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Neighborhood Boundries (Part 6) - Oak Crest’s Little Orphans

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Weekly Acorn #19

Last week I described the exact boundries of Oak Crest and included all of the streets.  Well, Oak Crest also has two additional little streets but they are not connected to any of the other streets in the neighborhood.   Originally, a single street was proposed that would have branched off of Rosedale Cr (where 135 Rosedale is now located) called Belmont Court, but it was never developed.  

Instead, the proposed Belmont Ct was redesigned into two streets (Aaron Ln and Belle Vista Ct) and became accessible from Faculty Dr, north (now Allen Easley Way) on the campus of Wake Forest University.  

Aaron Ln - this street is one block long and begins at Allen Easley Way (formerly Faculty Dr, north) between buildings 5 & 6 of Faculty Apartments and extends west for one block.  It is named after the Aaron family who owned the property when the street was created. 

Belle Vista Ct (originally proposed as Belmont Ct) - this street picks up at the end of Aaron Ln and runs south one block and ends in a cul-de-sac.  It is named after the Aaron’s daughter, Annabelle Aaron Montgomery.

Because these streets are accessible from WFU and not through Rosedale Cr as originally planned, they are now recognized as part of the Wake Forest University Property Owners Association.  But to me, they will always be Oak Crest’s “little orphans”.

I will discuss the history of this property in more detail my next multi part series about the creation of Oak Crest. 

The Wake Forest University Property Owners Association also has a detailed history of these streets. 

My next post will cover some of the neighborhoods along West Polo Rd.

Neighborhood Boundries (Part 5) - Oak Crest

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #18

This week I will discuss the EXACT boundries of Oak Crest.  I wrote an earlier post on this last fall in Weekly Acorn #3, but I included a little more territory than what is really considered the original neighborhood of OC.  So, in this post I will be very specific of these boundries.  As a point of origin let’s say that Oak Crest begins on Polo Rd at the east side of the bridge that crosses Silas Creek Pky.   From that point I will cover the boundries on both the north and south sides of Polo Rd headed east and then all of the side streets off of Polo.  Here we go:

Polo Rd (formerly Oak Crest Dr) - Beginning on the north side of Polo Rd, OC begins at 1537 Polo  (J A Fouts’ house) and heading east ending at 1141 Polo (Paul Hauser’s house at the corner of Student Dr).  Please note: Student Dr is NOT part of OC. 

Then on the south side of Polo Rd, OC begins at 1526 Polo (Sarah Woosley’s house) and heading east ending at 1210 Polo (Betty Swaim’s house at the corner of Rosedale Cr).  Please note:  The retirement home located on Polo Ridge Ct just to the west of 1526 Polo is NOT part of OC. 

The portion of Polo Rd that runs through Oak Crest was originally called Oak Crest Drive.  I am only speculating here, but that street name MAY have extended from Reynolda Rd to University Pky (formerly Old Town/Bethabara Rd).  I will discuss this further in Part 8 of this series. 

Crepe Myrtle Cr - Located on the south side of Polo Rd, Crepe Myrtle heads south about 200 feet then forks and forms one giant loop.  It is lined with crepe myrtle trees along both sides of the street, which is where it gets its name. 

Harmon Av - Located on the south side of Polo Rd, Harmon Av heads south for about two blocks and stops at a dead end.  Originally a boulevard with a center median, Harmon is now a single street named after the Harmon Sisters who lived on an adjacent parcel of land along the the south boundry of OC. 

Rosedale Cr - Located on the south side of Polo Rd, Rosedale Cr makes a Horseshoe loop and intersects with Polo at two locations. 

Hobart St (formerly Rosedale St) - This is a short connector (alley) between Harmon Av and Rosedale Cr and is one block long.  There are no houses on this street, only driveways to houses at the corners of Harmon and Rosedale.  Hobart was originally called Rosedale St. 

Friendship Cr - Located on the north side of Polo Rd, Friendship Cr makes a long semi-circle that stretches almost the entire length of OC and intersects with Polo at two locations.  Friendship has two streets branching off it along the north side. 

Idlewild Dr - This street begins at Friendship Cr and extends several blocks north and down two steep hills and ending in a cul-de-sac.  Please note: Idlewilde Ct (a side street branching east) and the Idlewilde Heath (a subdivision branching north of the cul-se-sac) are NOT part of OC. 

Freds Rd - This street begins at Friendship Cr and extends about two blocks north and stops at a dead end.  Much of the land along Freds Rd is undeveloped and owned by the Nisbet family.  The street is named after Fred Nisbet. 

That my fellow neighbors is our complete Oak Crest neighborhood.  Well, not quite……!  Be sure to tune in next week when I will tell you about two more streets that were/are designated as part of OC, but are now considered part of another neighborhood. 

Neighborhood Boundries (Part 4) - Old Town

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #17

Old Town is a township of Forsyth County.   Forsyth County comprises most of the original 100,000 acre Wachovia tract that the Moravians purchased in the 1700’s.  The best way to describe Old Town in relation to Forsyth County is to imagine Forsyth County as a grid with OT being one of the center squares.  The other townships in relation to OT are as follows:  Old Richmond (NW); Bethania (N); Salem Chapel (NE); Belews Creek (E of Salem Chapel); Vienna (W); Middle Fork (E); Kernersville (E of Middle Fork); Lewisville (SW); Clemmonsville (S of Lewisville, W of South Fork); South Fork (S); and Winston (SE); Broadbay (SE of Winston); Abbots Creek (E of Broadbay).  

