Benjamin King House

Newly renovated cottage close to vibrant downtown Durham and Research Triangle Park. Buyer eligible for tax credits. Historic charm, smart design details, affordable, and energy efficient!

Area Information

East Durham is a large National Register Historic District just a few blocks from downtown Durham, which is chock-full of restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and entertainment.  Durham is the 4th largest city in NC and is known as the City of Medicine.  It is about halfway between the mountains and the coast, and is part of the Research Triangle Park (Raleigh and Chapel Hill are the other points of the triangle).  Durham is served by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and is about 30 minutes from Raleigh and 20 minutes from Chapel Hill.

Architectural & Historical Information

Enjoy cottage living in this sweet front-gable bungalow! The house at 1916 Hart St. in Old East Durham may have been built around 1930 for Benjamin King, a knitter in one of the area mills. Situated on a small urban lot, the house is a great example of the modest scale houses that offered spacious interiors within a compact building footprint. Close to many area businesses and manufacturers, it was also near the streetcar system that provided transportation for early 20th-century East Durham workers to downtown Durham. This proximity to work environments continues today with Research Triangle Park just three exits down the Durham Freeway and downtown Durham a quick commute west on Main St. The Benjamin King House features a full width integral porch, a spacious living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen with pantry/laundry room, and a nice-sized bathroom. The manageably-sized lot is ready for cottage garden plantings!

PNC is fully renovating the house as part of its Project RED effort. It will be sold with protective covenants as a single-family owner-occupied residence. Eligible buyers may take advantage of state tax credits.

The East Durham National Register Historic District, just a few blocks east of Downtown, was developed as a neighborhood with middle-class housing between the 1890s and 1940s by the Durham Land and Security Company. Convenient to Duke, NC Central University and Research Triangle Park, the ideally located neighborhood provides an excellent mix of affordable, quality historic homes. Contributing properties in the historic district are eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.

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The Robert Norfleet House, built in 1858, is one of seven antebellum, suburban villas built along Main Street beyond the Tarboro Town Common during a major economic “boom” period in the 1850’s.

Tarboro’s economy was thriving during this time with very large cotton crops being produced, and a thriving port and rail terminal had been established to transport goods from farther inland downriver where ocean-going vessels could ship goods worldwide.

Many of the original lots in the prosperous upland port town, incorporated in 1760, were already built upon by the late 1840’s. With the death in 1848 of Louis Wilson, owner of the large Grove Plantation established by General Thomas Blount, former plantation lands just west of the Town Common were able to be subdivided into large lots and tracts for suburban development on Tarboro’s outskirts. Local planters and prominent citizens, such as Robert Norfleet, introduced a new development concept to the area by building their imposing plantation homes in Tarboro on large, multi-acre lots as “suburban villas”, rather than out on more remote farm lands in the county.

Robert Norfleet, a prominent attorney and heir to family plantations, had completed the construction of his substantial house which he designed himself by 1858. It sat down a long lane facing the present Main Street. When built, the house had a decidedly Gothic Revival design. It was just one-story on an 8-foot raised basement, but 70 feet wide with very steeply pitched and bracketed rooflines. Around 1900, Norfleet’s son, Dr. L.E. Norfleet, added a full second story and created the quintessential Classical Revival mansion with tall Corinthian columns supporting a central, pedimented portico.

When the house was acquired by the family of the current owners in the late 1960’s, a major reconstruction was undertaken and based ironically on plans drawn by the original Robert Norfleet’s grandson, also Robert Norfleet, a licensed architect. The second story was removed, and the house was brought back approximately to its original scale as a tall, one-story raised cottage on a full basement. The restoration at that time recreated very accurately the massive Gothic chimneys from 1858, but altered some of the original Gothic features to emulate a low-country plantation house, while retaining its original recessed porch with Doric columns between projecting wings and an imposing hipped roof unifying the whole house.

The current house with its 3,700 square feet of living space is one of Tarboro’s most noted landmarks and sits on one of the best lots and finest, secluded locations in the town’s 45-block historic district. The recessed and elevated front porch and entrance are reached by graceful and sweeping exterior, curved brick steps. The front doorway, as well as the recessed front windows (which were originally jib doors), are capped with beautiful fanlights and refined, Italianate framing. Wood brackets adorn the exterior cornices.

