Carver Place.

Wilson County Register of Deeds’ office has digitized relatively few of its real estate records. Nonetheless, its limited database is yielding up treasure after treasure.

This plat map for Carver Place, bristling with more than 200 tiny 25-foot-wide lots, was registered in 1948. The subdivision never came together. Nonetheless, this landscape is easily recognizable today, which I’m beginning to recognize as a reflection of the underdevelopment of East Wilson, stagnant for decades.

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  1. “Colored Cemetery Road” — Lane Street.
  2. Dempsey Lassiter (col.) — This lot is now home to Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ.
  3. Masonic Cemetery — In 1900, Cain and Margaret Artis sold this lot to Mount Hebron No. 42, Prince Hall Masons.
  4. R.T. Smith tract — Now home to Hamilton Burial Gardens.
  5. This edge of Rest Haven Cemetery was part of the Jesse Barnes land (which Barnes’ wife Sarah Barnes Barnes inherited from her mother Margaret Artis.)
  6. Ward Boulevard runs coterminously with U.S. Highway 301.
  7. Finch Street is not open between Ward Boulevard and Tuskegee Street. Southeast of Tuskegee, it is the central artery of a mobile home park — laid out on those 25-foot lots — and bends slightly before terminating in a dead end.
  8. This street was named Freeman, not Woodard. It starts at Tuskegee and runs southeast past the dead end of Tacoma Street, then makes two sharp turns through a trailer park.
  9. Today, site of a Walgreens Pharmacy.

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Plat book 6, page 6, Register of Deeds Office, Wilson; aerial view courtesy of Bing.com.

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