Love Lane Day celebration set for Aug. 23
Last year the town of Waynesville designated Aug. 23 as Love Lane Day in recognition of the prominence and historic significance of this street. Love Lane is the oldest residential street in Waynesville and was founded by the Loves, who founded the town. Matthew and Rebecca Love built first home on the street in 1870, prior to Waynesville’s incorporation in 1871. Matthew was the grandson of Col. Robert Love. Matthew also provided lots for his children to build on his estate, with two married daughters and one son having done so.
Love Lane has since been the home of many prominent citizens who contributed to Waynesville’s growth and prominence during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among these are Capt. Matthew Love; Dr. Joshua Abel, co-founder of the Haywood County Hospital; Hugh Love; James Stringfield, Waynesville’s first chief of police; the Rev. Joseph Arnold; Richard N. Barber; Judge William Norwood; Claude Haynes, merchant and county official; E. J. Robeson; Dr. Nick Medford, who practiced dentistry until he was in his 90s; Will Hyatt; Clyde Ray Sr., mayor of Waynesville for 16 years and the town’s first undertaker; and Kimsey Howell; owner of a mill on Howell Mill Road and another where Giles Chemical is now located.
In recognition of this day, the residents of Love Lane and invited town officials will be holding their first-ever celebration to honor Col. Love, Waynesville’s founder, as well as the original owners of the old homes which still stand on the street. The residents feel deeply honored to be residents of Love Lane and the town of Waynesville and have diligently worked to preserve the integrity of the wonderful old home and the street.
“We are honored to be just the current caretakers of this great historic home,” said Deb Isenberg. “It will certainly outlive us and many who come after us. Isenberg and her husband, Shell, owns Oak Hill on Love Lane, a bed and breakfast
“Living in very old homes would not be for everyone,” said Ann Melton. “But for the residents of Love Lane it is truly a labor of love. These homes hold wonderful memories of great people and the stories that surround them are amazing.”