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How Oak Crest Was Named - Both Versions

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #28

Well, wouldn’t you know it, I have stumbled onto two versions of how the name Oak Crest originated.   So, I will publish both versions for you to enjoy and decide for yourselves which one is correct.   Here they are:

Version one:  The children of Egbert Davis (Sunnynoll Farm) and of Walter Cartwright (caretaker of Sunnynoll Farm) would carry fresh fruits and vegetables to the Harmon sisters who lived in what is now Woodberry Forest.  The Harmon sisters were very poor, so the children would carry the fresh goods to them on a cart pulled by a pony named Toby.  They would go through the fields of Sunnynoll and through a beautiful forest of oak trees, down a steep hill of what is now the south end of Crepe Myrtle Cr to the Harmon’s little cabin.  The children called the steep hill “whoopee hill” because as they went down the hill they would all yell “whoopee!”  Since the crest of the hill contained oak trees, the Harmon sisters called the area “Oak Crest”. 

Version two:  Deep in the woods at the end of Freds Rd which is full of hills and trees is one very large hill.   On the top of that hill are the remains of a very large oak tree (see photo below).   This tree could quite possibly be around 250 years old.  Because this oak tree was much larger than its surrounding trees, it was probably at one time the most prominent tree on the crest of this large hill.  Thus the name “Oak Crest” was created to identify the area.  I am not sure exactly who came up with the name.  It may have even come from the Moravians back in the 1700’s (more on this later). 

Also, at one time this hill was to be the location of a very large estate (more on this later also). 


This is a photo of the old oak tree.  The back side has rotted out making it appear as if it were two trees.  At one time the tree was struck by lightning and that “scar” in the middle is where it tried to heal itself.  The tree is quite large in spite of how it may appear in this photo.  Click on the photo above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

Considering that the Oak Crest neighborhood was created in the early 1920’s prior to the Davis’s house being built at Sunnynoll Farm, I tend to believe that version two would be a more accurate version for the origin of the name Oak Crest.  I still have a lot more research to do!  Hopefully I will find some information that will confirm one of these versions or uncover yet another version!

Now you know where the name of this blog, Whoopee Hill,  originated!  It’s the result of late night humor between me and my webmaster!

Upcoming Weekly Acorns

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #27

Well, I apologize for not having much to write about for the past couple of weeks.  Spring fever has hit and I needed a break.  I am still working diligently on plenty of material that I will be sharing with you all very soon.  So,  here is a sneak peek of some of the exciting topics I have planned in the coming months.  These are in no particular order. 

A very interesting newspaper ad from 1923

The creation of Oak Crest (multi part series)

How Oak Crest was named

New address, but without a move

Same address, but with a move

A new beginning:  What does the future hold?

Families of Oak Crest (multi part series)

A church that began in Oak Crest


Crystal Lake

The Oak Crest

The first road through Oak Crest

Please stay tuned and stay informed.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the interesting facts and photos I will be sharing

More Vintage Photos Needed

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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Weekly Acorn #26

During the past several months I have been fortunate enough to receive some really good vintage photos of Oak Crest.  Many thanks to the people who have provided me with them.  The photos I have received so far are either of houses or residents or relatives of residents who have lived in the neighborhood.  Most of the photos of people were made outdooors and usually include a house or part of the neighborhood in the background. 

Just last week Bobbie Goodman sent me some photos (see above) of her family (the Davises) but was unsure if they were made in OC.  We talked on the phone as we both examined the photos and I was able to not only identify the location of the photos, but was also able to narrow down an approximate time period that the photos were taken.  This was very helpful to Bobbie who is working on the geneology of the Davis family.  It has also been very helpful to me in learning more of the history of our neighborhood and its residents. 

With that said, I really would like to ask that anyone who may have any old photos of houses, streets, lawns, people, etc that were taken in Oak Crest, if you would please contact me.  I would love to copy or scan them (or you can copy or scan them yourself) so that I can add them to the Vingage Photos section of the photo gallery.  I will be glad to pay for any copies.   I also have a scanner and will be happy to scan them myself.   You can either let me borrow them long enough to scan them or bring them to my house and I will scan them while we visit.   I promise that they will be handled with extreme care.   I can be reached by phone at 336.727.9771 or  by email at kent@oakcrestbodyworks.com .  I look forward to receiving some great photos!

Click on the photos above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery and more specifically, the Vintage Photos section.

Next week I will reveal some of the upcoming Weekly Acorns I have planned over the next couple of months. 

Neighborhood Boundries (Part 10) - Woodberry Forest

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Weekly Acorn # 25

Woodberry Forest is the neighborhood that is located directly south of Oak Crest.  It was developed in three phases on a large parcel of land owned by B K Millaway.  Mr Millaway purchased the land in 1935.  I am not sure of the previous owner of the land (maybe Harmon or Nading?).  

This is the tract of land where the Harmon sisters lived in their little cabin.  In fact, the earliest map of OC shows the land to the south as belonging to “Harmon”.  Unfortunately, I have not found much information on the Harmon’s at this time.

I have been told that there were two houses on the property.   A cabin and a house.    The cabin was where the Harmon sisters lived and the house at one time was used as a party house by Mr Nading.   I am still searching and asking folks who may have more information.   

I do know that W D and Louise Millaway lived in the cabin for several years before building the house (in 1954) that Louise Millaway currently lives in at 245 Crepe Myrtle Cr.  The cabin was located several hundred feet behind Mrs Millaway’s current house and approximately where the house at 2575 Aaron Ln sits now. 

I remember the cabin when I was a child.  I went to it many times, however, I was scared of bees and snakes and never stayed around it very long.  At that time it was abondoned and all of the area surrounding it was overgrown.  It was demolished in the mid 1970’s to make way for the third phase of Woodberry Forest. 

Mr Millaway did not sell all of the land at the same time.  Instead he sold it in portions, so the neighborhood was developed in three phases.  He sold the first portion in 1963. 

The first phase was platted in 196? and consisted of lots on Woodberry Dr and Talwood Ct.  Woodberry Dr began at Reynolda Rd and ended at 2555 on the north side and 2554 on the south side of the street.   Then the second phase was platted in 196? and consisted of lots on the rest of Woodberry Dr, Wakeview Hill, Aaron Ln (east) and about half a block of Aaron Ln (west).  Finally the last phase was platted in 197? and consisted of lots on the rest of Aaron Ln (west) and Harmon Ct. 

Woodberry Forest consists of one main street and several side streets that are all cul-de-sacs.  The streets are as follows:

Woodberry Dr - This is the main street in the neighborhood.  It begins at Reynolda Rd and heads east to begin with, and then meanders through several curves for a few blocks and finally ending in a cul-de-sac headed north. 

Talwood Ct - This very short street that branches north of Woodberry Dr and is only about 100 feet long ending in a cul-de-sac. 

Wakewood Hill - This is also a very short street that branches southeast (remember the curves) of Woodberry Dr ending in a cul-de-sac.

Aaron Ln - This street intersects with Woodberry Dr almost at the end of it.  Woodberry Dr ends in a cul-de-sac just beyond Aaron Ln.  Aaron Ln extends about one very short block east of Woodberry Dr ending in a cul-de-sac.  It also extends about two blocks west of Woodberry Dr also ending in a cul-de-sac.  

Harmon Ct - This street begins about half way along the west portion of Aaron Ln and extends north for one long block ending a cul-de-sac. 

Well, next week’s post will be a surprise to you and me because I am not sure what I am going to write about next.  I do have another multi-part series planned, but I do not want to end one and immediately begin another. 

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