What’s in a Name – why are our apartments called Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard?

Have you ever thought about the name of your neighborhood or your street? Where did that name come from? Why was it named that? These are some of the questions we were asking ourselves today. So we did a little digging and found out why our apartment communities are named Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments.

Burnam Woods Apartments’ name was taken from Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. In Act 5 Scene 5, Macbeth says, “Fear not, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane,” quoting what the witches had predicted for him. The streets of Burnam Woods Apartments are Burnam Woods Court, Dunsinane Drive, Beeson Court, and Raylon Drive. It is still uncertain why we changed the spelling to Burnam, but in Macbeth Birnam Wood is the royal forest of Malcolm who tried to oust Macbeth. Dunsinane was Macbeth’s castle. Christopher Beeson was an actor in Shakespeare’s company. We are not sure of the connection Raylon has to Macbeth or to Shakespeare, so please let us know if you find something.

Macbeth and Birnam Wood

Less literary, and let’s face it less interesting, is how we determined the name of Chatham Gardens Apartments. It was simply named after the street on which the apartments were built – at least we added the ‘Gardens.’ Chatham Gardens Apartments were built after Century Corp / Awalt Bldrs built the housing development also called Chatham, which sits behind the apartments. All of Chatham Gardens Apartments are on North Chatham Road.

A little more historical is the origin of the name Old Orchard Apartments. There used to be an apple orchard where the apartments are today, so we named it after the old orchard. Each street at Old Orchard Apartments is named after a different type of apple: Winesap Court, Stayman Court, McIntosh Court, and Baldwin Court.

Stayman Apple


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