Today's photo takes us to Madison Avenue in the heart of Starmount Forest. The scene evokes the feeling that.... all paths lead to home. Every house should have a proper entrance making it clear to the visitor where one enters and exits. There is no question about this charming cottage. Walk between the split in the stone fence, between the rose bushes, along the slate path, through the hinged, white picket fence, up to the wreathed door. Welcome! This house is so inviting and characterizes the charm of Sreensboro's Starmount Forest neighborhood.
The Starmount Forest neighborhood bordered by West Friendly Avenue to the North and West Market Street to the South. It flows from West Wendover Avenue to Hamilton Lakes. One of its key features is the 150 acre Starmount Forest Country Club, located in the southwest quadrant of the neighborhood. The acerage is nearly 2 square miles, with a population of approximately 3,500 people. While some homes were built pre-1930's and and post-1950's; however, the bulk of the homes were constructed in the 1950's.
Starmount is the Americanization of the name Stern (star) berger (mountain). The Sternbergers were early citizens of Greensboro and responsible for many of Greensboros fine properties. While our lovely home today is in Starmount Forest, and not in Starmount Farms, this article provides some interesting insight into the philanthropy of the Sternberger family. Today is ABC Wednesday. This round, we're featuring neighborhoods of Greensboro and S is for Starmount Forest.
Thanksgiving week, Americans log more road miles, traveling to be with loved ones, than any other week of the year. If you are among those traveling, please remember to drive defensively and responsibly. The above photo is a reminder of the grief one suffers with the unexpected traffic death of a loved one.*
The pink floral cross is located on Highway 29 north between Cone Boulevard and Hicone Road. Marissa Nicole Shelton, an eight year old girl who lived nearby, was struck and killed on her bicycle in a hit and run accident an July 21st, 2011. Her grieving family maintains the memorial. The little sign of Santa says "Santa, please stop here." We hope that the family's Christian faith community has been helping them get through these very difficult first few holidays without Marissa. Since today is Sunday, we like to share something religious, spiritual, or a message that helps us reflect on the beauty of life before us. Here's to a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving for us all. As we say in the South, "Have a blessed day."
*As of this week, the roadside memorial was still standing. If you are interested, read more about roadside memorials here. Some people say the markers are a remembrance and remind us all to be safe. Others say they are unsafe and distracting. What is your perspective on this tradition?
It is the Saturday before Thanksgiving and this is a view from 4720 Hicone Road, at Chinaberry Place, in northeast Greensboro. This house is so festive with its Thanksgiving yard display. And the fall foliage adds so much to the scene. We bet this house is like the one on Holden Road, diligently celebrating every holiday with yard ornaments. This blue house with the red door has had an especially challenging fall season as they are widening Hicone Road to accomodate the increased traffic in this part of town. A panoramic view of the above house would reveal many orange highway cones and barrels; construction workers, and a mess of asphalt. Not a pretty sight; however, construction appears to be almost completed.
If you have a neighbor who brings great joy to the children by decorating for Thanksgiving, consider thanking them. It is hard work and Thansgiving does not always get top billing in the yard ornament department!
On another note, tomorrow is the Ecumenical Celebration of Thanksgiving for the Piedmont Interfaith Council. We are honored to say that they are using our some of our inventory of Sacred Sunday photos for their program. We are so proud to provide photos for this multi-ethnic group. Stop by their program at 4 pm at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Guilford College-- if you love being a part of Greensboro's ethnically diverse community.
Greensboro has a Reedy Fork Trail, that parallels Reedy Fork Creek that is not too far from Reedy Fork Ranch. Reedy Fork Ranch is part of a 1,300 acre tract of land that was annexed by the City of Greensboro in the year 2000. A drive around the northeast Greensboro neighborhood reveals beautiful houses, like the one above, surrounded by several lots yet to have been sold. Nevertheless with a Community clubhouse built, city water and sewage, and a fabulous new elementary school in the heart of the neighborhood, it is likely that as the economy improves, so will the construction in Reedy Fork. To date, only 636 of the 3,000 plus houses have been built and they seem to be a tremendous money value.
The motto for the community is "The Way Life's Supposed to Be." Unfortunately, Starmount, the development company behind Reedy Fork, has had to put much of it up on the auction block. Starmount also donated the land for the elementary school. If you are local and near Bryan Park, you should stop out yourself and see this community.
Today is our neighborhoods of Greensboro series for ABC Wednesday, and R is for Reedy Fork Ranch.
The above home, located at 3326 Quaker Run Road is a representative view of fall in Greensboro- porch lights on at dusk; a pile of leaves waiting to be jumped in and hauled away; hardwood trees without leaves; clusters of mums; a seasonal wreath; pumpkins on the porch; and gourds scattered all around. We can almost smell the mulled cider and cinnamon candles in the kitchen. The above home was built in 1990 during Greensboro's housing boom and during the time when construction in the Quaker Run neighborhood was well under way.
