origins of the neighborhood can be traced back to 1850. Dr. Samuel
Mansfield built an Italianate mansion on the outskirts of Memphis
knoll above the stage route to Mississippi. In 1869 Colonel Robert
Brinkley bought the home as a wedding gift to his daughter, Annie
Overton Brinkley, and her new husband, Colonel Robert Bogardus
Snowden. The two hundred acre estate was Annesdale in her honor.
sons, John and Robert, along with their father, built in 1903
what is recognized as "the first subdivision in the South, "Annesdale
Park". After this successful venture, the Snowden brothers developed
the Snowden Homestead Subdivision in 1910. These exclusive lots
were sold for top prices and featured all of the modern conveniences
of the era. The streets were named after their children.
early residents kept the neighborhood fashionable through the
teens, twenties and thirties. Kemmons Wilson, Mignon Dunn, and
C. Jones are famous names that called Annesdale Snowden home.
The depressionand WW II took their toll. The neighborhood began
it's decline. Zoning changes to multi-family further deteriorated
the area through the 1950's and 1960's.
in 1975, the Annesdale - Snowden Association was formed with the
goals of halting commercial encroachment and of improving the
general appearance of the neighborhood. As a result of a request
by this group, the Memphis City Council approved down-zoning to
the original single-family configuration in 1977. Further proof
of the area's value came in 1979 with listing in the National
Register of Historic Places And in 1983, the neighborhood was
honored by the City Council as first listed in the Memphis Landmarks
Register. Thus, today, the area is known as the Annesdale - Snowden
Snowden, a Memphis Landmark neighborhood, was founded in
1906 when families entertained themselves on Sunday afternoons
listening to musicand engaging in scintillating conversation over
a cup of
tea. Contemporary composers of the day included Debussy and Rimsky-
Korsakov. On a lighter note, George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin
music for more amateur singing, playing, and listening.
Annesdale Snowden Historic District is a combination of two early
twentieth century subdivisions developed by the Snowden family
surrounding Annesdale, their family home. Initially, the area
families of merchants and businessmen looking for the clean, open-air
suburban environment highly desired in the early part of the century.
The neighborhood was developed to take advantage of two streetcar
lines for ease of transportation and included all the latest developments
of the era: paved streets and sidewalks, gas streetlights, and
sanitary facilities. By 1920, virtually all of the area had been
neighborhood flourished throughout the twenties and continued
hold its head high that the depression, although there were hard
for many residents. In the forties, it was considered patriotic
rooms for workers in the war industries,and neighborhood residents
their best. Unfortunately, there was no provision that said when
war was over that homes should be returned to single-family usage,
so many were not. Thus, a period of decline that extended into
sixties was felt by the neighborhood. Today, however, the area
Significant renovation and restoration of the area's houses have
a vital, close-knit neighborhood.
Snowden comprises nearly 200 early twentieth century homes
in a virtuallyintact setting. Only a few houses have been added
since 1931. This unique, historic setting was recognized by the
Department of the interior in 1979 when the area was listed in
National Register of Historic Places. The City of Memphis recognized
historical importance of the area in 1983 by designating Annesdale
Snowden a Memphis Landmark, the first residential neighborhood
to be so honored.
a major landmark neighborhood, Annesdale Snowden will provide
future generations of Memphians an opportunity to see how their
predecessors lived. Each year, the residents attempt to make that
opportunity even more meaningful by presenting a tour of houses
that exemplify the variety of architectural styles in Annesdale
Snowden. The families of Annesdale - Snowden Historic District
welcome you to a neighborhood they feel responsible for sharing
and preserving for the future. Thank you for spending this time
with us. We hope you enjoy your peek into the past.