3407 Hope Valley Road

35.957535, -78.934069

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(Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection)

Just after the turn of the century, this 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 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)


(Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection)

This 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. Regardless, its a great photo. 

In 1936, Gibbs built this home below. 

The current owners have given it some love as of late. 

This home is part of a compound (of sorts) of buildings that sit behind the wall at Hope Valley and MLK (including 3407/09/13/15/17). 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. 

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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