Quaker Run is a neighborhood filled with street names relevant to religions getting their start in the 1600-1700's : Friendsview Drive, Meeting House Drive, Shaker Drive, and Puritan Drive. The neighborhood, located between Horse Pen Creek and Battleground at the point where it dips to about its lowest elevation. It is a cozy neighborhood of largely college-educated folks who work hard to keep the neighborhood nice. On the average, homes in this neighborhood are about the size of this gray-green beauty with colonial red shutters.
Today is ABC Wednesday and Q is for Quaker Run. Most people playing Scrabble or alphabet games dread the letter Q; in Greensboro, we love it. We've got the largest enclave of Quakers outside of New England. Quakers were some of the first settlers in North Carolina as our state had established religious freedom in the late 1600's (reference). We also have the only Quaker-founded college in the Southeast United States. We also have the Quaker Acres neighborhood off of Friendly Avenue not too far from the Friends' Meeting House at New Garden and Friendly. Quaker history abounds in our area. The neigborhoods don't have a religious affiliation, but they do remind us of our Quaker heritage. And they do start with Q! Have a quiet, quality, post-election day.
See A-P in our neighborhood series here.
Today is ABC Wednesday and Pleasant Garden was chosen for the letter P. It is a 15-square mile town just southeast of Greensboro, located off of Highway 421 and just north of Hagan Stone Park. What is known as Pleasant Garden today got its start in 1786 when northerners established a Methodist Episcopal church there. This original church remains and, today, is known as Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church. Pleasant Garden is a town that thrives because of its many volunteers, one of whom has posted an informative history on the town's website.
The above farm, land and outbuildings, is located on Pleasant Garden Road, at the intersection of Davis Mill Road- a little north of Pleasant Garden's town limits. While Pleasant Garden has plenty of modern homes, this farm evokes the feel of the traditional way of life the community saught to protect when incorporating in 1997. If you want to experience this sense of community, you have two opportunities this week. On Saturday, November 3rd, they are having a holiday craft fair at the Town Hall Picnic Pavilion, located at 4920 Alliance Church Road. A Veterans Appreciation Day Event will be held on Sunday, November 11th at 2pm, at the Pleasant Garden Fire Department. With a population of just under 5,000, you can bet that you will see a majority at these upcoming events. And, if you visit in spring, you will have the opportunity to see some pretty serious community baseball events.
If you are following Greensboro neighborhoods series, see A-O here.
Today is ABC Wednesday and O is for O. Henry Oaks. If you are local, you likely know that short story writer O. Henry is from Greensboro. The August edition of O. Henry magazine dedicated several pages to all things, locally, named in his honor. As the article points out, there is an O. Henry subdivision on Sidney Porter Drive, as well as an O. Henry Blvd. Additionally, there is a neighborhood named O. Henry Oaks.
O. Henry Oaks is located from 16th Street to Cone Boulevard to Spry Street between N. O. Henry Blvd. and Yanceyville St. Page High School is near O. Henry Oaks. The neighborhood is one of the most racially balanced in Greensboro. Approximately 40% of the neighborhood is white; 40% black, 10% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 3% other.* Today's post takes us to 3419 Yanceville Street, the upper northwest corner of O. Henry Oaks, where a plane tail permanently dive bombs into the lawn in the front yard. Surely, were O. Henry alive today, he would write an interesting short story with one of his famous smile-with-tears endings. How did the plane land in the yard? Why is it still there? What story does it have to tell? Today is ABC Wednesday and O is for O. (gotta have the dot) Henry!
(see Greensboro's A-N neighborhoods here)
Modeled after Pinehurst, NC, Irving Park is a Greensboro neighborhood that was built in the 1920's. The neighborhood's showcase facility is the Greensboro Country Club, where prominent families of Greensboro have been golfing, swimming, playing tennis, dining, and socializing for decades. As Irving Park became fully built up and somewhat landlocked, it was only natural for this wonderful place to be somewhat replicated and extended. New Irving Park begins at Cone Boulevard and, to the west of Elm Street, continues to Pisgah Church Road with streets named St. Andrews and St. Regis radiating off of Willoughby Boulevard. To the east of of Elm Street, New Irving Park extends to Abbotswood Senior Living Facility.
The above house is located on the corner of Loch Ridge and Hillwind Street on the northeast corner of New Irving Park. It is representative of the homes in the Provincetown section of the neighborhood: two-story, brick homes with modest, well-landscaped lots. We decided to take advantage of the fact that the above lawn was being re-landscaped and a clear view of the house was available. We were thrilled that a father-daughter running team came along as we were on the photo shoot as New Irving Park is a place where families spend time together enjoying each other's company.
