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Chapel Hill's Glen Lennox Apartments and Shopping Center

by Charly Mann

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Deborah Jones      10:16 AM Sun 8/21/2011

Does anyone know who the two women are who live on Gimghoul Rd. in a house purchased from Sears Roebuck in the 1940s? They were nice enough to invite a friend and myself in to see the house this weekend. Thanks.
 

Tony Dean      7:00 PM Fri 12/31/2010

Please post and submit some more pictures of this wonderful shopping complex. Especially of the Glen Lennox Pharmacy. Do you have any photos Mr. Harris?
Thanks!
 

Alex Webb      3:01 PM Tue 4/27/2010

Lived there from 1956 until 1970. My mom Homer Webb was the crossing guard at Hwy 54 for Glenwood School and also worked at the bank in the shopping center. Many great memories from those days. It was a great place to grow up, lots of kids, plenty to do and even had the old bus that would take you downtown.
 

Charly Mann      7:51 PM Wed 12/30/2009

Hello Sarah,

I'm pretty sure I remember you and would love to hear more of your recollections about growing up in Chapel Hill. I will soon be doing an article on Glenwood School and in 1956-7 I believe the principal's name was Mr. Kiddo. Was your friend Sarah's last name Kreps? As I recall, the Kreps grew up on Oakwood Drive before they moved to Durham.

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Sarah Geer      7:22 PM Wed 12/30/2009

Glen Lennox was such a great neighborhood for young married students, for new faculty, for divorced people, and generally for anyone who needed comfortable, affordable housing. There were no other apartment complexes in town in the early days. I grew up on Oakwood Drive, right next to Glen Lennox, in the 1950's and 60's. We rode our bikes up and down all those hills, and of course walked through the streets to Glenwood School. In my era, Charly, I think the principal at Glenwood School was Mr. Battle, and Sarah West was a third grade teacher. The hill in front of the school was a big meadow where we would fly kites. Harris Teeter is there now.

How nice to see the note here from George Harris, who had such a pleasant pharmacy in Glen Lennox. I'm sure we drove him crazy reading all his comic books. The shopping center was a true community meeting-place. Mothers would leave their babies in carriages outside the Colonial Grocery Store while they shopped. Every December, I would look forward to the arrival of the guy who painted big Santa Claus decorations on the windows of the Dairy Bar and other stores. It took him several days, and we would watch in fascination.

I agree with Andy Norwood that Halloween in Glen Lennox was the best! Most Chapel Hill neighborhoods were dark and wooded, no sidewalks or streetlights, but Glen Lennox was safe, well-lit and by far the most efficient neighborhood in town for trick-or-treating. We all had home-made costumes (tramps, ghosts, witches and clowns were the easiest). In 1960, my friend Sarah K. and I turned Halloween into a political campaign opportunity with "Kennedy Girls" costumes in support of JFK. We made cardboard panels into sandwich boards decorated with campaign bumper stickers, and wore plastic boater hats her parents brought back from the summer Democratic convention.


 

George Harris      11:35 AM Thu 10/22/2009

We moved into Glen Lennox in 1957. We opened the Glen Lennox Pharmacy in 1958. I had a long and happy career there. The neighborhood was full of great friendly people. Mr. Muirhead was an exceptional man.
He turned down a lot of plans that would have been very profitable in order to keep Glen Lennox beautiful.
 

Melinda Ellison      2:54 PM Sat 5/2/2009

I loved living in Glen Lennox. Great location and wonderful mix of residents.
 

Sandy Barnes      9:43 AM Fri 5/1/2009

I can't believe your ads for the "old" Dairy Bar. That was one of my favorites stops while walking home after school at Glenwood Elementary. I think almost all the kids who lived in Glen Lennox either walked or rode their bikes to school in the 1950's and early 60s.
 

H Stetson      4:27 PM Thu 4/30/2009

I think Glen Lennox needs to be desiginated as a historic landmark. It captures the best attributes of the post-war planned community.
 

Diane Keith      3:16 PM Thu 4/30/2009

There were lots of professional offices over the stores in Glen Lennox. My dentist was located there the entire time I lived in Chapel Hill.
 

Andy Norwood.      1:28 PM Thu 4/30/2009

Thanks for the piece on Glen Lennox. I lived there with my family from 1954 to 1962, and have nothing but great memories of the place. The best thing about it as a young kid was Halloween. There were more than 400 apartments that you could easily walk to without crossing a busy street. I recall many people actually made cookies, flavored popcorn, and other candies for their treats.
 

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The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.

 

 

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