LAND USE, ARCHITECTURE, AND HISTORY IN DURHAM, NC
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05.08.11One of those great tucked-away, small town in the middle of Durham kind of spots, Carden Alley feels a bit like a place out of time to me.Find this spot on a Google Map. 35.981962,-78.879413
Reminds me of Bay St.
Also reminds me a lot of Rome Ave.Who was it that originally paved alleys as driveways, instead of asphalt?The 800 block of Exum is also paved with concrete. I always assumed that DCLT was involved, as they have done a lot to turn the street around. Was it the city, though?
When I was child I use to go with my father on occasion to do chores for Miss Ila House and Miss Rosa Vickers. They lived at the end of this street. Miss House was a teacher at Y.E. Smith School and beat many a child for learning too slowly. Here meanness and cruelty was legendary.
I lived the first ten years of my life at 310 Carden Alley.I am 62 years old now. The house has been torn down. I used to help Miss House and Mrs. Vickers tend to their garden. My younger sister had Miss House as a first grade teacher. My sister was spanked quite a lot by Miss House. Mrs. Vickers was one of the sweetest ladies that I had ever known.-Vivian Taylor Briggs
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