Last weekend, as we were traipsing the Westerwood Neighborhood for the "Art and Sole" Walking Art Tour, we stumbled upon 312 Hillside Drive. The simplicity of this Halloween-themed door impressed us. A little duct tape, paper plates, plastic fringe and, taaa daaaaa, you've got a festive door. The yellow tabby who owns this house was non-plussed about the fact that his fur was not exactly what the black fur that Halloween holiday expects.
We're back in McAdoo Heights today to show you a little piece of history. The above home, located at 1918 Golden Gate Drive is significant because, it is said to be the last remaining shotgun house in all of Greensboro that is still used as a house (reference). This red shingled shotgun, with the white addition in the front, perched above a cement retaining wall, is easily unnoticed as one drives down Golden Gate Drive.
Shotgun houses were the most popular type of house in the southern states of the USA from the time of the Civil War until the 1920's. Shotgun houses are houses that are usually 12' or less wide and the rooms are built one behind the other without and hallway. Typically, you go from the front porch to the living room to a bedroom (or two) to a back room/kitchen to the back porch.* They were called shotgun houses because if you fired a gun through the front door, the bullet would go all the way out the back door without hitting anything. This once prevalent model of housing fell out of favor in the 1940's, and, after WWII, was considered substandard. In Greensboro, many houses of this style were torn down during the redevelopment of east Greensboro in the 1960's (reference).
With that addition in front, it looks like the above home has changed its orientation from front to back to side to side. Shotgun houses are efficient because no space is wasted on hallways; however, they are pretty inconvenient when someone has to walk through your bedroom in the middle of the night to get to the bathroom. Being the last of something, we think the neighborhood (or the city..... or HGTV..) should treat this 644 square foot, two-bedroom, 1935 home to a restoration-makeover..... landscape and all. It is part of our mill town's history.
*reference.... Perhaps the most famous person to have been born in one was Elvis Presley.
McAdoo Heights is a neighborhood located just south of State Street, between Elm and Church Streets, on the fringe of Old Irving Park. It was developed in the early 1900's as a commercial and residential community for mill workers. The close-knit community, known as a "town within a city," flourished until the 1940's (reference). It had restaurants, a hardware store, grocery stores, a movie theater, a school,many churches, and its own police officer. Street names include: Golden Gate, Newlyn, Macy, Bernard, Roseland, Buffalo, Georgia, Palm, and Shelton. In earlier years, it was also known as "The Heights."
As we drove around this neighborhood last weekend, we did get a sense of the charm of McAdoo Heights. The community garden, on Golden Gate Drive, is just lovely. Many houses are decorated for Halloween and and, the day we were there, several families out enjoying the fall afternoon. The above house, at 200 East Newlyn Street is larger than many of the one-story mill houses in the neighborhood. It was built in the 1928, also a little earlier than many in the neighborhood. The high triangles of the peaked roofline at the entrance are quite welcoming and the light blue door makes it clear where one it to enter. We'd like to think it has the character of an "anchor" house for the neighborhood the way it stands, in all its glory, on the corner of Georgia and East Newlyn.
We wonder if there is a connection between McAdoo Heights and the retired, professional basketball star, Bob McAdoo who is from Greensboro. He graduated from Smith High School (in the late 1960's) and is currently an assistant coach for the Miami Heat. Maybe Coach McAdoo is the keeper of some great information about this cozy little neighborhood with his same name. Any and all pieces of information would be greatly appreciated.
Today is ABC Wednesday and for this round, we're featuring neighborhoods of Greensboro. For "L," we have Lake Jeanette, Latham Park, and Lindley Park, and likely a few others. We selected Longview Hills because we knew very little about the area and wanted to learn more. Longview Hills is a tiny neighborhood, less than a quarter of a square mile in size with a population of almost 350 residents. The neighborhood, extensively developed between 1970-1990, is built on what seems to have been farmland in a part of town that was a large Quaker settlement. The neighborhood has residents with above-average (for Greensboro) rates of bachelor's and master's degree. The neighborhood is close to Guilford College.
Longview Hills is located just off Ballinger Road between I-73 and New Garden Road. It is a stone's throw from Friends Home and Arcadia Drive. Buckhorn Road, Gretchen Lane, King George Drive, and Wakefield Place are also part of this neighborhood. We are actually cheating a little bit as the above property is located at 1100 Rustic Road and Rustic is one street beyond the perimeter of Longview Hills. However, the property, built in 1955, is such a beauty and has probably the best view in the city of Longview Hills. Rustic Road actually becomes Arcadia at the bend in the road, just after this house. Also part of Arcadia runs through Longview Hills.
We are intrigued by how these neighborhoods of Greensboro got their names and the extent to which the residents see the neighborhood a cohesive entity. The bridge is being rebuild at the Lenord Recreation Center end of the neighborhood; so don't plan on using it as a cut-through!
En route to Kings Forest this weekend we stumbled upon Baby's World Daycare on Phillips Avenue. It is the brightest, crispest, most freshly painted business we have seen in a while. Imagine being a toddler and going up the yellow and red ramp and under the red and yellow awning. It must feel like going to school inside a Little Tykes Cozy Coupe. Baby's World doesn't have its own website so we can find out very little about the business. We do know that families everywhere want a clean, safe, nurturing home-away-from-home for their children while they are at work.
