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Richard J. Reynolds Jr. house under construction at 2852 Merry Acres Lane.

Richard J. Reynolds Jr. house under construction at 2852 Merry Acres Lane.

Richard J. Reynolds Jr. house under construction at 2852 Merry Acres Lane. The house was built in 1940.

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  1. We used to play around this house when it was abandoned in the 1960’s. It had a Rolls Royce converitble in the garage covered with dust. I grew up in Winston-Salem and moved to a house in 1960 on Kenwick Drive in Shoreland, a subdivision parceled out of the original estate. Quite a striking house. Amazing architecture.

  2. I remember walking home from Whitaker School as a child while Blitz Reynolds still lived there. There were cattle, even Bulls, and I would cut through the property as a shortcut, always “caught” by one of the hired hands. My Aunt would always tell the story of having tea with Blitz one morning when there was a terrible crash and a huge din as young Zack (her son) drove his motorcycle through a plate glass door.

  3. I can remember spending the night in this house many times in the mid-70s when WFU owned it and the Lucas family lived in it. I recall that the many bedrooms were numbered and there was a kitchen on two of the floors. Bowling Alley in the basement.

  4. This house resembled a ship. If you Google “ship house” it will come up.
    The wall paper in the dining room had real butterflies made into it…
    One of the ground keepers told us kids that 1 section of wallpaper from cieling to floor 3 ft wide cost $400.

  5. I went to high school with Nanette Lucas. We had dances, sleepovers. My heart when they tore it down.

  6. My Dad & Will Reynolds were childhood friends & roomed together at UNC. He remembers going over to Wills to play & attend a few birthday parties there. Much later he built a house on Glen Echo Tr. overlooking The Ship House. Of course we would sneak in on occasion.

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