Mumford View a neighborhood rich in history, family pride
The land, which was originally owned by a man named Joel Hayes prior to the Civil War, was commonly referred to as “the hill.” Wright still calls the area where her home sits by that name today, as it sits high atop the waters of the York with panoramic views to the north and south.
Wright took some time to reflect on her many years on “the hill,” having acres and acres of land to roam and play on as a child to enjoying parties at a nearby “Hillbilly Beach House” when she was a teenager.
Her family had two beaches back then, she said. “One was called the ‘Little Beach,’ and we crabbed there,” she said. “The other was the ‘Big Beach,’ where we swam.”
Today, there are few traces left of the little beach and the big beach has all but disappeared. “We’ve lost so much land to erosion,” Wright said.
Within swimming distance of the hill sat two large islands, referred to as the Mumford Islands. Wright said as a child, she remembers two large houses on the islands that served as vacation homes to the Mumford family of Richmond.