If this place is as sparkly on the inside and if the help is as organized and inviting as the view on the outside, then Baby's World must be amazing. They take children as young as six weeks and as old as 12 years. We'll try to get by one day when they are open to see those young ones at play....
Today's neighborhood visit takes us deep in the heart of Kings Forest of northeast Greensboro. Lord Foxley Drive, featured above, is located off of Phillips Avenue near the juncture where it becomes Huffine Mill Road. Sandwiched between Woodbriar Estates and Nealtown Farms, the boundaries of Kings Forest extend from Phillips Avenue in the south to just beyond Old Hickory Drive in the west and Sir Galahad Road to the east. Close to 3,000 people live in this .373 square miles of neighborhood. Kings Forest was developed primarily in the 1960's and 1970's with almost no houses older than 1950 or newer than the late 1990's. While the above homes may be on the newer side for the area, they are indicative of the great care that homeowners take in this neighborhood's houses and lawns.
The street signs in Kings Forest read like the nooks and crannies of a Renaissance festival: King Arthur Place, Sir Galahad Road, Prince Charles Drive, Larchmont Drive and Lord Foxley Drive. Foxley is a village in the county of Norfolk, England, known for having an ancient woodland believed to be over 6,000 years old and dating to the end of the last ice age.* One can only imagine the trees that were in Kings Forest before the area was developed.
Kings Forest is an example of a neighborhood we wish had more written about it. "Whosoever dubbed the neighborhood Kings Forest?" beseech the keepers of Greensboro Daily Photo. We're sharing this post with our dear friends at ABC Wednesday as part of our ABC Neighborhoods of Greensboro series. Today's letter is "K" for "Kings Forest." Enjoy our featured A-J neighborhoods here. And the quest for L-Z begins now!
On many homes in Greensboro, it is really hard to figure out the street address. We learned this fact when touring neighborhoods to find homes to feature in Greensboro Daily Photo posts. As a matter of fact, for the house we featured yesterday, the street adress was not readily apparent. However, the above house, just down the street on Country Club Drive, features their street address prominently. It is painted into the walkway- visitible even from the air! Notice,also, the small, brass 710 plaque on the brick column on the right. If you were 911, which number do you think you would see first?
Years ago, teenagers would come around and stencil your house number on your steps or curb so that it would be readily availabe from the street. Usually, homeoners would provide a dollar or two for this service. Perhaps it is time to bring back these roving entrepreneurs. They could save lives! Walk around your street; look to the left; look to the right; look across the street; look at your own house; and help get everyone "emergency" ready.... Finding your house for a dinner party would be gravy!
While you have Hamilton Lakes fresh on your mind, allow us to share another property in the same neighborhood. The above home, built in 1984, is located on 4308 Starmount Drive, not too far from yesterday's featured home. This glossy, dark-gray house, with the Lily Pulitzer green grass and pink door, had a non-descript, red-brick façade when it sold two years ago. For sure, the current owners have brought the look into the 21st century. The door just pops into view as you approach the intersection with Nut Bush Road. How relaxing it would be to sit on that porch and watch the neighbors pass by.
Starmount Road is one of the longest, most twisted roads in town and it extends way beyond Hamilton Lakes. If you really want to get to know the character of Greensboro living, consider starting at the Lindley Park end of Starmount (@Green Valley) where it almost crosses Market Street twice. Then, follow Starmount as it winds across Holden and along Starmount Forest Country Club where it ends at Madison Avenue. Starmount homes have such character and personality and, to be sure, there is something for everybody!
Today is ABC Wednesday and H is for Hamilton Lakes, a community established in 1920 and now part of the City of Greensboro. Hamilton Lakes was founded by Greensboro developer A.M. Scales, who moved from Irving Park to Hamilton Lakes. He not only developed this "streetcar suburb," he served as its first mayor. The earlier homes, like the one above [circa 1925], were built in the grand style of homes in Scales' beloved Irving Park. However, during and after World War II, new construction in the neighborhood was significantly more modest. While differences are extreme, the beauty of Hamilton Lakes is that residents in all price points take great pride in the community and collectively maintain the nature trails, lakes, and other community-use spaces. Hamilton Lakes was annexed by Greensboro in 1957; however, a strong neighborhood association helps maintain the neighborhood's identity.
The above home at 104 Kemp Road West, built in the Mediterranean-style, likely acquired its terra cotta roof tiles from nearby Pomona Terra Cotta Works, a now-defunct, early 20th century Greensboro business. We absolutely love this house and so must its owners; because, if online records are correct, they have lived in it since 1976.
