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Join us in Gimghoul ~ Battle Park
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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2014 Holiday House Tour Details
Explore Gimghoul and Battle Park on this year's Holiday House Tour. The tour takes place Saturday, December 6th, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Battle Park is a 93-acre tract of forest nestled between the Gimghoul and Chapel Hill National Register Historic Districts. The neighborhoods were built to compliment the forest park, employing concepts of the City Beautiful Movement including neoclassical architecture, orderly planned neighborhoods, and respect to the natural features of the landscape. The park is named for Kemp Plummer Battle, a prominent University figure, lawyer, and historian. The centerpiece of the park is Forest Theatre, a stone amphitheater built into the hillside at the direction of botany professor William Coker. Frederick Koch, founder of Playmakers, later made the theater a more permanent site, and in the 1940s, the theater was rebuilt with funds from the Works Progress Administration. In 2004, the NC Botanical Garden assumed responsibility for the park. The park now includes nearly three miles of trails and the theater is still home to a number of outdoor performances each year.
Another landmark of Battle Park is the Gimghoul Castle. The castle serves as the lodge for members of The Order of the Gimghoul, a secret society of the University. To fund its construction, the Order purchased and developed the land that is now the Gimghoul neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s. The Gimghoul Neighborhood is one of the first planned subdivisions in Chapel Hill, when growth of the University in the early 20th century brought with it more faculty families and the need for more housing adjacent to the University. The Gimghoul neighborhood was designated as a National Historic District in 1993.