3413 HOPE VALLEY ROAD

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3413 HOPE VALLEY ROAD

3413
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1920
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Neighborhood: 
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This building was part of a dairy farm owned by the Gibbs family during the first half of the 20th Century. 

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  • Tue, 10/01/2013 - 7:46am by Karen

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3413
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1920
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

 

This home is part of an apartment complex (of buildings) that sit behind the wall at Hope Valley and MLK (including 3407/3409/3413/3415/3417 Hope Valley Rd). 

In the first part of the century, this land was home to the Gibbs family, who ran Hope Valley Dairy(or possibly Archdale Dairy?)  on the property. You can see the 3 room log cabin in the main photo along the left-hand side. Also featured are the original milkhouse and barn. 

The Gibbs Family. Parents Staley A. Gibbs and Naomi H. Riggs Gibbs pose with their children Leona, Esphin, Margie & Madgie (twins), Raymond, and Leonard, in the sunlight at the side of their log cabin house. (Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection)

 

Gibbs at Hope Valley Dairy ca. 1920 (Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection)

It's a little hard to tell from the angle of this photo and all of that shrubbery and the porch addition, but the roof line of this barn looks suspiciously like the roofline of the back section of 3413 Hope Valley Rd below. 

This below picture I am going out on a limb with. It is marked Archdale Dairy, but it is Gibbs in the photo(R), and it is from the same archive collection as the others photos, and Archdale Road starts right there. Perhaps it changed names, or was mislabeled, or there's a chance this photo is of a different farm altogether. Regardless, its a great photo. (Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection)

After the dairy closed, Gibbs turned the properties into rental homes that he called Gibbsville Apartments. According to CD's, there were 18 apartments and a grocery store called Gibbsville Grocery on the property throughout the 1950s and 60s. The properties still serve as rentals as far as I can tell. There are lines of mailboxes upon entering the grounds. 

It's so easy to drive along Hope Valley and forget how historic this stretch of Durham was. There are numerous houses along Hope Valley that date back 100 years, and two graveyards, right along the road that people pass daily. If you take that route, keep an eye out. 

 

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