Here is our previously-published photo of the 11,000 square ft. Scales home and the Morton House, down the street from the above home. Also, yesterday's photo was taken in Hamilton Lakes on Lake Hamilton. See another photo taken in the neighborhood. We can bring you dozens of photos; however, nothing can capture the sensation of walking the trails of Hamilton Lakes, especially once the leaves start turning color.
See our previous A-G neighborhood features here.
The above home on Belvoir Drive in Forest Oaks is an inviting beauty with meticulous landscaping. The private residence is located across from the Forest Oaks Country Club 7 miles southeast of downtown Greensboro. With its white columns, large front porch, and second-floor faux balcony, the house exudes southern charm. There are many attractive houses near the golf course, however, this one is exceptionally inviting.
Today is ABC Wednesday and, this round we're featuring A-Z neighborhoods in the Greensboro area. F is for Forest Oaks. In the 2,000 census, Forest Oaks had a population of a little over 3,000 people and 1,200 households. However, with the current construction in the area, Forest Oaks seems is growing. From 1977-2007, Forest Oaks hosted the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship. This house and its residents have probably seen a lot of exciting golf over the years. Heck, they've probably even hosted some sweet tea and lemonade breaks on that inviting lawn.
Greensboro owes the 750-acre Lake Jeanette community to the Cone family who began constructing the lake in 1940 to help meet the water needs for their denim mills.* The Eastern Shores community, one of many on Lake Jeanette, opened in 1994. The above house is located in the exclusive, gated estates, a high-end community on the eastern part of the lake. The giant, brick colonial house is on the top of the hill at the end of Eastern Shores Drive.
Today is ABC Wednesday and this round,** we're featuring neighborhoods of Greensboro. "E" is for Eastern Shores, a neighborhood in Lake Jeanette. Eastern Shores is located just off the northernmost part of Elm Street. The community is landscaped beautifully. Walking trails and boat docks are found throughout the neighborhoods and help contribute to the sense of community.
*If you love learning about Greensboro's history, read a little more about Lake Jeanette and the Cone Family here.
**See our previous weeks here.
This house at the corner of Ross Avenue & Ross Court is fairly typical of the properties in East Greensboro's Dudley Heights- located between Lee and East Florida Streets from Highway 29 to Barber Park. It is a modest, single family dwelling, on one level, owned by a family that takes great pride in maintaining a nice lawn. Several lawns in the neighborhood, including the one in the photo above, have freshly sculpted topiaries. Most of the streets in this neighborhood are short; a natural way to control agressive driving. You cannot be in a hurry and drive through streets that twist and wind around a hilly neighborhood!
Dudley High School and the Academy at Linclon are nearby and many children walk to school and play in the neighborhood when school is not in session. The fabulous Barber Park and the 11-acre Gateway Gardens provide plenty of interactive entertainment the surrounding community members and the rest of Greensboro. With the financial investment of UNCG and NC A&T in their joint Research Park near here, we're predicting that this neighborhood will see an increase in property values. One interesting statistic for the neighborhood is that 79 % of the residents were born in North Carolina.
Today is ABC Wednesday and for Round 11, we're featuring A-Z neighborhoods of Greensboro.* "C" is for "Cardinal. The Cardinal neighborhood is located in Northwest Greensboro, very near the airport. Before the Cardinal neighborhood was developed in the late 1980's- 1990's, this was just a rural neighborhood in northwest Greensboro. In 1972, the first phase of construction began for the Cardinal Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole golf course became an anchor around which the Cardinal neighborhood was developed. Today, it is member-owned and is one of North Carolina's finest courses. Driving by the golf course and through the neighborhood, you will quickly get a feel for the neighborliness of the Cardinal. Residents greet each other while out walking. They wave to cars as they drive by.
For today's photo, we chose this lovely home at the corner of Murfield Drive and Lytham Court. Murfield is the key anchor street in the Cardina,l stretching from Fleming to Old Oak Ridge Road. This teal green gem is superbly landscaped with the owners making an effort to replace grass with plantings. It looks like a cozy oasis with the back yard tucked into a cul-de-sac. It is one of many examples of how the Cardinal feels like home.
The community has a very informative community newsletter online.
" See previous weeks for our A-Z streets here.
Today is ABC Wednesday and "B" is for "Brown Town." The Brown Town neighborhood is located at North Elm at Cone Boulevard and backs up to Kirkwood and Irving Park.* This part of town is called Brown Town because it was developed by the Brown Corporation- in the 1950's. Recently, there was momentum for Brown Town to pursue a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) designation. ** The purpose of an NCO is to ensure that a neighborhood maintains its unique characteristics and that structures built are compatible with the character of the neighborhood. While the designation is less restrictive than "historic district" , NCO's can help build a sense of communty in a neighborhood. This drive was partly due to the controversy over what would be (torn down and) built at the northwest corner of Cornwalis & Elm. Now that the former structure has been removed and the new one is in place, the momentum for the overlay seems to be diminished.
