The Thomas Walter Long House is a fine example of the grander, more ornate scale of two story residential homes that were built at the turn of the century in this tranquil western piedmont community. The house has seven rooms: three bedrooms and one bath with high ceilings. While the house recently suffered a small fire and exhibits some much deferred maintenance, the major features of the house survive including much of the fine mantels, ornate newel post, staircase, wainscoting and molded window and door surrounds. Exterior asbestos siding has been removed recently to reveal very nice original German wood siding. The house will require new electric, plumbing and HVAC systems. As a contributing structure in the Catawba National Register Historic District, the rehabilitation work on the house is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.
From the spacious front porch of the house, it is an easy one-block walk to Catawba's historic downtown which is the home to both the Dr. Q.M. Little House (now the Town of Catawba Historical Assocation, Inc.) and the Old Company Store (the JU Long & Company Store) and the Catawba downtown business district. The town of Catawba is one of NC's small town Main Street cities with an active downtown revitalization committee that is in the process of formulating a comprehensive downtown plan.
The Town of Catawba is a small city in the heart of the beautiful Catawba River Valley in the western piedmont of North Carolina. It is one of only two towns in Catawba County that borders the Catawba River. It is only 3 miles from I-40, 20 minutes away from either Hickory or Statesville, one hour from Charlotte and 1 and ½ hours from the mountains. Many universities and colleges are within commuting distance including Lenoir Rhyne College, UNC-Charlotte, Belmont Abbey College and both Western Piedmont, Catawba County and Mitchell Community College, and is only minutes away from Newton, the County Seat.
Also less than 10 minutes away are Murray's Mill and the Carolina Thread Trail.