Awards & Recognitions

Self-guided Walking Tour Around East Campus

Old West Durham Native Son: John D. Loudermilk

Photos & Memories

More first-person history of the Old West Durham Mill Village

OWDNA meets the last Thursday of every month, at 7:00 PM.
Email for more info.

Duke and the DukeCard

Community links

Partners Against Crime meets the second Monday of each month, at 6:00 PM 2107 Hillandale Road (Durham Public Schools Faculty Training Center near corner of Hillandale and Carver).

Friends of South Ellerbe Creek
Establishing a green space near E.K. Powe Elementary School

Background on Duke's Central Campus

Why Durham needs a landlord registry

OWDNA info flyer

Old West Durham in the News
(first 10 years)

"Durham has some 148 neighborhoods, and many of them are very active. The Old West Durham Neighborhood Association is probably at the top of the list when it comes to making its views known on everything from transit stations for the proposed light-rail system to cleaning up cemeteries."

OWDNA thanks to ConnectNC, Inc for their donation of server space for our site. ConnectNC, Inc offers Internet, Web and Business Process Outsourcing Services


Lawly Immigration







Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

"Not afraid of flavor!"

Take a virtual tour through OWD's history or see photographs of the neighborhood today.


What is the Old West Durham
Neighborhood Association?


We are a group of neighborhood residents working together to strengthen the sense of community in Old West Durham and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in OWD. Our neighborhood stretches from Broad Street west to Hillandale Road and from Englewood Avenue south to the Durham Freeway. The area around Erwin Mills, Ninth Street and the old mill village is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts.

OWDNA has been honored by the Historic Preservation Society of Durham, Preservation North Carolina, the Library of Congress, the Herald-Sun's "Durham Grit" award, and the Independent Weekly's "Citizen Award" (for "tireless dedication to making our community a better place to live").

Any resident of Old West Durham can join and support their neighborhood association by sending a $5 check (made out to "OWDNA") to Melissa Juniper at 2407 Green Street, Durham 27705. If you have any questions about Old West Durham, please contact OWDNA President Catherine Hart at hart@owdna.org.


Old West Durham -- everything's here!

We are Wimpy's Grill & Mongolian Grill, Ninth Street & Gin Street, EK Powe & Erwin Mills, East Campus & West Main, Regulator Books & Piedmont Laureates, Locopops & Fisher Graphic, Parizade & Wellspring Cafe, Cosmic Cantina & Tip Top Bikes, Blue Light & Blue Corn, Pride Parades & American Dance Festival, Dain's Place & Elmo's Diner, One World Market & International Delights, Saint Joseph's & Blacknall, West Durham Tire & Couch Oil, Francesca's Ice Cream & Madhatter's Bakery, Durham Freeway & Buck Dean's bungalow, Italian stonecutters & old brick yards, John D. Loudermilk & Tobacco Road, Don Schlitz & The Gambler, Cedar Hill Cemetery & Mill Hill, block parties & home tours, freight trains & fire trucks, front porches & vegetable gardens, quiet walks & shady streets, old mill houses & sidewalk conversations, neighbors & friends. We are community, we are home.


Last updated on: December, 2014

Current OWDNA webmaster: Tom Clark

Past OWDNA webspinner: Pam Spaulding

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