Thought to have been built in 1807, The Fountain is a two-story frame house with a full attic. The house was expanded between 1865-70 with a kitchen and dining room ell. Alterations made during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have given the home Federal, Greek Revival and Queen Anne interior and exterior features.
The Fountain was home to five generations of the prominent Davenport-Jones family. Currently with four bedrooms and two baths, the site includes a brick well house/dairy built sometime between 1865-70. The original basement kitchen is one of only a few such nineteenth century kitchens surviving in western North Carolina.
The Fountain has suffered deterioration over the years but many
significant repairs and updates have been made and the house is
livable. The home has well water, a septic system, radiator hot water
system, and central air conditioning. As the property is individually
listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.
The house is in a rural setting and the backyard leads to a stream, but it is also in close proximity to schools, shopping and other amenities.
Lenoir is a North Carolina Main Street community located on the Highway 321 corridor midway between Charlotte and Boone. Rich in natural beauty, it also has a strong tradition in visual and performing arts. It is less than thirty minutes from Blowing Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway and a nearby state historic site, Fort Defiance, which was an important Revolutionary War site. Google recently opened a site in Lenoir, creating over 200 jobs. To learn more about the area, visit www.explorecaldwell.com or www.caldwellcountync.org.