Mr. William Parker has lived in the area since childhood and is now the manager of transportation in Area 1. Parkers lane is named after the Parker family.
When I was a child, the street was named Snowden Lane. My cousin who is my father's brother, built up the area down there. They cleared out the trees and put a farm up there on Snowden Lane. He had the street renamed to Parker Lane. It used to run all the way down to Riverside Road. Then they brought it back to the curve where the appletree is and that's where it is today.
My parents got the area near Foster Intermediate, Mount Vernon Hospital and Mount Vernon Fire Department in the early 1900's. When I was about five to ten years old, Sherwood Hall Lane and Parker Lane used to be just a couple of farms in the little community of Gum Springs.
My favorite restaurant in the area is Dixie Pig mainly because you have a choice of foods. You don't have to eat just hamburgers or just steak. Normally, when I go out unless I really have something in mind, I go to Dixie Pig because you can chose what you get there.
Busing, of course, has changed in every respect since I've been here in the community. When I first started driving there were only 100 buses, now we have about 700. I remember my folks telling me about the street cars that ran from D.C. to Mount Vernon that a lot of people still don't know about. There're still a few columns in the creeks but most of that stuff is gone now.
I think that this is a good area to bring up a family. I might be prejudiced about it because I grew up here.
Where you have Beacon Mall and Hybla Valley, there were airports when I was younger. But now they are shopping centers. You still have part of Hybla Valley area back of the school where there is still part of the race track left. I guess now they're going to turn it in a park.
Route 1 has changed considerably too. My father was telling me when Route 1 used to be part of Fordson Road, Sherwood Hall Lane and Buckman Road. I've seen it go from a four lane to a six lane highway.
When I went to school at old Mount Vernon High, that was the only high school in the area. Hundreds of schools have been built in the last 20 years or so. So, just about everything you see in the whole area around here has been built up since then. The only elementary we had was old Groveton, which is now the Area 1 Office where I work.