Did you know that, unless there is some designation that affects zoning, the city doesn't determine or outline the boundaries of a neighborhood. Some properties are clearly in a given neighborhood and others are more ambiguous.
The above house, located at 2304 Danbury Road, is a real gem and the recent landscaping and renovations give it real curb appeal (see before here). It has a more modern look than many of the houses in the neighborhood. It is one of the few houses in Brown Town that isn't hidden by mature bushes and trees and, therefore, it is easy to photograph. Follow our ABC Neighborhoods series here. We're hoping that O. Henry Magazine or the News & Record or Our State Magazine will research and write about Brown Town. As a matter of fact, we still need to settle the issue of whether this house on Danbury is in Brown Town or Browntown!
*see map here.
Today starts a new round of ABC Wednesday (Round 11) and a faithful reader has convinced us to feature A-Z neighborhoods of Greensboro.
Well, surprise.... "A" is for "Adams Farm." Adams Farm is a 728-acre, planned community between Wendover Avenue and High Point Road, near Jamestown. The community has many amenities, including a pool with an active swim team, a tennis club, a 17 acre pond, and five miles of walking trails. Adams Farm was developed in the late 1980's- early 1990's with houses still being added late in the 1990's. Naming consultants were brought in to help name the 20- plus neighborhoods and the streets within the given neighborhoods to help forge their identities- Country Walk, Autumn Woods, Revere's Run (as in Paul), Cedar Valley to name a few . When orignially built, neighborhoods had slightly different characteristics (brick veneer, hardy plank, combination; apartment complexes; higher-end/first homes), but with equal access to amenities. As they move into their their decade, variability has increased somewhat in neighborhoods as people paint their homes in colors different from the original neutral palate, as landscaping matures, and other features are added. However, the community has an active homeowner's association and sense of community remains strong.
The houses in the above photo are located in Poplar Hill Court, on the Hilltop Road side of Adams Farm.
Lee Rogers is a local landscape designer. In the above photo, we see Lee sitting on the side porch of her historic Sunset Hills home. Her house on Waverly Way, known as the Mebane House, was one of the historic homes on Preservation Greensboro's 2012 Tour of Homes this past weekend.** She and her family have lived in the two-story, 1927 colonial revival for the past thirteen years. During that time, they have not only added to the spendor of the interior, they have done extensive work on the double lot. Thanks to Lee's keen design, their not-so-little corner of Waverly Way is lush with perennials; herbs and other edibles; giant, blue hostas; tiny, variegated hostas; and many more, interesting plants. Most recently, Lee designed a terrace that looks absolutely stunning in her side yard.
Above, we see Lee sitting behind a cluster of equisetum, more commonly known as scouring rush. This 100-million-year old plant is considered a living fossil* Lee likes the plant because it is perfect for this moist corner on the sunny side of her house. Now that Lee has had a chance to catch her breath from hundreds of people touring her house this past weekend, you should call her and let her solve your yard's design dilemmas. The best request we overheard this weekend was a woman asking Lee to design a backyard that would be big-dog friendly! Knowing Lee, it will be a show-stopper. You can contact Lee and learn more about her design philosophy through her website (here).
*read more about the scouring rush plant, here.
** if you want to read the informative brochure from the Sunset Hills tour of homes, including reading about Lee's home (The Mebane Home), go here. It takes a while to load but is well worth the wait.
The Center for New North Carolinians, located at 413 South Edgeworth Street, strives to "build bridges among immigrant populations and existing communities throughout the state of North Carolina*." The center was estabilshed in 2000, an outgrowth of a "Task Force on Outreach to New North Carolinians" that was created by Chancellor Patricia Sullivan in 1997 at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The task force determined that our newest North Carolinians needed access to education, job training, medical and social services (more on history and mission here). The Center for New North Carolinans is a great resource not only for refugees but also for community members and organizations that want to have a better understanding of how to better serve our newest residents. The Center is also a great clearinghouse for data and resources. While the Hispanic/Latino community increased over 400% in a decade, according to the 2000 census, there are over 180 home languages other than English in North Carolina; so the social, linguistic, and cultural needs and issues are many. In addition to many other ethnic groups, our region contains the largest population of Montagnards outside of their Central Highlands homeland in Vietnam.
The very capable Dr. Raleigh Bailey was the above center's first director. While the building has a for lease sign on it, there is every indication that the center and the AmeriCORPS access program are still on site. Perhaps they are just renting part of the space inside. If we learn the center is moving, we'll let you know.
Today is ABC Wednesday and N is for New North Carolinians. For this round of ABC Wednesday, we are featuring causes of Greensboro and our immigrant community is one worth featuring. All of us in North Carolina, except perhaps our Native American residents, have immigrated at some time.
*reference and additional information here.
