Saturday, January 31, 2009
The Annesdale Park Neighborhood Association won best booth at Neighborfest 2008 in October.
Association President Cathy Winterburn accepted the award from Mayor Willie Herenton and slapped a sticker on his shirt to promote the neighborhood.
The association sold slices of watermelon at the festival with the Annesdale Park brand stickers.
Snow blanketed the Annesdale Park National Historic District in January 2009, making homes look like photographs from holiday cards.
Annesdale Park, the "first subdivision of the South," was founded in 1903. Its developers celebrated the planned community with a huge watermelon party. Look closely at the neigbhoord logo in the sign and you will see the image of a watermelon.
Some of its early residents include a state governor, state supreme court justice and the city's first rabbi.
Today, Annesdale Park is a neighborhood of diverse people located within the Memphis Medical Center boundaries. One of the city's best kept secrets, the neighborhood offers grand homes at affordable prices and a wide array of homes for rent. It is immediately west of Central Gardens between Cleveland and Bellevue Avenues.