During each phase of the house’s history, careful efforts were made by previous owners to protect the stunning first floor rooms. Those rooms today are remarkable with their elaborate plaster moldings, ceiling medallions, eleven-foot ceilings and original faux-paining. Across the front of the house are the three formal rooms, each with beautiful, carved Italian marble mantels and wide pine flooring. The entrance foyer is most remarkable with its massive scale and contains two monumental bookcases on each side of a central, wide marble mantle. The other two front rooms are also quite spacious, with one being a parlor and the other being a sumptuous dining room. These two formal rooms are separated from the larger central foyer by two hallways which traverse the depth of the house. Off the front parlor, with its white Italian marble mantel and original 1858 window cornices, is a beautiful sun room, accessible through very unusual jib windows.

The dining room has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The elaborate Gothic coffered ceiling, medallion and pierced plaster cornices are quite remarkable, with gilding applied by noted Tarboro painter, Edward Zoeller. The carved, pink Italian marble mantel is like no other in this region, as is the elaborate over-mantel mirror, which beautifully reflects the crystal chandelier.

Across the rear of the house are two large bedrooms, each with its own private bath, and a large kitchen. Off the kitchen is another sunroom or breakfast room with very nice views of the secluded garden area. At the rear of the northern hallway is a staircase to the second floor where there is another large bedroom and bath. Upstairs across the front of the house is a massive attic space with three dormer windows. This area with its wide flooring can be made into a sizable amount of additional living space, if desired.

There is also a full basement under the house which could be adapted to other usable spaces. The yard area, with two full acres in the middle of Tarboro, has the original 1858 smokehouse and a three-bay, detached garage.

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This important early house with Guilford College ties must be moved – again! It has simple yet refined woodwork, mortise and tenon construction, and a modified Quaker plan ready for permanent new location.

Area Information

High Point is located in the Piedmont Triad region and is North Carolina’s 9th largest city. It is known for its furniture, textiles, and bus manufacturing. The city is sometimes referred to as the “Furniture Capital of the World, “and a semi-annual furniture market is held which attracts 100,000 exhibitors and buyers from around the world. High Point is home to three universities: High Point University, South University and Laurel University.  Most of the city is located in Guilford County, with portions spilling into neighboring Randolph, Davidson, and Forsyth counties.  High Point is less than 20 minutes from Greensboro and less than 30 minutes from Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Architectural & Historical Information

Built c. 1830, the Nereus Mendenhall House, also known as The Oaks, is a highly significant I-house with a modified Quaker-plan interior with a center hall. Features include wide overhanging eaves, a full facade shed porch with flush wood sheathing beneath and in the gables and slightly tapered porch columns. Throughout the interior are horizontal wood sheathing, simple yet unique mantel with raised panel frieze, two-panel doors, and a staircase in the center hall featuring an elegant stair rail with square balustrade and unusual turned newel posts. Two rear shed rooms and an attached kitchen dependency did not survive the first move. The main part of the house is of heavy mortise and tenon construction, making it an ideal candidate for a move. Some salvaged material is stored on site including planks, doors, original foundation stone and brick.
“The Oaks” was named for a stand of ancient oak trees that stood in the front yard of the house built for Orianna Wilson and Dr. Nereus Mendenhall. Nereus was born in the Richard Mendenhall Plantation house in Jamestown and attended Haverford College and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Upon his return to Guilford County, he practiced medicine for six years before taking a position as a surveyor for the North Carolina Railroad. An advocate for public education, Nereus increasingly grew interested in teaching and eventually took on administrative and teaching roles at nearby schools, including New Garden Friends School near Greensboro, which eventually became Guilford College. He served as principal there at various times between 1839 and 1866 and is credited with keeping it open during the Civil War. He served as clerk of North Carolina Yearly Meeting from 1860 to 1871 and was elected to the state legislature for the 1874–1875 term, during which time he worked as a member of the building committee to establish a state hospital for the insane in Morganton.
“The Oaks” was relocated under threat of demolition in 1998 to a site off Penny Road near High Point. It must now find a permanent new location.

Early Federal/Greek Revival house in Pittsboro must be moved! Its stately form and sturdy construction make it an excellent candidate for a move to a new site in this beautiful and growing area. Located just west of Apex and the Triangle and south of Chapel Hill, Pittsboro and Chatham County provide both rural charm and sophistication. Help us save this early piece of Pittsboro’s history and give it a lovely new setting on your own land!

