The Thornton-Hunter House is thought to be the oldest structure in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina. It is located on the south side of West Main Street at the intersection with Cooper-Rogers Road.
The oldest part of the house is a Federal period cottage with a high pitched gable roof, boxed eaves, and nine-over-nine windows with graceful sills. Much of the original interior ornate woodwork remains in the principal parlor that exhibits lavish details more typically found in larger homes, including a tall pierced dentil cornice and an elaborate two-tiered corner fireplace mantel with pierced dentil moldings, incised ornament and a short overmantel flanked by urns. Other details in the house include wainscoting and chair rails, and hand-planed six-panel doors.
The rear chamber, now a kitchen, contains similar flat-panel wainscot, chair rail and a hand planed six panel door with early hardware. The two rooms are separated by an enclosed winding stair leading to two loft rooms divided by a wood partition wall. The newer section of the house was added by the Hunter family in the 1920s and features tall spacious rooms covered in tongue-in-groove beadboard. The rear porch was enclosed later for a mudroom, bathroom and utility room.
The property was originally occupied by Dr. Robert Thornton as a home
and office, and later used as an office for attorney Samuel P Hill. It
has been used as a residence since being purchased by Tom Hunter.
The Thornton-Hunter House is a contributing structure in the Yanceyville NR Historic District and is eligible for tax credits. It is habitable, but would benefit from updates to the kitchen, bath and mechanical systems. Removal of the vinyl siding will once again reveal the original beaded clapboard siding as part of the rehabilitation. This property is located directly across the street from "Dongola" the home of Jeremiah Graves and one lot over from a recent restoration of the "Martin-Herndon House/Sally Martin House."
Click here to read about the house on the Caswell County Historical Association's blog.
Situated among the rolling hills of the northern Piedmont, Caswell County is only 45 minutes from Greensboro and an hour from Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle Park. The county seat since 1792, Yanceyville's National Register Historic District encompasses a magnificent antebellum courthouse, courthouse town square, and numerous antebellum houses and buildings. The Caswell County Civic Center provides excellent live entertainment, and recreational opportunities include the Caswell County Sports Complex , Caswell Pines Golf Course and beautiful Hyco Lake , which offers boating, fishing and water sports.