Pheasant Ridge
Maeve Shea

Pheasant Ridge was the name of a land grant given to Henry Howard in 1745. River Hill was the name of an old plantation in the area that was reputable for being one of the first to free its slaves.

General History:
Pheasant Ridge is a village of River Hill. River Hill is on land that used to be part of a game farm. River Hill was the last village to be constructed, and is the westernmost, being closer to Clarksville than the rest of the city. Construction began in 1990. It is one of the most isolated of the villages, being very far away from the town center and surrounded by rural areas.

Street Names:
  • Wild Orange Gate: These I, Singing in Spring by Walt Whitman. Published in Leaves of Grass in 1867.

Here, some pinks and laurel leaves, and a handful of sage,

And here what I now draw from the water, wading in the pondside,

(O here I last saw him that tenderly loves me—and returns again, never to separate from me,

And this, O this shall henceforth be the token of comrades—this Calamus-root shall,

Interchange it, youths, with each other! Let none render it back!)

And twigs of maple, and a bunch of wild orange, and chestnut,

And stems of currants, and plum-blows, and the aromatic cedar:

  • Helmsman Way: O Star of France by Walt Whitman. Published in Leaves of Grass in 1867

O STAR of France!

The brightness of thy hope and strength and fame,

Like some proud ship that led the fleet so long,

Beseems to-day a wreck, driven by the gale—a mastless hulk;

And ’mid its teeming, madden’d, half-drown’d crowds,

Nor helm nor helmsman.

  • Hay-Boat Way: Named from the poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman.

."On the river the shadowy group, the big steam-tug closely flank’d on each side by the barges—
the hay-boat, the belated lighter"

  • Distant Thunder Drive: The Mystic Trumpeter by Walt Whitman

Blow again, trumpeter—conjure war’s Wild alarums.

Swift to thy spell, a shuddering hum like distant thunder rolls