Architectural and Historical Information

Built of sturdy mortise and tenon construction, this early Federal/Greek Revival house is an unusual combination of the tall narrow Quaker plan houses popular in Pittsboro in the 1830s and 1840s and Georgian plan I-houses with shed rooms along the rear elevation. While somewhat altered, the house retains the tall two-story form, brick end chimneys, and several features reminiscent of the fine early 19th century houses built in and around Pittsboro. Underneath the artificial siding is intact clapboards with boxed cornice. Within the now-enclosed porch remains flush wood sheathing. The interior features an intact hall and parlor plan, panelled wainscot with chair rail in the main parlor, wood wall sheathing and board and batten door in the chamber, enclosed winder stair with hand planed wood sheathing, a couple of very nice 2-panel doors, cornerblock detailing in door surrounds, and heartpine flooring. The house underwent some changes in the 1920s (a couple of Craftsman brick mantels testify to that) and was moved slightly in the 1950s and placed on a sturdy brick foundation over a basement. The house is in good condition and is an excellent candidate for moving.

The historic May & Gorham Building constructed in 1904 is offered for sale for rehabilitation and preservation. The building contains approximately 11,800 square feet and includes an early 20th Century pharmacy with original fixtures, flooring and pressed-tin ceiling intact. The rear portion of the 1st floor and 2nd floor of the building were rehabilitated for office use about 1990. The building currently requires further rehabilitation and system upgrades. The price is $150,000.00 and the Seller requires a rehabilitation agreement with negotiated timelines and scope of work. The building is a contributing building in a National Register and local downtown historic district, and tax credits may be available. For details contact John Jesso at (252) 972-1267.



Be a part of the revitalization of the Loray Mill Village! This charming 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom home has been beautifully rehabilitated with top-of-the-line interior finishes. It is ideal for first-time home buyers or those looking to downsize, and is walkable to parks, shopping, the recently-rehabbed Loray Mill and more!

Area Information

The Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District is an ideal place to call home. It is a walkable neighborhood, convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-85 and less than 30 minutes from Charlotte (even better: it’s only 20 minutes from the Charlotte Airport). The recently redeveloped Loray Mill is just blocks away and features both residential and commercial opportunities and future plans for a brewery, café, restaurants, fitness and spa, dry cleaners, neighborhood market and other complimentary services. Preservation NC is undertaking a massive rehab project in the Mill Village, and you can be a part of it all in this beautifully rehabbed historic home!

Architectural & Historical Information

906 W. 2nd Avenue, built around 1902, was altered over the years but has been fully restored and rehabilitated with great attention to detail. Modern amenities include classic tile floors in the bathroom, a contemporary kitchen with high-end appliances, hard surface countertops, built-ins and more!  Original siding, mantel, flooring and restored windows remain. High ceilings make the space light, bright and airy, and both a deck and front porch provide ample opportunity for relaxing outdoors.

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ADOPT THIS HOUSE! The New Bern Preservation Foundation is offering the historic Mill Manager’s House at 907 N. Craven Street for FREE to SAVE the building from being demolished! IT MUST BE MOVED!

The circa 1900 frame house has 7 rooms and approximately 2,850 sq. ft.
The house has a side hall plan with an intact stair case. It is offered for free for rehabilitation to someone who will relocate the building at his/her expense.

Truly rare opportunity to own a unique super-cool property.  Roaring 20’s arm-in-arm with New Media 90’s.  A custom-built 1997 Luxury Home married to an amazing 1920 tailored Granary.  The 3-floor robust Granary larger than the younger elegant Home.  Careful consideration was given to design aspects and placement of the home relative to the historic Granary.  Now you can stroll between decades via a windowed vestibule.  This fine complimentary pair is perfectly situated on 3.27 prime acres in prestigious Wakefield Estates.  Very convenient to the shores of beautiful Falls Lake, McConnell Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation Clubhouse, Wakefield Barn riding stable, great schools and shopping.

The Granary is one of two structures remaining from Wakefield Farms.  Wakefield Farms was a massive farm/dairy operation with buildings dating from the mid 19th to early 20th century.  Farm operations started winding down during the 1950’s.

