As often happens I was looking for one thing on microfilm when something else caught my eye: this time it was the 1914 real estate ad for a Myers Park house on Parkwood Court.
I thought I’d do a before-and-after blog about it - go take a current photo of the house - but Google Maps doesn’t show a Parkwood Court in Myers Park (as opposed to Parkwood Avenue that runs through NoDa).
Next step: Charlotte City Directories. These gems can unlock so many secrets! The oldest one I have is from 1931.
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You can search by last name, example: Marshall Love, blacksmith, wife Mary, residing at 614 S. Graham St.
You can search by street address, example: Stonewall Street near intersection of S. Tryon (where the Observer now stands).
Addresses/tenants on Stonewall:
#110: Boy Scouts of America storage
#112-114: Thos F Rogers Co, painters
#120 1/2: Mrs Callie Knight
#125: Dixie Auto Radiator Co
#130: White Transfer Co/Southern Bonded Storage Co
But no Parkwood Court. Some of the very old Observer archives are searchable by keyword so I searched “Parkwood Court”. I only found the 1914 ad.
Then I used Boolean language and ran this search: “Parkwood NEAR30 Myers Park.” This gave me stories where Parkwood appeared within 30 words of Myers Park. The Moravian Church kept popping up.
So I searched “Moravian NEAR20 Parkwood”: Bingo! There was the 1924 story about Mr. Lambeth giving the street to the city and a mention that the street name had been recently changed from Parkwood to Moravian for “The Little Church on the Lane” there.
So, the address of the house in the 1914 is 626 Moravian Lane. I found it on Google Maps street view and went to take the photo. **Be sure to read the caption on the last photo to see what I found that day.** Hope you enjoy!