Echo Farms used to be a dairy farm owned by the McEachern family. They also had a number of rental properties. According to Joseph Sheppard of the New Hanover County Public Library North Carolina Room, during the second World War, which would include 1942, a boom of people moved to Wilmington to help with the war effort and many rented homes or rooms from the McEacherns’ many rental properties. It’s likely there were rental homes on the Echo Farms site.
For details, Sheppard recommends reading the daily newspapers from that year and look for rental notices posted by the McEacherns and checking the addresses. Local Wilmington newspapers are available for viewing and photocopying articles from microfilm housed in the North Carolina Room, New Hanover County Public Library at 201 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.
In the 1960s McEachern grandson J.D. McCarley III took over the farm and sold it to Echo Farms Development Corp. in 1972, which began to develop it as a residential golf community.
For more on Echo Farms history: http://www.myreporter.com/2009/12/what-is-the-history-of-echo-farms/
Date posted: February 2, 2017
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