Massive Wakefield Barn is the other historic structure remaining Wakefield Farms.  Presently used as an equestrian center, it’s also a Wake County Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Home and Granary

The home boasts thoughtful design aspects and wonderful upgrades.  Over 5,100 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, thoughtfully laid out to exhibit a variety of ceiling treatments, open stairway, private sitting areas, large deck and screened porch.

Main floor hosts the master suite with double closets and an oversized Kohler soaking tub.  Gourmet kitchen is outfitted with Canac cabinetry, Sub-Zero Pro 48 Refrigeration, Miele Dishwasher and Aga Cooker.

Both formal and informal living rooms contain fireplaces.  A separate breakfast room, formal dining room and laundry complete the main floor.  A 3-car garage is accessed from the kitchen.

Top floor has a large second master suite with adjoining office (or nursery) and two guest rooms sharing a Jack & Jill bath.  A landing/sitting area overlooks both the formal and informal rooms below.

Bottom level of the home is designed for family living/in-law suite.  It’s accessed via an oak staircase from the main level or via it’s own grade level exterior entrance.  This level of the home contains living room with fireplace, a family room with kitchenette, bedroom, full bath and second laundry room.  All door openings are 3 feet wide.  Enjoy separately controlled heating and air conditioning.  From here there is access to approximately 1500 square feet of unfinished basement with concrete floor and poured in-place concrete walls.

The Granary is heavy timber construction courtesy of trees at the farm.  It still houses some interesting original equipment and is connected to the home via an enclosed slate floor breezeway.

The multi-floor Granary is unconditioned and currently sports a 3-season “man cave” in the section closest to the home.  Uses of the Granary are limited by imagination.  Suggestions have included – storage for automobile collections, artist studio, home business office, wood working…etc..  It can certainly accommodate more than one idea. The Granary is 6,179 square feet.


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Built in 1923, Beautifully designed by Charles Barton Keen and landscape architect Thomas Sears positioned prominently on 2.35 acres. Grand foyer with original marble floor, spacious entertaining areas, gourmet kitchen, library, office, main-level master suite with his and her bath, 6 fireplaces. Enclosed heated pool adjoins the main house, guest house, garage w/apartment, rose garden. Circular drive, abundant parking for entertaining!

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Now taking offers on this turn-key 1888 Cotton Mill Event Venue and Business that is currently hosting Weddings and Events. Phase 1 of renovations are already completed. This is your opportunity to purchase a gorgeous, historic property that does not need thousands of dollars worth of demolition and construction to complete before you can even use it! All of the major infrastructure and construction work has already been completed: new metal roof, new trusses, new real-wood ceiling, new concrete floor, etc. No asbestos, no environmental hazards, nothing to demolish, nothing to haul off, etc. The mill has already hosted 45 weddings in the past year while undergoing renovations. This is a turn-key property that is already producing revenue and has many events already booked for 2017 that can be included in the sale. The mill sits on almost 9-acres of rural land surrounded by grass and trees. These old mills are getting harder and harder to find and its getting even harder to find one that is located in the country and not in an inner-city location. This gorgeous mill and lush property is still only 45-minutes from downtown Charlotte and draws Brides from all over the state. I have another opportunity that has presented itself which is why I am offering the mill and business up for bids. You could continue to use the mill as-is or complete Phase 2 renovations to install windows, etc. to your liking. If I complete Phase 2 and forego the other opportunity then I will not sell the mill so here is your chance to buy it now! The mill was built in 1888 and I have all the documentation to prove it including the original blue-prints. This is not a “circa 1888 we believe”. This is a certified 1888 that was built with hand-made bricks that were laid by a Gettysburg Battle Survivor. I have the title free and clear of all liens, mortgages, and back-taxes in my personal name. I will sell you the property, business, tables, chairs, website, etc so you are ready to start collecting revenue immediately. This property is perfect for weddings, events, winery, brewery, etc.  Interested parties are encouraged to email for the fastest response.

