I once spoke about Fisher Park as the geographic center of GuilfordCounty, and I wondered aloud about the origin of the name. A kind neighbor passed along a link to the Fisher Park Historical Association’s web site (http://www.fisherparknc.org/) which actually includes a story about the namesake of Fisher Park. I was given permission to reprint the story, which I have altered slightly.
The Fisher Park Neighborhood is named for Captain Basil John Fisher, a Scotsman and Captain in the British Army, who immigrated to the U.S. and at some point settled in Randolph County with hopes of making a fortune in gold-mining. That effort being unsuccessful, Fisher began purchasing real estate, including some land immediately north of the small town of Greensboro. The area, then known as "Lindsay's Woods" was a woodsy, littered, dumping ground for city residents.
Fisher Park neighborhood traces it's beginnings to 1902 when Captain Fisher donated 28 acres of his land holdings for development of a "suburb" of Greensboro. In exchange, the city agreed to build a "driveway" within the donated land. This "driveway" became the signature public streets of present day Fisher Park – Fisher Park Circle, North Park Drive, and South Park Drive. Land lying within that space became a public park – FisherPark.
But Captain Fisher died soon thereafter in New York City in 1903 at only 52 years of age, without having accomplished any of the neighborhood's hoped-for development. He was buried in N.Y., and it was many years later when his wife had Fisher's remains disinterred from N.Y. and re-interred in the Green Cemetery on the edge of the Fisher Park neighborhood. Fisher is buried with family members near the southern-most Wharton Street entrance to Green Hill Cemetery.
It was several years later before business partners Mr. Wharton and Mr. Latham began the neighborhood's development in earnest. The neighborhood developed in stages, with most original buildings completed between 1915 and 1930. So, there you have it!