In 1868, Boston millionaire John Murray Forbes purchased 500 acres of land for $10,000 in gold. He had the land platted in 1869 and named it Riverside.
In the late 1800s, a portion of the Jaudon estate was purchased for residential use and divided it into homestead tracts. In 1920, many of these tracts were developed into an exclusive subdivision called Avondale.
This year, we are honoring the Riverside Avondale legacy by celebrating Riverside's 150th and Avondale's 100th Anniversaries. We hope you'll join us for a year of festivities!
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to safety concerns, many of the Anniversary events planned for Spring and Summer have been canceled or postponed. Stay tuned for more details!
Events planned for this year include:
Historical Institute Lectures - first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, Postponed until further notice.
Dr. Wayne Wood will be presenting an 8 part lecture series on the history of Riverside and Avondale. Those who attend 5 out of 8 lectures will be considered a graduate of the Riverside Avondale Historical Institute and will receive a diploma and a rear window sticker!
"Light and Color" Historic Churches Tour - March 21, postponed
Attendees will visit the neighborhood's historic churches for a look at "Light and Color - Where History, Beauty, and Sacred Space Meet."
Park Parties - starting Spring 2020, postponed
Neighborhoods can host their own park party with a kit provided by RAP.
Garden Tour - May 9, rescheduled for Spring 2021
Visitors can view and learn more about the neighborhood’s beautiful home gardens.
Riverside Avondale Birthday Party - May 16, postponed
RAP will host a family-friendly birthday celebration at Boone Park.
Trees of Distinction - starting June 2020, postponed
Significant trees throughout the district and property owners will be recognized at local Picnics in the Park.
Anniversary Gala - October 17
Friends of Riverside Avondale can enjoy an elegant evening while also supporting the efforts of RAP to preserve and promote the district’s character and culture. The Gala will be held at the breathtaking Lane-Towers house, now the residence of John Hove.
Annual Home Tour - October 23-24
Owners of ten beautiful and historic homes will open their doors to the public.
Luminaria - December 20
Walk the candle lit streets of Riverside Avondale and continue this celebration of the season and continue the tradition of greeting your neighbors as you enjoy an evening of joy.