Ca. 1870 First addition 1910
Second addition 1982
Third addition 1990

The Roanoke Island Inn, overlooking the waterfront of historic Manteo on Roanoke Island, site of the earliest English colony in America, is both a family home and an established inn. The architecture of the house and inn are purely Island Vernacular featuring gabled roofs, twelve dormers, a cupola and a welcoming brick arch drive- through entrance to the reception area. The house and the Inn are attached but completely separated for total residential privacy. The building occupies slightly in excess of one landscaped acre between Fernando Street and Agona Street, with three additional structures. The Garrison House is a two-bedroom frame home dating from the early 1940s. The two-story three-bay garage with a two-bedroom apartment above was built in the 1980s. The third building, a small bungalow, dates from the 1940s. A folly, a net house and a pump house are arranged around the Koi pond, the focus of the well-landscaped grounds. A studio/workshop with fireplace and loft space is adjacent to the house connected by deck on the rear elevation.

Two rooms of the residential portion of the inn date from the 1860s when the current owner’s great-great-grandfather, Asa Warren Jones, came from Wake County to teach school in this coastal community. He married a local woman, Martha Ann Creef, whose brother George Washington Creef designed and built what is now North Carolina’s state boat, the Roanoke Island Shad Boat. (One of Creef’s original boats is displayed in downtown Manteo’s Maritime Museum near the Inn.) The property has remained in the Jones family for over 140 years. When the current owner acquired the house, he raised the original rooms a full story above the 100-year flood level constructing the current first floor on masonry and brick foundations beneath the original house.
Today the residence’s main level comprises a spacious living area, two dining areas, an expansive kitchen with small office nook, a butler’s pantry and bar, and a comfortable library with fireplace. The living area features floor length cottage light windows and a gas fireplace with a simple historic mantle and marble surround. Hyde County pine boxes the ceiling beams from the original structure. The second level offers two bedrooms, a large closet, a family laundry, and a bath with a Carrara marble shower. The third level holds two small apartments with kitchenettes and private baths. An unfinished full height attic space with dormers extends the remaining length of the residence and inn structure.

The inn’s eight guest rooms, three on the main level and five on the second, are linked on the second level by a breezeway overlooking the harbor. Two of the five second-level rooms are two-room suites. All rooms are furnished with a collection of eclectic older pieces. The lobby area on the inn‘s main level is distinguished by a painted ceiling depicting symbols of Roanoke Island’s landscape and culture before the arrival of the English colonists combined with symbols of Tudor England. (The mural was painted by a set designer from The Lost Colony, the famous outdoor drama that debuted in 1937 and is enacted each summer in the amphitheater that occupies a site of the original Roanoke Colony in Manteo.) Guest amenities include wi-fi, a well-stocked breakfast/refreshment room adjoining the lobby, bicycles, free parking and easy walking distance to the historic downtown restaurants, art galleries, book stores, theatre, and waterfront entertainment.

The Roanoke Island Inn is a rare combination of private residence and hospitality establishment. It is less than six miles from the Atlantic Ocean along North Carolina’s Outer Banks but offers the quiet and beauty of a small town on an incomparably lovely waterfront. Dockage, charter boats and water sports are all available. Just across a short bridge from downtown Manteo is Festival Park, a performing arts and history center. Docked there is the Elizabeth II, a representative 16th century English sailing ship, which is the centerpiece of one of North Carolina’s most visited State Historic Sites.

Three fireplaces; two wood burning, one gas
Two laundries; one with heavy duty machines for the Inn, one family laundry upstairs
2 over 2 Island Vernacular windows
Front and rear elevation two story porches
Hyde County hand-milled pine used throughout

Kraftmade cabinets
Oversize side-by-side Frigidaire freezer/refrigerator
Five-Star dual fuel six burner stove with grill
Three ovens
Three dishwashers, including a Fisher and Paykel dishwasher in butler’s pantry/bar

A Tesla charging station
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor lighting
Irrigation system
Modern “privy” for outdoor events/weddings

STUNNING RENOVATED VICTORIAN c 1915 with 1300 sq. ft. wrap-around porch with Haint Blue painted ceiling. Situated on 3 acres, the home features Tuscan columns and a pyramidal roof with ornamental gables.

The Baker-Rogerson home was moved across the road to its current location in 1997 and placed on a new brick foundation. The interior was reframed and drywalled, and the electric, plumbing and HVAC were replaced and modernized, giving this home an effective age of 20 yrs.

