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Chapel Hill's Whitehead Circle Neighborhood

by Charly Mann


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Matt Moody      8:38 AM Thu 7/8/2010

Charly,<br \><br \>Thanks for the page. This neighborhood is very near and dear to my heart. I grew up at 406 Whitehead Circle, the brick Cape Cod on the north side of the circle. My parents have been in the neighborhood since 1972 and are still there today. I knew your father, he was a very nice man. I remember he always used to give out apples at Halloween:) <br \><br \>What a wonderful place to grow up!<br \><br \>

Judy Gouger      11:26 AM Tue 6/8/2010

This house was not the Gottschalk&#39;s but Dr. and Mrs. Morrison&#39;s house. They raised two children. Lucy and her younger brother. I was the neighborhood baby sitter and lived on the cornor of Mason Farm Rd. and Whitehead Circle.I baby sat for most of the families from 1957 until 1965.The Klingbergs lived in what was to become the Mann house. Next door to them was Dr. George Pennicks.

Jamie      11:59 AM Sun 1/24/2010

Charly, would it be possible to get a copy of your photo? We are keen to know more about how the house was originally conceived and appeared and has changed. From what I can see the only real change seems to have been glassing-in what appears to have originally been an external balcony and half a century of tree growth. Remarkably little in the 50+ years since it was built

Charly Mann      3:15 PM Fri 10/30/2009

Yes I have at least one very early black and white photo of the house. From the outside it has changed very little. For the most part the houses on Whitehead Circle look just as hey did when I first saw them about 1961. There are only two really radical changed houses that I recall.

Jamie      1:34 PM Fri 10/30/2009

Would anyone out there have early photos of the Kai Jurgensen house? We&#39;re in the process of buying it and woudl be fascinated to know how it looked when first built

Charly Mann      1:10 PM Mon 10/5/2009

Mike - Thanks for the correction, and detailed information on other families on Whitehead Circle. I remember the Craigs, Kirkpatricks, Joyners, and Stanfords very well. <br \><br \>I have several more photos of your former house, some that are quite old.

Mike Jurgensen      12:29 PM Mon 10/5/2009

Charly,<br \>Our family lived on Whitehead Circle from about 1956-1967. It was the best neighborhood in the world to grow up in! There were so many kids in the neighborhood, and we all grew up together- playing kickball at the Kirkpatricks&#39;, sledding down the hill when the snow came, the dogwoods in the spring. Randy Stanford, Will Joyner, Jim Kirkpatrick, Peter Morrison, Sarah and Polly Craig, Tommy Daniels- plus friends who lived on other streets but hung out with us on Whitehead, like Jim Vernon, Jim and Ben Gibbs, Bob Shankle, and many more.<br \><br \>My dad, Kai Jurgensen, taught Theatre at UNC for about 25 years, as well as directing and acting in many shows at the Playmakers Theatre and the Outdoor Theatre. My mom, Mary Jo Jurgensen, was also deeply involved in the Playmakers. They divorced in the mid-sixties, and my dad later married Paquita Fine, who wrote for the Chapel Hill Weekly for many years.<br \><br \>In fact, the picture you label as 405 Whitehead Circle is actually number 410, where I grew up.<br \><br \>Thanks so much for putting this together- it brings back wonderful memories! And, by the way, I love the song- is that yours?

Bill Wells      9:49 AM Mon 10/5/2009

Whitehead Circle is a thoroughly delightful and charming neighborhood. When I was in graduate school at UNC, from 1967 to 69, I had the good fortune to rent a room there for $40 a month.

Donna Anderson      1:29 PM Sun 10/4/2009

Thanks for the mention of my favorite UNC professor Walter Spearman. I also highly recommend his book history of the history of the Playmaker&#39;s theater.

Rhonda Moore      10:42 AM Sun 10/4/2009

I love your pieces of Chapel Hill neighborhoods. Please do one on Laurel Hill Road someday.

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