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Walking Wednesdays Tour of Lindley Park
September 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 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 Lindley Park 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.
Now in our 14th season of tours, Preservation Greensboro’s Urban Guide will detail architectural styles in the neighborhood. This will be our Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens location in 2019! Meet under the Lindley Park stone entry gates at 2700 Spring Garden Street. Tour cancelled in case of rain. Wear comfortable shoes! This tour is FREE to the public.