Hugh Bailey Memorial Trail in Five Oaks

Hugh Bailey Memorial Trail in Five Oaks

Hugh & Kay Bailey were long time residents of the Five Oaks Community.  Hugh passed away in early 2014, and this devoted couple would have celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on June 27, 2014.  Hugh Bailey will always be remembered as a most delightful gentlemen.  Hugh could often be seen taking walks through the woods and the neighborhood, , stopping to visit neighbors with a flower or two in hand.  He was a daily visitor to the Pool – and an avid swimmer, and he never missed a Saturday Lunch Bunch ~~~ quite often found in the restaurant’s kitchen speaking with the Chef, and on one occasion in the restaurant next door talking to the staff.  He never missed a Five Oaks event, including the gathering of the Triple S Club (sit, seal n’stamp) – a volunteer club to help with the many mailings out of the Clubhouse Office.

What better way to honor a terrific guy, but to create The Hugh Bailey Memorial Trail.  With the generosity of his many friends and neighbors, this is a trail behind the Clubhouse, with lovely resting rustic bench midway, tucked in the woods to the right of our Tennis Courts, and connects with the Glenview Community (on Farrington Rd) for easy access for our Glenview Social members to the Five Oaks facilities.

You will always be remembered dear friend and neighbor~~ and certainly missed by all.

Mark Morrison Donates Drone Photography!

Mark Morrison Donates Drone Photography!

Mark Morrison, grandson of longtime resident and our (Mark Morrison Donates Drone Photography!), Ellen Gilmartin, volunteered his expertise yesterday to get us some amazing drone shots of our Five Oaks property! See the photos below. Thank you so much, Mark!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Oaks History

Five Oaks History

Did you know that that the Five Oaks Dam runs off into New Hope Creek- and New Hope Creek runs from Orange County into Jordan Lake? Did you know that Clark Lake, on the west side of the current Pope Road, across Route 40, is in its original position and is the main source of Five Oaks Lake water? ~~~~~~ interesting, eh? It is believed the Lake is a ten (10) acre lake and if you should take a walk around the entire lake, we have had several guesses that you would have walked a quarter of a mile. If anyone has walked around and know the exact amount, please share that information with us. The Clubhouse was right in the path of the final link of I40, so the Five Oaks Association had
it moved about a quarter of a mile east. It was a huge undertaking. The two story structure was jacked off its foundation onto big beams, then trucks were hitched under the building. In our Photo Section (link below), in the *Five Oaks Tour* Album, you can view the Clubhouse being pulled by two trucks. It called for careful driving inasmuch as they had to match speeds to keep the building stable. In speaking with a Five Oaks Oldtimer, I was told one of the trucks had a few problem in doing so – engines burning out. They started to move the Clubhouse on a Monday and arrived at its present location four days later, on Thursday, January 5, 1984. That was thirty (30) years
ago this year. Kudos to Brewington House Movers of Dunn, NC – for a job well done! There is a great old photo of the Clubhouse in the process of being moved in the NextDoor Photo Section under *Past Events* and *All About our Clubhouse*. https://fiveoaks.nextdoor.com/events/

Did you know that the Title to the Five Oaks property was granted and transferred to a developer known as Devonshire in 1975? It is my understanding that Devonshire was in business until 1978? Devonshire built 4100, Butternut Road (the roads and curbs) and some of the current housing, and Pine Cone Drive to Farrington on the west, and to that point which is now the beginning of Pin Oak Drive on the west. It is believed that seven (7) houses on the north side of Butternut Road and five (5) houses on the south side were built before Devonshire declared bankruptcy. The entire south side of Pine Cone Drive was swampy, entirely uncleared of original vegetation, and with a small pond existing somewhere near the current dam area. Although this is debatable, some of the Old Timers mentioned that Five Oaks was once a *gated* community? How about it? Can you contribute a *Did you know*?

Spring Cleanup at Five Oaks

Spring Cleanup at Five Oaks

We have a large dumpster on-site at the clubhouse for members to use for discarding household refuse this week and through the weekend (or until it is full). It is exclusively for use by Five Oaks members only.

Please do not discard the following items into this dumpster: yard waste, construction debris, chemicals, cleaning products, television, electronics or flammables.

If it’s not trash, don’t toss it! Donate it!