Short Pump is the largest growing suburb of Richmond, VA. However, the booming metropolis one sees today did not arrive until around 1996 and growth hasn't slowed since.
In the early part of the 19th century a revolutionary war veteran purchased hundreds of acres of land on the outskirts of Richmond. On this land he built himself and his family a home and also built a tavern that patrons would use as a nightly stop on trips to and from Charlottesville to dine and replenish the water supply for their horses.
The tavern did quite well and was continually expanded until the porch of the structure covered up the original water pump patrons used to water their horses. In order to get enough clearance for a full pump of water, the owner shortened the handle and the pump eventually being referred to as the "Short Pump Tavern." The name stuck and businesses started using the description as a way of letting people know what area their stores and restaurants were located. Short Pump has since grown to one of the most popular residential and commercially extensive areas near Richmond.
To learn more about neighborhoods in the Short Pump Area, please visit our sub divisions page.