To be a little more specific with the OT township I will list the approximate areas (communities/streets) that are near the borders of OT based on 1907 and 1927 Forsyth County maps.  These “borders” have changed over the years as most of these areas have now been annexed into the city of W-S.  The original areas along the borders of OT are as follows:

North border - Bethania; Shattalon Dr; Oak Grove School; New Hope Church; Bethania Station; Stanleyville; Oak Summit

East border - Oak Summit; Mineral Springs; Montview; Motorville

South border - 25th Street; Country Club Rd; Forsyth Country Club: Buena Vista

West border - Bethania; Pfafftown

Years ago when maps and plats were drawn out, areas within the Old Town township that were not part of a specific neighborhood or development, were simply referred to as “Old Town”.  Now days when we think of OT, we only think of the area near Old Town School, but in reality OT covered a much larger area.  

The name “Old Town” comes from the settlement of Bethabara.   Established in 1753, Bethabara is the oldest settlement of the original Wachovia tract.  Then later in 1759 the settlement of Bethania was established.   This settlement consisted of Moravians who did not wish to comply with Bethabara’s communal system and a group of outsiders who wished to live among them. 

Then in 1766 the new town of Salem was established near the center of Wachovia.   Salem, being the newest town in Wachovia, was referred to as “New Town” and Bethabara, being the oldest town, was referred to as “Old Town”. 

In my next post I will share with you the exact boundries of Oak Crest.

Neighborhood Boundries (Part 3) - Bethabara/Old Town Rd Area

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Weekly Acorn #16

In this segment I will tell you about two more neighborhoods that are located along University Pky and Bethabara Rd north of Polo Rd.  Here they are:

Wakeview - (established January 1956)  This neighborhood consists of Macon Dr, Kress Dr, Ranch Dr, and Waycross Dr.  all of these streets are on the east side of University Pky (formerly Bethabara/Old Town Rd).

Macon Dr - Begins at University Pky (formerly Bethabara/ Old Town Rd) and ends about one block east of  Waycross Dr in a cul-de-sac.

Kress Dr - Begins at University Pky (formerly Bethabara/Old Town Rd) and ends at Waycross Dr.

Ranch Dr - Begins at University Pky (formerly Bethabara/Old Town Rd) and ends at Waycross Dr.

Waycross Dr - Begins at Macon Dr and extends north just beyond Ranch Dr.

University Pky - (formerly Bethabara Rd/Old Town Rd) the portion on the east side between Macon Dr and Ranch Dr.

Cottage Grove - (established April 1961)  This small neighborhood is located on the west side of Bethabara Rd (formerly Old Town Rd) and consists of Barclay Terrace and Cypress Cr. 

Barclay Ter - Begins at Bethabara Rd (formerly Old Town Rd) and extends west about two blocks ending in a cul-de-sac.  

Cypress Cr - Begins at Bethabara Rd (formerly Old Town Rd) and extends west about two blocks ending in a cul-de-sac.  

Finally, I want to distinguish between University Pky, Bethabara Rd, Old Town Rd, and Tire Town Rd.  It all begins with the settlement of Bethabara.  Because Bethabara was the oldest Moravian settlement of the original Wachovia tract, it was referred to as “Old Town”.  The only roads from the town of Bethabara that led into the towns of Winston and Salem (New Town) were Indiana Av (then known as route 66) to the southeast and Old Town Rd to the southwest.   Old Town Rd led from the town of Bethabara to Reynolda Rd (where Fairlawn now intersects). 

Later a “new” or “second” Old Town Rd led from the town of Bethabara heading south and ended at Polo Rd.  Then later it was extended south from Polo Rd for several blocks and then curving east and ending at Indiana Av (at Woodland Cemetery).  There was a tire manufacturing plant at this intersection in what was later the Old Dominion Box Company.  This area where the factory was located and where all of the R J Reynolds tobacco storage warehouses are located was known as “Tire Town”.   So, the road that led between the town of Bethabara and the tire factory was known as Old Town/Tire Town Rd. 

Later, the name was changed to Bethabara Rd.  (I later learned that the section of Old Town/Tire Town Rd between Indiana Av (formerly Piney Grove Rd) and Polo Rd was changed to Bethabara Rd on 8/5/1957).  Then in the late 1960’s University Pky was built and a portion of it ran through the same stretch of road as Bethabara Rd.  This resulted in Bethabara Rd being divided into segments.  One segment leads from the town of Bethabara and ending at University Pky just north of Polo Rd.  The other segment is a short block (the curve) of the old Bethabara Rd that remains at University Pky and Reynolds Blvd.   Then the old east stretch of Bethabara Rd became 33rd St and was later changed to Reynolds Blvd in the mid 1970’s when RJR built their world headquarters building across from Whitaker Park. 

Be sure to tune in again next week for Part 4 of this series where I will discuss more about Old Town. 

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