Ordnance Park was a neighborhood built to benefit the many families (mostly women) who worked at the Naval Ordnance Plant in South Charleston, WV, or B. F. Goodrich Rubber Plant in Institute, WV during WWII. MacCorkle Avenue was later constructed to accommodate increasing traffic.
The homes were rentals until after WWII, when they were offered to returning veterans. There were 225 duplex houses with two different floor plans of two or three bedrooms. The community had a school, a church and a movie theater. Four playgrounds are still being used today by current residents.
The street names throughout Ordnance Park are named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt and prominent naval officers and contractors that worked on the site.