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Lindley Park Walking Tour
May 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Quaker J. Van Lindley was renowned as an intrepid businessman. First establishing his reputation in the nursery business, he evolving into terra cotta pipe manufacturing and cotton-milling before taking a position as the president of Security Life and Annuity Co. Lindley donated 60 acres north of Spring Garden Street for use as a lake and amusement park. The park opened July 4, 1902.
The amusement park was operated by the Greensboro Electric Co., and those seeking amusements rode the electric-powered street cars out from the city to visit attractions and attend shows. The park was a center for early Twentieth-Century diversions that included dances, horse races, and swimming and skating on the lake. When the 15-year agreement for use of the park ended in 1917, the lake and amusement park closed. All that remains are the stone and iron neighborhood gate posts. Charlotte-based urban planner Earle Sumner Draper provided Lindley with redevelopment plans for the neighborhood bearing his name. The streets surrounding the park are composed of Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Post-War housing.
This tour is part of Preservation Greensboro’s year-long celebration marking 50 years of service to the community. Learn about J. Van Lindley, Earle Sumner Draper, and others on a tour led by Preservation Greensboro’s Urban Guide Ryan Gray.
Rain or shine, cancelled only if thunder is heard. Wear comfortable shoes! This tour is FREE.