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What was South College Road called before UNCW arrived there?

Ben Steelman
StarNews

Q. Prior to Wilmington College or UNCW moving to the current campus, what was the name of the street that is now known as South College Road?

Beverly Tetterton, history librarian with the New Hanover County Public Library, says the road is contemporaneous with the move of Wilmington College to its present location. Apparently, the stretch was originally known only as Highway 132.

In the minutss of the Wilmington College Board of Trustees for May 8, 1958,the Trustees approved a petition to the New Hanover County Commissioners to rename Hwy. 132 from U.S. 17 to Oleander Drive as “College Road.” (Thanks for Tyrone M. Rowell for spotting the item in the University Archives.)

According to Dana Fischetti, ground was broken for the three original buildings – Alderman, Hinton James and  Hoggard Hall – is 1960, and they were formally occupied in 1961. There wasn’t much out there before then.

Wilmington College became UNCW in 1969 when by act of the General Assembly, it became the fifth campus of the UNC system.

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3 Responses to “ What was South College Road called before UNCW arrived there?”

  1. On May 7, 2012 at 9:53 am cliff stoutz wrote:

    before college rd it was hwy 132 it ran from monkey junction to the present hwy 132.
    prior to that ot was 35 st
    which ran from shipyard blvd to cedar st.

  2. On May 10, 2012 at 10:36 am Surveyor wrote:

    College Road was at one time named Third Street according to a map of Winter Park. This is the from about Oleander (once named Strawberry) to about Maple(still bears this name). I am not sure about the area around UNCW but the map also lists Pine Grove as Masonboro.
    A lot of the street names have changed but most have remained.
    Hope this answers your question.

  3. On December 24, 2013 at 7:52 am betsy wrote:

    The street before Hwy 132 was called 45th street or 46th street Not sure…



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