This is the Smith Street view of two houses located downtown on Cedar Street. If you commute into downtown Greensboro, perhaps you don't pay much attention to these bungalows. We really noticed them the day we were taking this photo of the Fisher Park Apartments being erected. Having these homes and lots with mature trees within view of the baseball stadium and downtown buildings really shows Greensboro's charm. Mixed-use and mixed-purpose structures keep our community interesting. These houses seem to have the best of both worlds; the coziness of home within walking distance of the greenway and baseball.
The above neighborhood is on the eastern edge of the Westerwood and on the western edge of Fisher Park. Does anyone know if this little slice of town had its own designation?
Greenway at Fisher Park Apartments, on the corner of Smith and Eugene Streets, is an apartment complex that is going up fast. Workers and machines were working overtime last week. The whole face of the northwest quadrant of downtown is changing over night. Before you know it, with those brick façades, the apartments will look like they have always been on this lot. The fact that the buildings are only four stories high keeps them from overpowering the location. For sure, residents will find themselves walking to baseball games, school board meetings, Smith Street Diner, Orrell Design, and the Greenway-- if they can pull themselves from the luxury of home!
When we were on site, workers seemed to be working very hard. We loved the way the crane towered over the complex. It is amazing what you can find to photograph in Greensboro when you drive around with a camera.
This home, located at 210 West Fisher Avenue, is a Fisher Park beauty. It was built in 1909 and, from the photo, looks like it is on a sleepy street in a secluded neighborhood. Actually, the home is located on a busy road that connects Battleground Avenue with downtown. The owners have done a fabulous job of keeping the historic flavor of this 103-year-old home. As seen in the photo, the front sports vintage details like woodwork, screen doors, lace curtains, and a grand rap-around porch. The owners are already preparing for enjoying spring afternoons. The pristine white rockers, wicker furniture, and round table are all ready for receiving guests. West Fisher Avenue has only a handful of private residences remaining and this is a glorious one.
Fisher Park, home to Green Hill Cemetery, First Presbyterian and Holy Trinity Espscopal churches, was Greensboro's first neighborhood. In 1901, Captain Basil J. Fisher donated land. Shortly thereafter, a trolley line was established and ran through the neighborhood which quickly became "the epicenter of Greensboro's cultural elite".* Today, we're sharing 210 West Fisher Avenue with our Skywatch Friday friends.
Construction is officially underway for a downtown apartment complex in the Northwest corner of the city. The Greenway Fisher Park Apartments (GFPA) are located on 4.2 acres at the former North State Chevrolet site near the baseball stadium. It is also adjacent to the Greenway loop and historic, Fisher Park. The Jones brothers are building five, three-story brick apartment buildings that will have a clubhouse, fitness center, a saltwater pool, and more. Costing about 10 million dollars, the facility is a major investment on a piece of property that has been dormant for a long time. It will be interesting to monitor the progress of this newest addition to the skyline. At least until the empty showroom/garage across the street is developed, GFPA residents will have a great view of the ballpark and the historic Jefferson Standard Building. To further orient you, notice the Paisley Street sign. We were standing here when the photo was taken.
We love seeing the insides of buildings before they get covered up by their façades. Right now, the construction site is looking beautifully green-- especially striking when the sun is low in the sky. See media coverage of the 196 high-end apartment complex here. We're sharing this with Skywatch Friday. It would be really nice to have some of those wires, lacing through the skyline, go underground. Have a great weekend, dear readers!
Hubbard Street is located White Oak "New Town" community of Greensboro. White Oak, listed as on the National Register of Historic Places, is part of a mill community in northeast Greensboro. One hundred years ago, when Greensboro's textile mills were in full-steam production, White Oak Mills employed five thousand people. By the early 20th century, it was the largest denim factory in the world. Thanks to the Cone brothers, a thriving city-community surrounded the factory. This house is very typical of the mill houses in the neighborhood.
Also typical of the houses in this neighborhood is the connection to history and to community. While White Oak has changed somewhat in recent decades with the rise of rental property in the area, it is still easy to find a good old-fashioned home with great character. This little pink house on Hubbard Street, a block from Buffalo Presbyterian Church, is impeccably painted with a white picket fence and vintage, cement steps leading to a wreathed gate. This Christmas, the darling house on Hubbard reminds us that good things DO come in small packages.
Against the crisp, warm blue winter sky, the scene is heavenly and we are sharing it with Skywatch Friday.
Today we are in Jamestown on Main Street at Dr. Shubal Gardner Coffin's house. Built in 1855, the home was constructed overlooking the railroad tracks that had recently arrived in Jamestown "to enjoy the improved access and visibility afforded by train travel." According to the nearby historic marker sign, the house features Greek revival details like board and batten siding. Dr. Coffin (1809-1881) established a medical school in Guilford County in 1840. Dr. Coffin, whose life spanned the Civil War years, was a member of the Coffin family that was involved with the Underground Railroad. Abolitionist Levi Coffin was the most well known family member. Recently, we found an internet article of the family's history (available on the internet here).
