Cradock was one of the nation’s first government—built planned communities along with the neighboring Truxtun.  Conceived as a model community, it incorporated many of the most advanced planning techniques of its day.  The construction was funded through an act of Congress in 1918 which allowed the Federal Government to build housing projects related to the wartime efforts.

 

Most of the features of the present-day planned community including schools, recreational areas, commercial area, and public transportation where provided for Cradock.   All facilities where within walking distance  of one another.  The town pioneered the use of concealed utility lines.  The town had its own government built schools, fire house, sewerage, water system and electric street lighting system.  Afton Parkway, the major traffic boulevard, also carried the street car line.  The street car line ran to the Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, and other suburban areas.  When WWI ended in 1920, the US Housing Corporation was unable to continue to assume the cost of public services forcing the orphaned community to assume self government until Norfolk County was able to adopt Cradock in 1922.  Courtesy Cradock & Truxtun Design and Rehabilitation Guidelines and History by the Alumni and Friends of Cradock, INC.

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By Laura Purvis

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Cradock Civic League

NEXT MEETING!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

AT THE CRIME PREVENTION BUILDING ON AFTON SQUARE

JUNE IS THE LAST CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING BEFORE SUMMER BREAK.

NO MEETINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST!

Meetings Resume Tuesday,

September 2, 2014 At 7:00 p.m.

Jean Bondy, President

(757) 397-6809 for more information!

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Second Saturday

of The Month

CRADOCK WATCH

"NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH"

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

AT 6:00 P.M. AT CRADOCK

BAPTIST CHURCH.

Please contact Ted Lamb for more

Information   483-4769

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Children's Bike Parade
Friday, July 4th 2014
8:30 am--Registration for the Children's Bike Parade held in the median at the George Washington Highway and Afton Parkway Entrance

9:30 am--Portsmouth's No. II Fire Engine will lead the parade of bikes from the Entrance down Afton Parkway to the gazebo in Afton Square.

10:00 am--Cradock's Annual July 4th Flag Ceremony will be conducted by DAV Chapter 41, VFW Post 993, and local Boy Scout Troops. Portsmouth City Council Members 
are invited.

11:00 am--July 4th birthday cake and punch will be served by the DAV Chapter 41 and VFW Post 993 Ladies Auxiliaries.

The Cradock Civic League is planning Cradock's Patriotic Salute for 
INFO CONTACT DOTTIE 
WYATT AT 485-9471!