Grace Arents was a visionary social reformer and philanthropist whose quiet determination and generosity transformed Richmond. Her passions were children, nature, books, architecture, and her church. To aid the poor, "Miss Grace" established the city's first public housing and visiting nurse system; built schools, a gym, a playground, a kindergarten, and churches, introducing a sweeping array of health, educational, and vocational reforms. She also built Richmond's first free circulating-library. Arents converted her Henrico estate, Bloemendaal Farm, into a children's convalescent home and later a model farm. Ultimately she bequeathed it to the city to become the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden honoring her beloved uncle, entrepreneur Lewis Ginter.
Year On Marker: 2008
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Henrico, VA 23228. Located on Lakeside Avenue, 0.2 miles north of the intersection of Lakeside Avenue and Hillary Road (Rt. 161). Marker is on the left when traveling north on Lakeside Avenue.
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