Annexation and feeling neglected

Chesterfield County lost 4.3 square miles in 1954 when Colonial Heights declared its independence from the land of Pocahontas. That began a loss of land for Chesterfield that didn’t end until Richmond had taken a swath of Bon Air in 1970. But on June 11, 1956, Colonial Heights grabbed another piece of Chesterfield when developers wanted 239 acres beyond Swift Creek which had been the boundary between the two jurisdictions.

The move by Colonial Heights, whose mayor had an interest in the property, had been in court since 1956, and 53 years ago this week the court ruled that Chesterfield could not supply water and sewer to the new subdivision, and Sherwood Hills was born.

This week, a year later in 1957, trouble was brewing again when residents of Ettrick were feeling slighted. Chesterfield was experiencing considerable growing pains and feared “disintegration from within,” according to the Richmond News-Leader. “A group of Ettrick residents accused the county of gross neglect, charging that their taxes were being spent to benefit northern Chesterfield’s new developments while Ettrick’s needs were being neglected,” the article stated. Residents wanted more than anything to have better street, water, and sewer systems, and they decided to pursue incorporation as an independent town. Ettrick, of course, remains part of the county to this day.

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