its use as a park was largely forgotten. The park as you see it today was restored in 2008 by Falmouth Heritage Renewal based on historic photographs, requiring an extensive reconstruction and replanting program.

Location

Rodney Street District

Identifier

B005-S001

Usage

Citation

“Park Lane,” The Falmouth Project, accessed November 18, 2017, http://falmouth.lib.virginia.edu/items/show/888.