Preservation Celebration at Branch Grove
Saturday September 8
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Please join us for this special event showcasing the fully renovated house to the public for the first time. The event will run from 4-7pm and will include light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.
Branch Grove is a great example of how PNC works to save North Carolina’s special places. Without our years of experience and determination to find a preservation solution, Branch Grove would be gone – wistfully remembered in old photos.
Branch Grove, the birthplace of Alpheus Branch, founder of BB&T, is an extremely fine 1848 Federal tripartite house (with an earlier 1790s Georgian wing). Placed on the National Register in 1982, the highly significant house was rented to tenants from the 1880s (yes!) to the early 1980s and sat vacant for decades. PNC marketed the house for eleven years with lots of interest, but the challenge was always finding a suitable new site. In 2016, we faced a final ultimatum: move it or it will be burned down. The stars finally aligned with available land, and at the final hour, PNC received an extremely generous anonymous donation to relocate the house and stabilize its exterior. PNC was fortunate to partner with local contractor Andrus & Company on the renovation.