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Old 10-13-2011, 03:20 PM
 
Location: NC
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I've been driving by this little road just off Falls of Neuse and Raven Ridge Dr, and finally saw a nature preserve sign up the other day. I've stopped in before, but the gates were closed. Today, they were open, so I went inside for a look.

This is Raleigh's first nature preserve park, a section of 157 acres left by the late Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson to the residents of Raleigh.

This is not meant to be a general recreation area but more of a study/contemplation area where they will hold educational programs and have 2 trails as of now - one through the woods/forest and one out in the open. There's a small play area with tree stumps and walking stones for the kids to play on, a covered picnic area, and lots of open space. They've got a decent amount of parking and even an electric vehicle slot complete with charging station. The park office is very nice and contains all the info you might need.

Here's the official website for it:

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park - The Official City of Raleigh Portal

and here are some photos I took on a trip there with my daughter from this morning on our way back from the pediatrician:

I apologize for the poor quality of my photos. I'm still using a very old smartphone but about to upgrade so my "mobile" photos will get a lot better soon

Street signs at entrance:



Preserve sign:



Electric vehicle parking/charging station



Park fields:




Old building on property across from park office and adjacent to 2nd parking area:



Park map provided by park office:

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Old 10-13-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Thank you for posting these! I'm one of the many babies delivered by Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson! (Dr. Anne as she was commonly called.) I was so happy to hear that she left this land to the city, and was wondering whatever became of that. I might have to trek up there to see it!
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Thank you for posting these! I'm one of the many babies delivered by Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson! (Dr. Anne as she was commonly called.) I was so happy to hear that she left this land to the city, and was wondering whatever became of that. I might have to trek up there to see it!
Wonderful

Back in Miami, where I'm from, my Grandfather was a well known pediatrician and left a legacy similar to that of Dr. Wilkerson, from the sounds of it. Great people serving society - it doesn't get any better.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Wonderful

Back in Miami, where I'm from, my Grandfather was a well known pediatrician and left a legacy similar to that of Dr. Wilkerson, from the sounds of it. Great people serving society - it doesn't get any better.
I'm in both Miami and Raleigh…what sort of legacy did your grandfather leave?
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Nice story!
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:46 PM
 
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I'm in both Miami and Raleigh…what sort of legacy did your grandfather leave?
Nothing public except several generations of happy and healthy families. He served many long hours during his career and we could never go anywhere at all without someone stopping him and saying "hey, Dr. (last name), wonderful to see you" and usually that person would have at least one younger generation with them that he also took care of.
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