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Oak Crest (Part 17) - Idlewilde Ct And Idlewilde Heath

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #46

Well, just when I thought I had completed this multi-part series, I discovered some additional information that changes some statements I made in an earlier post and also includes additional territory to Oak Crest. 

I will begin with what I said in an earlier post (Weekly Acorn #38) that neither Idlewilde Ct and Idlewilde Heath were considered part of Oak Crest.  The reason I said this was because I thought these two subdivisions extended beyond original Oak Crest boundries.   Then I discovered some newer versions of the plats and realized that both subdivisions are indeed part of Oak Crest.   So, lets begin with Idlewilde Ct. 

Just a quick review, Idlewild Dr was created and subdivided from original Oak Crest parcels 8 and 9 in May 1936.   The Buena Vista Co had purchased the parcels from the Fries brothers, who created Oak Crest. 

Near the end of the street just before the cul-de-sac on the east side is lot #16 (193 Idlewild Dr).  Annie M. Trivette was the second owner of this lot which she (and her husband) purchased in June 1936.  They built a house on it in 1939.  Then in November 1941, T G and Annie M Trivette purchased a portion of the original Oak Crest parcel 10 on the northeast side (lots 202A & 202B) that adjoined their property.

In January 1982, Thomas Gaston Trivette was listed as sole owner of both properties.  Then in September 1982 a group by the name of Idlewilde Associates was listed as the owner.   I am not sure if Mr Trivette was associated with this group, but I suspect he was.  Anyway, the house was left intact and a small street was cut along the south edge of the property and extending the full length of this very long stretch (approx 100 ft) of land.  This street was named Idlewilde Ct.  A second street was started off of Idlewilde Ct (intended to run North onto the adjacent property) but only extends about 70 feet and stops.  Perhaps the owner had intended to purchase the adjacent property on the north side and extend the new subdivision, but that never happend.

The property was subdivided into 11 lots (numbered 101-111) of various shapes and sizes but large enough to fit a house.   Lot #101 is closest to Idlewild Dr and contains the original house.  Small A framed houses were built on each of the other lots in 1982 and sold individually.   

Additionally, Lot #17 (183 Idlewilde Dr) currently contains one house that was built in 1941, but the property is split up into 4 small lots.  The house is located on the lot closest to Idlewild Dr and the other three front Idlewilde Ct, but they do not contain houses.   All 4 lots (and house) have the same owner.  

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This current (2004) map of Oak Crest (left) and original plat of the Idlewilde Ct subdivision (right) are shown together here for comparison to illustrate how portions of the original parcels 9 & 10 were subdivided to create Idlewilde Ct.  The map shows lot #16 (of parcel 9) near the cul-de-sac of Idlewild Dr and the northeast portion of parcel 10 of Oak Crest and is outlined in green to show the boundries of the Idlewilde Ct subdivision.   Click on the map and plat above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

Next week I will conclude this series by discussing the creation of Idlewilde Heath.

Oak Crest (Part 16) - Summary Of The Original 27 Parcels - Conclusion

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Weekly Acorn #45

This week I am concluding the summary of the original 27 parcels of Oak Crest with lots 19-27 and Nading’s Addition.  Please keep in mind when reading this that some of these parcels were divided into very small narrow lots with as little as 15-20 feet across the front, so each owner may have several lots containing only one house.  The map at the bottom of this post illustrates this very well.

Parcel 19 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot.  Then it was split up into six lots with two fronting Friendship Cr and 4 fronting Polo Rd.  The parcel now consists of seven lots with one house fronting Friendship Cr and three houses fronting Polo Rd.

Parcel 20 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot.  Then it was split into four lots all fronting Polo Rd.  The two middle lots each contain houses and the two end lots became additional property for the lots adjacent to this parcel on either side.  My house is one of the two houses on this parcel. 

Parcel 21 - This parcel was originally sold as three lots all fronting Polo Rd.  Then later two of those lots were each split up into two lots for a total of five lots (of varying sizes) on this parcel.  The parcel now consists of the five lots with four houses located on them.   The smallest lot is part of one of the other lots in the parcel.  

