The convenience and grandeur of Westmoreland attracts many to its quiet wooded lanes.
The neighborhood has its roots to four families living off of Ebenezer Pike [now Westland Drive] around 1920. In 1923, the property owners built the “Waterwheel” to provide water and electricity to their homes. During the same period, Westmoreland Heights, Inc. purchased the land lying to the west of the original homes. In 1929, Knoxville Power and Light Company agreed to bring electricity to the neighborhood. The waterwheel continued to provide water until 1940.
In the late 1920s, Victor Klein, a Knoxville Realtor, began marketing the residential lots along Sherwood and Stone Mill Roads. Some of the original marketing material includes “Exceptionally large lots – none less than 100 feet frontage – some containing over four acres – fronting on wide macadamized boulevards – Water and Electric current on all lots – Property restricted for a high class home sections – City convenience in the County.”
“Westmoreland’ as it is called today is actually several different neighborhoods sharing roads and names. Westmoreland Heights [today 151 lots] is the original neighborhood dating to the early 1920s. Westmoreland Estates [131 lots] was added to the north of ‘Old Westmoreland’, Westmoreland Hills [192 lots] was added to the south of Westland Drive. Sherwood Oaks [42 lots] was added just west of Sherwood Road and Court of Coventry [4 lots] was added near the entrance to ‘Old Westmoreland”.
The Tudor Revival Style Waterwheel and Gatepost were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Charles Barber designed both structures.
As a child, I recall riding to the end of the Lyons View Car Line and walking west in front of Eastern State Hospital, crossing Northshore, pass the Waterwheel, up Sherwood Drive and then along Stone Mill Road to our house. Today, most of those homes along my path are recreations or restored to their original grandeur.
Today, everything is convenient from Westmoreland. Lake Shore Park’s walking /jogging trails to the East, a short drive to banks, shopping and restaurants, shop the many boutiques in ‘The District at Bearden’ and quick access to Interstates 75 and 40.
Westmoreland is currently zoned for Bearden Elementary School, Rocky Hill Elementary School, Bearden Middle School, and West High School.