A few years ago, when the bright yellow home had an antique store in it, one could explore all of the nooks and crannies. For sure, the residence overlooks the railroad tracks, allowing the Coffins to observe all the coming and going of rail cars. At one time, the Greensboro/Jamestown/High Point area was quite the crossroads for passengers and commerce in the south.
"Over the river and through the wood to grandfather's house we go... we would not stop for doll or top for this is Thanksgiving Day...." No poem evokes the memory of Thanksgiving more than Lydia Maria Child's 1844 poem about the holiday. If you have time, read it with your family (here). So many of us have fond memories of visiting our grandparents or, perhaps, being the grandparent making those memories of holiday fellowship with family. Coming together, breaking bread, and celebrating the generations is at the core of who we are as North Carolinians.
The house above peeks out beyond a make-shift dirt parking lot, waiting to be filled with the vehicles full of travelers arriving for a Thanksgiving feast. Beyond the old oak tree, you see Early Farms on Bethel Church Road in Gibsonville. The Earlys are fifth generation farmers; so we imagine they'll be serving up some savory, Guilford-County-grown vegetables. Who knows, living in a rural part of the county, they may have procured a wild turkey.
Once there was a tree and it was so beautiful that the owner of this house decided to remodel the house around the tree. The oak tree continues to grow tall and thrive on this Shady Lawn lot, located off Etney Ridge, in the neighborhood behind Earthfare (off Battleground). This neighborhood is very conveniently located to Bryan Boulevard and Battleground Avenue. Many people like it because it is quiet, the houses are reasonably priced and it is zoned for Grimsley High School.
I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose lovely mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Is there a special tree in your life? We're sharing this with Weekend Reflections.
From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us*...from 703 Percy Street. This house in historic Aycock District is one of Greensboro's many residences where Halloween is taken seriously. Because Halloween is on a Monday this year, most of our community events have come and gone. Since tomorrow is a school & work day, it is anticipated that crowds will be light and that the evening will come to a close rather early. Even the infamous Halloween party on Franklin Street in Chapel HIll is expecting significantly less than their record 80,000 visitor crowd. Locally, Lake Jeanette, The Aycock Historic District, Sunset Hills, Westerwood, Westridge and New Irving Park are just a few of the many areas that get inundated with trick-or-treaters from all over. If you live in one of those neighborhoods, you know what to expect.
Nationally, one of the scariest Halloweens came in 1938 when Orson Welles presented "The War of the Worlds" on the radio; listeners were terrified. If you are home alone tonight, between trick-or-treaters, you can read the H.G. Welles script here or listen to free audio here. If you are participating in trick-or-treating, we suggest reading the safety tips published by Greensboro's FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Finally, if you came here today to see the Ai Cemetery, stop back tomorrow. We forgot that Percy Street was already in the hopper.
If you need some creepy music to play when trick-or-treaters come to your door, click on the you tube video below.
This buttery yellow house on Rankin Place is located a stone's throw from Tate Street and Greensboro College. The 1,500 +/- square ft. house, built in 1900, is found in historic College Hill where houses are known to have distinctive personalities. The flowers and greenery in the front are typical of late summer gardens in older neighborhoods. The plants are spindly and leaning in all directions-- a picture of wild abandon. It is as if plants and flowers are having their last hurrah before the weather turns cold. Just beyond the camera's view, the yard has a garden of edible greens growing on the left, near the cinder blocks. The yellow paint on this home is slightly different than the yellow house on Hendrix!
Walking around Greensboro's historic neighborhoods is a great way to get ideas for plants and foliage that look nice into autumn. Before you know it, maple trees and blueberry bushes will be putting on quite a show. Pumpkin patch and corn maze time is just around the corner.... It is hard to be patient and enjoy soaking in this last few weeks of summer knowing the delights fall will bring!
Gargoyles, crosses, stained glass window, piles of rocks, columns of lions, bright red door, and a widow's walk are among the items featured prominently at this abode. This blue house, located beside the highway not too far from I-85 and Alamance Elementary, at 1822 Alamance Church Road, is quite an enigma. If online databases are correct, it was built in 1895, has four bedrooms, one bath, and is 6,299 square feet. That's one bedroom per appoximately 1,500 feet and only one bathroom for the whole house-- possibly a world record! In 1995, the house sold for $39,000. Surely, they have been working on it since then. If you look between lion-topped column 1 and 2, you can see a structure peeking out. Is this a private residence? Are they gearing up for an HGTV episode of "If there walls could talk?"
We posted this house with this odd perspective and the fading lions on the right because today is theme day for the City Daily Photo community and September's theme is "perspective." Whether you define perspective as 'point of view' or 'the visual/spatial effect of something appearing to get smaller on a two-dimentional surface,' today's photo is definitely an odd perspective! Visually, it is a lot to parse! Do help us find out its story. Do head over to the City Daily Photo site to see more interesting photos from around the world. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants