The Village of WestClay History

Brenwick Development Company, Inc.

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For 35 years, Brenwick Development Company has been creating some of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the Indianapolis area. These include Ashbrooke, Prairie View, Austin Oaks, Claridge Farm, Claybridge, Eagle Springs, Springmill Streams, Thornhill and Waterstone. Now, with The Village of Westclay® , Brenwick brings its talents and experience to create a traditional neighborhood development. The Village of WestClay is truly a community fabric of people and places.

Brenwick takes pride in building innovative and exceptional communities that enhance the quality of life, the character of a community and the value of home investment. They are committed to providing the highest quality residential neighborhoods to meet the ever-changing needs and desires for a diverse population. Neighborhood planning is not just dividing up land, but building places for people to live, work and play. . The “Art of creating neighborhoods” requires leading-edge land planning, attention to detail and exceptional customer service.

Naming History

Upon spending time in The Village, it becomes apparent United States history has inspired the naming of our many parks, ponds and streets. The list was compiled by Tom Huston, one of the owners of Brenwick and one of the masterminds behind the concept of The Village. Not all street names will be covered. Those omitted are primarily place names, generic names, or names that were modified to satisfy Hamilton County regulations.

A Note on English Place Names
Many of the place names in The Village of WestClay are identical to or adaptations of names found in London and the English countryside. These include: Horseferry Road, Parson’s Gate, Bird Cage Walk, Queen’s Troop Close, Blythe Street, Finchley Road, Grafton Street, Friar’s Lane, Duke of York Street and Bishopsgate.

Abercorn Street
Abercorn, earls, marquises, and dukes of. Title in Scottish peerage borne by members of the Hamilton family.

Adams Green
John Adams. President of the United States (1797-1801). John Quincy Adams. President of the United States (1825-1829).

Alcott St.
Alcott St.

Alcott Street
Louisa May Alcott. Author of Little Women in two volumes (1868, 1869) and Little Men (1871).

Archdale Street
John Archdale. Appointed Governor of South Carolina by the Proprietors in 1695 after having served as Governor of North Carolina. A Quaker, he conveyed the land for the first Quaker meeting house in Charleston, which was constructed in 1681.

Beveridge Pond
Albert J. Beveridge. United States Senator from Indiana (1899-1911) and author of highly regarded biographies of John Marshall and Abraham Lincoln.

Birkenhead Street
Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead. English lawyer and statesman (1872-1930) and author of the Law of Property Act (1922).

Bonaventure Avenue
Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah is the final resting place of Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken and Edward Telfair and was the site for notable scenes in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Branford Street
William Branford. South Carolina planter who acquired a fine home on Meeting Street in Charleston by marrying “an agreeable young lady with a handsome fortune.”

Broughton Green
Thomas Broughton. First Royal Governor of South Carolina (1730-1737). Broughton Street is the main commercial street in historic Savannah.

Buckland St.
Buckland St.

Buckland Street
William Buckland. Professor of Geology at Oxford, in 1824 Buckland published the first description of a recognized dinosaur fossil, Notice on the Megalosaurus or Great Fossil Lizard of Stonesfield.

Bull Court
William Bull. Lieutenant Governor and acting Governor of South Carolina (1737-1743). His son, William Bull II, was acting governor of the Colony five times during the period 1760-1765 and the first native South Carolinian to receive a medical degree. Bull Street is the spine of historic Savannah running from the river south to Forsythe Park.

Burke Street
Edmund Burke. British statesman who famously opposed the revolution in France in his Reflections on the French Revolution (1790) and supported the revolution in America in his Conciliation with America (1775).

Calhoun Square
John C. Calhoun. Secretary of War under James Monroe, Vice President of the United States under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, United States Senator from South Carolina, and Secretary of State under John Tyler. Senators Calhoun, Webster and Clay constituted the “Great Triumvirate” of pre-Civil War political leadership.

Cecil Street
Robert Arthur Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Salisbury. Longest-serving Prime Minister of Great Britain (1885-1886, 1886-1892, 1895-1902). A cautious imperialist, he annexed Burma, secured the open door in China, reconquered the Sudan (avenging the death of Gordon of Khartoum) and waged the Boer War.

Chartwell Street
Chartwell. The home of Winston Churchill in Westerham, Kent, England.

Churchill Pond
Winston Churchill. Prime Minister of Great Britain during WWII, he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.

Chelmsford Street and Circle
Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford. English lawyer and Lord Chancellor (1858-1859, 1866-1868).

Chew Street
John Chew. Sailed to Virginia on the “Charitie” in 1622, took up residence on Hogg Island opposite Jamestown and in 1624 was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses where he served until 1639. His son, Samuel, was a physician who served as Chief Justice of colonial Delaware, and his grandson, Benjamin, was Chief Justice of Pennsylvania (1775-1777). His lineal descendants are residents of The Village.

Clark Woods
George Rogers Clark. He led the expedition of Virginia volunteers who forced the British to surrender Vincennes and Kaskaskia in 1778 thereby establishing a defense line that protected the Colonies from invasion from the west.

Clay Circle
Henry Clay. United States Senator from Kentucky and three-time candidate for the presidency (1824, 1832, 1844).

Colfax Circle
Schuyler Colfax. A Representative in Congress from South Bend, he served as Speaker of the House during the Lincoln and Johnson Administrations (1863-1869) and as Vice President of the United States during the first Grant administration (1869-1873).

Currier Street
Nathaniel Currier. With his partner, J. Merritt Ives, he published lithograph prints depicting scenes, events and persons important in American life under the trade name of Currier & Ives.

Dumbarton Street
Dumbarton Oaks, an estate in Georgetown, District of Columbia. Once the home of John C. Calhoun, it was the site in 1944 of the Dumbarton Oaks Conference which led to the founding of the United Nations.

Fairbanks Park
Charles W. Fairbanks. United States Senator from Indiana (1897-1904), Vice President of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt (1905-1909) and unsuccessful candidate for Vice President on the ticket with Charles Evans Hughes in 1916.

Filson Street
John Filson. Kentucky’s first historian and one of the founders of Cincinnati. Author of The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucky (1784), his map was the first to focus solely on Kentucky.

Forsyth St.
Forsyth St.

Forsyth Street
John Forsyth. Governor of Georgia, United States Senator, and Secretary of State during the administrations of Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. Forsythe Park in Savannah is named in his honor.

Frogmore Street and Green
Frogmore, a village on St. Helena’s Island, South Carolina, famous for its Frogmore Stew.

Glebe Street
Glebe lands were set apart for the support of the established church. Seventeen acres in Charleston west of King Street and north of Broad were conveyed by Affra Harleston Coming to the parish of St. Philip as a glebe.

Goldwater Park.
United States Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States in 1964 and author of The Conscience of a Conservative.

Grenville Street
George Grenville. British prime minister (1763-1765) and author of the Stamp Act.

Gwinnett St.
Gwinnett St.

Gwinnett Street
Button Gwinnett. Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence whose signature is the rarest among the Signers as a consequence of his death in 1777.

Halifax Street and Park
Edward Lindley Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax. British foreign secretary (1938-1940) and ambassador to the United States (1941-1946).

Halsey Green
Admiral William F. (“Bull”) Halsey. As a commander of the naval forces in the Southwest Pacific, he defeated the Japanese in a 3-day battle off the Solomon Islands in 1942 that turned the tide in the war against Japan.

Harleston Street and Pond
John Harleston. A Charleston real estate developer, in 1770 he platted Harleston Village, Charleston’s second suburb.

Harrison Park
William Henry Harrison. President of the United States (1841). Benjamin Harrison. President of the United States (1889-1893).

Hendricks Pond
Thomas Hendricks. United States Senator from Indiana (1862-1866), Governor of Indiana (1873-1877) and Vice President of the United States during the first Cleveland administration, dying during his first year in office (1885).

Herman B. Wells Park
Herman B. Wells. Greatly beloved President of Indiana University (1937-1962).

Jackson Circle
Andrew Jackson. President of the United States (1829-1837).

Jefferson Circle
Thomas Jefferson. President of the United States (1801-1809).

Jennings Green
Jonathan Jennings. First Governor of Indiana (1816-1822).

Kern Park
John W. Kern. United States Senator from Indiana (1911-1917), unsuccessful candidate for Vice President in 1908 and Senate majority leader during the administration of Woodrow Wilson.

Lafayette Park
Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Resigning his commission in the French army to join the struggle for American independence, he was commissioned a Major General in the Continental Army by Congress in 1777, became a close associate of Washington and participated in the final campaigns of the war in Virginia. He returned to the United States in 1824 for a grand triumphant tour in which he was welcomed and toasted in elaborate ceremonies in cities and towns from Boston to Savannah.

Limehouse Street and Pond
Thomas Limehouse. A Charleston real estate developer, who subdivided the family lands, modestly named the street “Limehouse” and constructed a modest brick single house at No. 7 Limehouse Street in 1830.

MacArthur Field
General Douglas MacArthur. He commanded the Rainbow Division in France during WWI, served as Army Chief of Staff under Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt, was allied supreme commander in the Southwest Pacific during WWII, ruled Japan as the head of the occupation forces during the postwar period and led the allied forces in Korea until relieved by President Truman in 1951.

Manigault St.
Manigault St.

Manigault Street
Gabriel Manigault. The “gentleman architect” of Charleston, he designed the South Carolina Society Hall, the Joseph Manigault House, the Orphan House Chapel and the Bank of the United States, now the Charleston City Hall.

Marshall Pond
Thomas Marshall. Indiana Governor (1909-1913) and Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921). He is the fellow who wisely noted that what this country needs is a good 5 cent cigar.

McNutt Pond
Paul McNutt. As Indiana Governor (1933-1937), he established the “2% Club” pursuant to which every state employee was expected to “donate” 2% of his salary to the Democratic State Committee.

Meeting House Road
Local public business in the New England colonies was conducted at an annual meeting where town officials were elected and major decisions made. In this region, the principal public building was the Meeting House, while to the south and west it was generally the town hall or county courthouse. Certain religious denominations, principally the Quakers and the Presbyterians, referred to their places of worship as Meeting Houses rather than churches. Invariably occupying a place of prominence, a principal road led to the Meeting House.

Mercer Street
John Francis Mercer. Delegate from Virginia to the Continental Congress (1782-1785), member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland (1792-1794) and Governor of Maryland (1801-1803). A later John Mercer wrote songs.

Montcalm Street
Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm. Commander of French forces in North America during the French and Indian War, following a series of impressive victories against British forces, he was defeated and mortally wounded at the Battle of Quebec (September 13, 1759).

Moultrie Street
William Moultrie. He and a band of patriots repulsed the British fleet in Charleston Harbor in 1776. In 1780, Charleston fell to the British, Moultrie was captured, and he remained a prisoner of war for two years.

Mowbray Street
William de Mowbray. Leader of the rising against King John and one of the signers of Magna Charta (1215).

Nimitz Park
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Commander-in-chief of naval forces in the Pacific during WWII, he accepted the surrender of the Japanese in 1945 aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo harbor.

Pershing Green
General John J. Pershing. He suppressed the Moro uprising in the Philippines in 1913, led the expedition into Mexico against Francisco Villa in 1916 and was commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during WWI.

Petigru Street
James Louis Petigru. Unionist former Attorney General of South Carolina, he opposed secession, refused to lend aid and comfort to the cause of the Confederacy and continued to reside in Charleston as one of its most respected citizens until his death in 1863.

Quayle Pond
Dan Quayle. United States Senator from Indiana (1981-1989) and Vice President of the United States under George H. W. Bush (1989-1993).

Rhettsbury and Rhett Streets
Colonel William Rhett. He commanded a flotilla that repulsed a Franco-Spanish attack on Charleston, South Carolina, in 1706, and later captured the infamous Major Stede Bonnet, the so-called “gentleman pirate,” who was marauding colonial commerce.

Ronald Reagan Green
Ronald Reagan. President of the United States (1981-1989).

Roosevelt Green
Theodore Roosevelt. President of the United States (1901-1909). Franklin D. Roosevelt. President of the United States (1933-1945).

Rosebery Green
Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery. Prime Minister of Great Britain (1894-95).

Schricker Pond
Henry S. Schricker. The only Governor of Indiana elected to non-consecutive terms (1941-1945; 1949-1953) under the 1851 Constitution.

Shaftesbury Road
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury. One of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, in 1669 he issued the Fundamental Constitutions drafted with the assistance of his secretary, John Locke, which established the framework for colonial government. His name was memorialized in Charleston by the naming of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.

Stanhope Street
Charles, 3rd Earl Stanhope. As a member of the House of Lords, he called for termination of the war against the American colonies, advocated parliamentary reform and broke with the ministry of William Pitt the Younger to support the French Revolution. He replied (not very convincingly) to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution.

Taft Circle
William Howard Taft. President of the United States (1909-1913).

Taggart Pond
Tom Taggart. United States Senator from Indiana (1916) and proprietor of the French Lick Springs Hotel, the premier watering hole for politicians prior to Prohibition.

Telfair Street
Edward Telfair. Member of the Continental Congress from Georgia and signer of the Articles of Confederation; his son, Andrew, engaged the architect William Jay to design a Regency-style residence on Savannah’s St. James Square which was completed in 1819 and stands today as the centerpiece of the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tradd Street
Charleston’s best kept secret.

Treaty Line Street
As Governor of the Indiana Territory and Commissioner of Indian Affairs, William Henry Harrison negotiated with the Indiana tribes for the purchase by the United States of tribal lands. The boundary between the land acquired by treaty and the land remaining in the possession of the tribes was fixed by survey and was often known as the “Treaty Line.”

Trowbridge High Street
Edmund Trowbridge. Presiding judge in the Boston Massacre trial (1771).

Truman Green
Harry S. Truman. President of the United States (1945-1953).

Vanderhorst St.
Vanderhorst St.

Vanderhorst Street
Arnoldus Vanderhorst. An officer in the Revolutionary War who served under the “Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion, he was elected Mayor of Charleston for two terms and served as Governor of South Carolina (1794-1796).

Watson Park
James E. Watson. United States Senator from Indiana (1916-1933) and Senate majority leader during the Hoover administration.

Webster Park
Daniel Webster. United States Senator from Massachusetts, Secretary of State under Harrison, Tyler and Fillmore, and America’s greatest orator and articulator of the Constitution.

Wilson Pond
Woodrow Wilson. President of the United States (1913-1921).

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