Ivy Farm Area
(bounded between 22nd and 25th Streets
and Parrish and Oak Avenues)

Newport News, VA 23607

I read about the different neighborhoods that different ones of you lived in. I guess you would say that the group that lived close to 24th Street and Parrish Avenue was a lot of fun too. Here are the names that I remember: Elaine Wilkinson ('61), David Wilkinson, A.D. Strickland ('62), Faith Strickland ('64), Linda Baker, Brenda Baker, Brenda Mays, Frank Ivey ('59), Dennis Ivey ('65), Butch Bolden ('62), Ricky Phelps, Eric Aucoin ('62), and me, Glenn Dye ('60). There were some more, but I just went blank on names

- Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/11/06
Thanks, Glenn!



I grew up in the same general area that Glenn Dye ('60 - of TX) did.  The only name for that neighborhood that I ever heard mention was the "Ivy Farm" or "Ivey Farm" area.  I would consider that area to be bounded between 22nd and 25th Streets, and Parrish and Oak Avenues.  It was my understanding as a kid that that area had been the Ivy Farm, and the original Ivy farm house was the brick house (or maybe at the same location as that house)  located directly across from the Buckingham's (my next-door neighbors)  at the corner of Parrish Avenue and 22nd Street.  Adjacent to the that brick house (I don't remember the name of the people that lived there when I was a kid) was a jetty that jutted into Salter's Creek.  I spent my youth playing and exploring on and around that jetty.  I used to find skulls of cows  or pigs  all the time, which I assumed were the remains of the old farm animals.

At one time there was a wooden footbridge that connected 22nd Street with either Ash, Beechwood, or Mulberry Avenues (probably Mulberry) on the other side of the creek.  In the early or mid-fifty's it feel into disrepair and was torn down.

- Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 06/13/06
Thanks, Doug!


Just for the record, you can tell Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66 - of VA) that Donny Bradley ('59) lived on 22nd Street rather than 24th.  The Bradley's were my next-door neighbors until after I graduated from NNHS.  I lived at 1353-22nd Street, the last house facing 22nd Street before the corner of 22nd and Parrish Avenue, where the Buckinghams (Kenny, '66, Tommy, '64) lived.  The Bradley children were Jimmy, Chris ('58), Donny ('59), and Anita (spelling?) .  They all graduated from NNHS except for 'Nita.  I worked in the Bradley's  hardware store (Barnes Hardware on Jefferson Avenue) the summer after my freshman year at VA Tech.  Donny ran it after his father died.

- Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 06/26/06
Thanks, Doug!


I was reading about Steve Hochman ('60) and his list of ones that lived in the Stuart Gardens area. We had a pretty good list there at Parrish Avenue and 24th Street - Butch Bolden ('62), Dennis Bolden, and Harriet Bolden ('66); Frank ('59) and Dennis ('65) Ivey; Brenda Mays; Ricky Phelps; Eric Aucoin ('62); A.D. Strickland ('62) and Faith Strickland ('64); Linda Baker and Brenda Baker; Elaine Wilkinson ('61) and Tommy Wilkinson ('58), Johnny Stoops, and I lived at the dead end of 24th.

- Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/13/09
Thanks, Glenn!

... Steve ('61) and Mary Gillis lived across the street from me on 24th Street off Parrish Avenue.

- Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/30/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Hi Carol -

Please add my name to the roll call of folks that lived in that area. I lived on 24th Street where it dead-ended at Salters Creek. Had a good time playing around (and frequently stumbling into) the creek. I lived and played there during WWII. Jane Penn Clark ('57) was the only neighbor that I (fondly) recall. I started elementary school at THE OLD Magruder School. It was an old brick, Gothic-looking edifice even back then. Can't say exactly where it was located but I think that I recall walking to and from, not riding.

Anyhow, I have always longed to be one of 'the popular kids', so count this as yet another lame attempt. <sigh> and <ha>.

John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/01/09
GIGGLES! Thanks, John! The old Magruder School was in the 1100 block of 22nd Street.



Our House

- Graham Nash

 I'll light the fire
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 That you bought today

 Staring at the fire
 For hours and hours
 While I listen to you
 Play your love songs
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 Come to me now
 And rest your head for just five minutes
 Everything is good
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 Our house is a very, very fine house
 With two cats in the yard
 Life used to be so hard
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 I'll light the fire
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 That you bought today

(This page was created on 06/14/06.)

"Our House" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/middiz/
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Our House" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/crosby-stills-nash/25078.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/03
again, Dave!

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