I couldn’t find anyone who remembers a tree house on Airlie Road. I believe the reader might be referring to rumors of musicians playing in stands in the trees at Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington [Map this].
And that, really, is only a half truth. According Susan Taylor Block, a local historian who wrote “Airlie: The Garden of Wilmington,” musicians did play in the oak trees owned by the Jones family. But it was at their property now called Landfall and not Airlie Gardens, which they also owned.
Just imagine, huge rambling oaks with long limbs, some touching the ground, some extending straight out toward areas of sunlight. Then, imagine wooden stands built into these trees with musicians, probably wearing tuxedos, perched up there playing all the latest ragtime tunes for partygoers in 1920s and 1930s garb.
It must’ve been a sight.
Date posted: January 4, 2011
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