Parcel 22 - This parcel was originally sold as three lots all fronting Polo Rd.  Then later the middle lot was split into two lots and were added to the lots on either side of them.  The parcel now consists of four lots (of varying sizes) with one house and the service station (Campus Gas). 

Parcel 23 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot and was part of the farm from parcel 14.  Later the parcel was sold and eventually divided into three lots.  It now consists of three lots containing three houses all fronting Polo Rd. 

Parcels 24, 25, & 26 - These three parcels were used to create Rosedale Cr and half of Hobart St (formerly Rosedale St).  It was first divided into 20 nice sized lots.  Later 19 of these lots resubdivided into 123 much smaller lots.  The one remaining lot (also the largest and part of parcel 24) was divided into 12 lots and two more streets (Aaron Ln and Belle Vista Ct) were created, but they are only accessible from WFU instead of Rosedale Cr, making them part of another neighborhood now.  These two streets now consists of 13 lots containing 13 houses.  The rest of parcels 24, 25, & 26 making up Rosedale Cr now consists of 123 lots containing 52 houses with 6 houses fronting Polo Rd and 46 houses fronting Rosedale Cr. 

Parcel 27 - This parcel was originally sold to a group of investors who created Harmon Av (originally a boulevard with a center median) and the other half of Hobart St (formerly Rosedale St).  It was divided into 47 small lots with 12 fronting Polo Rd and 35 fronting Harmon Av.  The parcel now consists of 50 lots containing 15 houses with 4 houses fronting Polo Rd and 11 houses fronting Harmon Av.  The median was eventually taken up and Harmon Av is now a single street. 

Nading’s Addition - This parcel was owned by brothers H A and J A Nading which they developed into Crepe Myrtle Cr and became part of Oak Crest.  The parcel was divided into 74 lots with 10 fronting Polo Rd and 64 fronting Crepe Myrtle Cr.  The parcel now consists of 88 lots containing 47 houses with 9 houses fronting Polo Rd and 38 houses fronting Crepe Myrtle Cr.  Two houses were demolished on the circle earlier this year.  

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This original 1923 plat and current (2004) map of Oak Crest are shown together here for comparison to illustrate how the original 27 parcels were subdivided including Nading’s Addition which became Crepe Myrtle Cr and part of Polo Rd.  The plat on the far right is the continuation of parcel 24 (cut off on the map - middle) which includes Aaron Ln and Belle Vista Ct.  Click on the plats and map above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

During the next two weeks I will continue this series with some newly discovered information about the subdivisions of Idlewilde Ct and Idlewilde Heath.

Oak Crest (Part 15) - Summary Of The Original 27 Parcels - Continued

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #44

This week I am continuing the summary of the original 27 parcels of Oak Crest with lots 10-18.

Parcel 10 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot and one house was built on it fronting Friendship Cr.  Over the years the parcel has been split up into several sections.  One of those sections became a lot with another house on it, but it is located in the middle of the original parcel.   Another large section in the middle of the parcel remains undeveloped and is owned by WFU.  The remaining section at the rear of the parcel was joined with a lot on Idlewild Dr and was subdivided into 11 lots and small A framed houses were built on what is now Idlewild Ct.  Idlewild Ct is now Block 6077 in the Forsyth County Geo-data Explorer.

Parcel 11 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot with one house built on it that fronts Polo Rd.  There is also a small house in the back that is used as a rental house.  This entire parcel remains as one lot and is now owned by WFU.

Parcel 12 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot, but was eventually split into two lots.  It now consists of two lots containing two houses that front Polo Rd.  Also, both of these houses contain a separate building behind them, each divided into multiple apartments   This entire parcel is now owned by WFU.

Parcel 13 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot and contains one house that fronts Polo Rd.  This entire parcel remains as one lot and is now owned by WFU. 

