'Love Lane Day' declared

By Mary Ann Enloe | Aug 21, 2013

Historic Love Lane will have its own day in Waynesville on Aug. 23. Last week, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen

This major residential street — and its namesake — were recognized at Waynesville's regular governing board meeting Tuesday night when the board proclaimed Aug. 23 as "Love Lane Day."

The Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission requested that the street be recognized for its prominence and historical value to the town. The proclamation also paid tribute to Col. Robert Love, Waynesville's founder, for whom the street was named. Several Love Lane residents attended the meeting.

Historian and educator Ann Melton lives on Love Lane and has written a book about the street and the Love family. Her research revealed that Colonel Robert Love's birthday was Aug. 23, although Internet sources list it as May 11.

Love donated land in 1809 to newly-chartered Haywood County for the construction of a courthouse, jail and town square in Mt. Prospect, which was quickly renamed Waynesville in honor of Love's commanding officer in the Revolutionary War, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.

The resolution presented to the board noted Love Lane has been the home of many prominent citizens who contributed to Waynesville's growth, such as Dr. J.F. Abel, James Stringfield, R. N. Barber, F. A. Burgin, E. J. Robeson, Dr. N. M. Medford, W. A. Hyatt, Clyde H. Ray, Sr. and others.

The board adopted the resolution declaring Aug. 23 as "Love Lane Day" and encouraged Waynesville's citizens to duly recognize Love Lane's historic significance and celebrate appropriately.

The board instructed Town Manager Marcy Onieal to see that appropriate signage is placed at each end of the historic street.