Names & Historical Significances
On our journey to find the perfect setting to build our community, we ended our quest once we found the most serene area in Lake Charles. Following great southern traditions, our search came upon an area that was once known as Walnut Grove. This picturesque area was named after the black walnut trees that grew in groves around the property and was well known for being one of the most popular places for social gatherings in the last century.
Our objective is to recreate that original spirit of community as we have begun to develop this property. We gave great consideration to the naming of our streets and parks to honor the people and places that impacted our area in meaningful ways. We strive to stay true to the values of the people that treasured this area so long ago.
The following excerpt came from the local newspaper, the American Press describing the area.
“Going walking on Sunday afternoon was quite the thing. Crowds would meet at some given point and walk to Walnut Grove.
These were important social gatherings that everyone attended. Parties going out picture-taking went along the lake front, walking a mile or two to get to Walnut Grove, taking pictures along the way.
Young men of courting age would take their girls on buggy rides because the long, slow ride around the lake gave ample time for conversation.
The path leading to Walnut Grove went along the lake front. No road could have been more beautiful than this winding, shimmering white road with a wall of Cherokee roses giving their spicy fragrance to the air on one side and the shining waters of the lake on the other. By day it was radiant in sun and shadow and on moonlight nights … it was breathtaking in its beauty. The dark, silent water, overshadowed with cypress trees from which Spanish moss hung in graceful plumes, and the white shell beach combined to make it the most romantic spot.
It was a magnificent grove of black walnut trees. The banks were high, the shade
dense and cool, and huge grapevines that lent themselves to making swings added to the children’s enjoyment of the place.
The origin of the black walnut trees is unknown. Some believe that they were planted by a man who owned a nearby mill; others believe they grew wild; although there aren’t many other walnut trees around the community. It was easily accessed by land or sea and offered its peaceful banks to fishermen who liked the spot and to young and old who enjoyed sitting by the river’s brim in a solitary contemplation of nature’s beauties.
Soon Walnut Grove gave way to the march of progress and the docks now give life and action to Lake Charles where once quietness, shade, verdure and the beauties of nature once held sway.”
—LC American Press