Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year, Woodstock

I started a new hobby shortly after moving into the neighborhood in 2011. My house is 5 years older than I am; so I wanted to find out more about the people who lived here before me. I spent some time at the Municipal Center deeds library and at the Central Library on Virginia Beach Blvd., all in an attempt to discover who built the house, when, and what the neighborhood was like at that time. I got so involved with the project that I couldn't stop at 1964 -- I ended up tracking the deed history of my little plot of land back to the 1850's, when it was part of Level Green Plantation.

Land Survey of Woodstock, 1877

Once I reached the end of the deed line for my little piece of real estate, I decided to branch out and research the rest of the neighborhood. I built a sort of "family tree" that documented the growth of Woodstock from woodland to farmland to neighborhood; and I am now at a point in my research where I need your help!

I created this blog for two reasons: (1) to publish my research and share it with anyone else who might be interested, and (2) to make contact with neighbors who have been here for awhile and ask for old pictures! If you are reading this blog right now, and you either have old pictures or know someone who does, please e-mail me at garockey@gmail.com. I am looking specifically for pictures of things that aren't here anymore: old houses, farmland ... photos that illustrate where the neighborhood came from. If you have them, you probably haven't looked at them in years; and there is at least one neighbor (and probably more than one) who would love to see them.

The hobby continues, so I hope to add more posts about the history of Woodstock over the coming months and years. Check back periodically if you are interested in this sort of thing.


Happy New Year,

Garrett Rockey