Parcel 14 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot along with the adjacent parcels 15 and 23 to become a farm containing the oldest house in Oak Crest built in 1925.  Eventually parcels 15 and 23 were sold off and parcel 14 was divided into two lots.   It now consists of two lots containing two houses, with the original farm house fronting Polo Rd and the second lot and house fronting Friendship Cr.  The farm house is still owned by a member of the original family who built it. 

Parcel 15 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot and was part of the farm from parcel 14.  Later the parcel was sold and eventually divided into three lots.  It now consists of three lots containing three houses all fronting Friendship Cr. 

Parcel 16 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot, but later sold again and split up.  It now consists of three lots containing three houses all fronting Friendship Cr. 

Parcel 17 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot, but later sold again and split up.  It now consists of three lots containing three houses all fronting Friendship Cr. 

Parcel 18 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot, but later sold again and split up.  It now consists of three lots (one very tiny lot) containing two houses both fronting Friendship Cr. 

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This original 1923 plat and current (2004) map of Oak Crest are shown together here for comparison to illustrate how the original 27 parcels were subdivided including Nading’s Addition which became Crepe Myrtle Cr and part of Polo Rd.  Click on the plat and map above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

Next week I will conclude this part with parcels 19-27 and Nading’s Addition.  Then the following week I will add another part (hopefully the final part) to this series with some newly discovered information about Idlewilde Ct and Idlewilde Heath and a correction to Weekly Acorn #38 (Part 9) of this series concerning these subdivisions.

Oak Crest (Part 14) - Summary Of The Original 27 Parcels

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #43

For the past several months my posts have been about the creation of Oak Crest from the beginning to the creation and subdivisions of each street.  This was done in chronological order.  Now I am going to wrap up this multi-part series by briefly summarizing each of the 27 original parcels (in numerical order) from June 1923 - present.   I am including the original (June 1923) plat and a current (August 2004) plat for comparison.

Parcel 1 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot and the second oldest house in OC was built on it in 1925.  The parcel now consists of two lots containing two houses fronting Polo Rd, and a tiny portion contains part of Silas Creek Pky.

Parcel 2 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot.  It now conststs of four lots with two houses fronting Polo Rd and two houses fronting Friendship Cr. 

Parcel 3 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot.   It now consists of two lots containing two newer houses fronting Friendship Cr and a large portion behind those lots contains about half of the Crowne Polo apartment complex, and a small portion of it contains part of Silas Creek Pky.

Parcel 4 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot.   It now consists of two lots with three houses fronting Friendship Cr and the remaining large portion behind those lots contains the other half of the Crowne Polo apartment complex.

Parcels 5 & 6 - These two parcels were purchased by the Buena Vista Co and Freds Rd was created circa August 1923 - March 1927 (probably closer to 1927 though) with 8 lots along each side of the street.  Most of the property along Freds Rd is owned by the Nisbet family and is not developed except for their home.  There are two other homes at the end of the street owned by other families.  

Parcel 7 - This parcel was originally sold as one lot.  It now consists of two lots containing two houses fronting Friendship Cr and the remaining large portion consists of beautiful rolling hills and pasture and a pond belonging to the resident of one of the houses. 

Parcels 8 & 9 - These parcels were purchased by the Buena Vista Co and Idlewild Drive was created in May 1936 with 26 lots with four lots fronting Friendship Cr and 22 lots fronting Idlewild Dr.  The parcels now consist of 36 lots containing 24 houses with one fronting Friendship Cr and 23 fronting Idlewild Dr.  This is not counting the subdivisions of Idlewilde Ct and Idlewilde Heath.  I will soon be adding another part (hopefully the final part) to this series with important information about Idlewilde Ct and Idlewilde Heath.    

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This original 1923 plat and current (2004) map of Oak Crest are shown together here for comparison to illustrate how the original 27 parcels were subdivided including Nading’s Addition which became Crepe Myrtle Cr and part of Polo Rd.  Click on the plat and map above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

Next week I will continue this part with parcels 10-18.

Oak Crest (Part 13) - The Estate That Wasn’t

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Weekly Acorn #42

This week I am going to tell you about a planned estate that was actually adjacent to Oak Crest (not actually part of the original 27 parcels owned by the Fries brothers), but was never built.  I am including it in this series because the site where the estate was to be located is believed to be “The Oak Crest,” which is where the name of our neighborhood was derived.

The location of this property is adjacent to the northern border of Oak Crest and consisted of over 100 acres.  The property was purchased by William T. Wilson.  However, records for this particular piece of property do not show anything prior to 1942.   William Wilson was a prominent figure in Winston-Salem and even served as our Mayor from 1935-1938. 

The 1920’s and 30’s was a time when Winston-Salem was moving westward and the concrete Boone Trail Highway (now Reynolda, Valley, and Yadkinville Rds) became a corridor for many of the prominent citizens to build their country estates, weekend homes, and farms away from the city.  Family names like Reynolds, Gray, Hanes, Davis, Speas, Cox, Hine, Messrs, Whittington, Angelo, and Newsom just to name a few. 

So, it was only fitting that Mayor Wilson wanted to “keep up with the Joneses” and build his grand estate among the rest.   However, it was never built.  Later the property was sold.

Rebecca Kester Nisbet ended up purchasing the property in August 1942 (earliest recorded purchase of this property) which was adjacent to two large parcels in Oak Crest (parcels 5 & 6) that the Kester’s had already purchased between 1932 and 1938 along both sides of Freds Rd.  The Kester’s were also a prominent family in the area which I will discuss in an upcoming multi-part series titled Family Ties

The Wilson Estate was to consist of a large mansion and  formal gardens that would be located on top of the highest peak of the property.  This peak is what I refer to as “The Oak Crest.”  I also mentioned this in an earlier post (Weekly Acorn #28) and included a photo of an old oak tree that is located at the top of the hill.  This oak tree on top of the hill is supposedly where the name Oak Crest originated.  However, the tree was quite old and large, so I do not know if Mayor Wilson named the area after it or if possibly the Moravians (or someone else) named it since the old Bethabara to Salem road, that was cut through in 1766, ran right beside the tree. 

The estate was to have a grand entrance with a long winding driveway leading up to the mansion and formal gardens.  The estate entrance was to be located at the end of Freds Rd.   In fact, some of the formal garden area was actually created as well as a beautiful rock entrance and gate to the estate was erected and both are still there today.  The masonry of the rock entrance resembles that of the Reynolda estate and the former Davis Estate where Crystal Lake was located (now The Corners At Crystal Lake Apartments).  The original rock pilars, walls, and terraces (decks) are still intact at the Apartment complex today. 

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This is the plat (circa 1920’s or 30’s) of the area adjacent to the northern border of Oak Crest.  I tried to position it so that “north” was at the top, but instead it is more to the right (note the north “arrow” in the middle of the right border).   Because of that the writing is upside down.   A color coded version of the same plat (right) illustrates its relation to Oak Crest (green).   William Wilson’s estate was lot 14 (yellow).  Lots 15 & 16 (blue) were owned by a Henry L Wilson (not sure if related) from 1926 - 1957 and then Lindsay Knox Wilson from 1957 - 1959.  Parcels 5 & 6 of Oak Crest (green) is where Freds Rd is located.   Lot 14 (yellow) is the approximate location of Silas Creek Pky Ext at Bethabara Rd, the Crowne Oaks Apartments at that intersection, and The Brookridge Retirement Community.  Lots 15 & 16 are the location of Edgebrook Dr.  Click on the plats above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

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Upper left:  top of “The Oak Crest” and approximate location of where William Wilson’s proposed mansion was to be located, upper right:  yucca plants that were part of the proposed formal gardens, bottom:  rock entrance and gate located at the end of Freds Rd.  Click on the photos above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo GalleryThese as well as additional photos of the proposed Wilson Estate, house location, formal gardens, and rock entrance are in the Freds Rd and The Oak Crest sections and photos of the same rock masonry in the Crystal Lake section.

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