Many of the unique features were retained such as the entry doors, stained glass windows, interior locks, & hard pine floors with parquet inlay original to the house. In 2006 a 2-story 3-bay carriage style garage was built. 3 beautiful acres. 3200 square feet. 4 BR 3 BA. 1st floor: Foyer. Living Room. Den. Mud Room. Full Bath. Kitchen. 2nd floor: 4 BR 2 BA. Upper covered porch.

Here is a rare opportunity to buy a grand turn-of-the-century Victorian with an effective age of 20 years. Featured in The Historic Architecture in Perquimans County, North Carolina, by Dru Haley and Raymond A. Winslow, Jr. Call for more information and a private viewing. To see a virtual tour, click here:

Historic Greek Revival church in Historic District; beautifully restored. Two doors lead to narthex. Heart pine flooring, approx 20 pew benches set in 3 rows making 2 isles downstairs and in balcony. Outside entrance to balcony. Seats approx 120 people. Curved altar with 3 velvet altar chairs. Historic cemetery included in 2.29 acres. Bell in octagonal steeple works, County water is available will need hook up and line run to the church. Church built in 1845 by Thomas Brass, well known contractor from Warrenton. Convenient to Suffolk VA and Ahoskie NC north and Greenville NC south. Beautiful location just off Hwy 11 for weddings and events, artist studio or antique shop. The zoning (Highway Commercial) for this property allows for a variety of uses, including use as a residence.

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The historic St. Frances Methodist Church is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

This handsome, large two-story frame Queen Anne residence was built at the turn of the century in Woodard Circle, one of Wilson’s most fashionable neighborhoods between 1897 and 1917. This house is the only survivor of the seven large residences which once stood on the northwest side of North Goldsboro Street between Vance and Gold Streets.

The house requires a full restoration. The first floor has a large center hall with stairs to the right as you enter the front door. There are three fireplaces and almost a dozen rooms including a small kitchen, one full bath and one-half bath. As you enter the upstairs there is a spacious landing taking you to several large rooms, two full baths, one fireplace and access to the attic.

The house is located next to the Confederate Military Hospital No. 2 Museum which is on the NC Civil War Trails.

The Confederacy organized its Medical Department late in 1861 and within months, in April of 1862, the NC General Military Hospital No. 2 was established in Wilson in what was once the Wilson Female Seminary. The hospital made Wilson known outside of the state of NC as it was listed as one of 21 principal hospitals in the State. It is now part of the NC Civil War Trails.

The zoning is Urban Residential which has been established to accommodate a variety of housing types in a neighborhood setting. The regulations of this district allow the property to be used as a Bed and Breakfast and also permits home based businesses.

The house was built by the sons of Warren and Jerusha Farmer. The family were large landowners in Wilson. Warren and Jerusha built a one-story house on Goldsboro Street by 1882. That house was razed between 1897 and 1903 and replaced with three impressive Queen Anne residences for the Woodard’s three sons; Walter Farmer (1871-1923); James Edwards who died in 1915; and David Woodard (1868-1922); all three were farmers.

The three Woodard brothers were the second owners of Wilson’s first tobacco warehouse owning it from 1891 until circa 1900. In 1901, David Woodard married Nellie Moye of Wilson and this house was apparently erected at that time.

The tree bay-by-two bay, asymmetrically-massed house is sheltered under a tall hipped roof that has pedimented gables on each of the four elevations. The front (southeast) gable contains a Palladian window and the other three contain single round-arched windows. A porch carried by turned posts connected by a turned balustrade wraps across the South Goldsboro and East Gold Street elevations; a pediment extends slightly on the façade to cover the central steps. Fenestration consists of single or double one-over-one sash windows in flat surrounds.

The central entrance has colored glass in the transom. Two rear ells, one gabled and the other hipped, occupy the rear elevation. A two bay-by-two bay hipped wing extends from the front of the southwest elevation and was added after 1930. The gabled rear ell was enlarged in 1980 by Legal Services of NC, Inc. who purchased the house in 1979. It was designed to blend with the older part of the house and the interior basically follows its original plan. The stair hall contains a handsome closed-stringer stair with slender turned spindles, a large newel, and paneled wainscot.

Woodard lived here until his death in 1922 and his family then moved in with E. L. Tarkenton at 803 West Nash Street. The house was then used as rental property and was divided into three apartments circa 1950. It remained apartments until renovated into offices. It was sold again in 2008 and is under restoration as a single family residence.

Wilson is pleasantly appealing in any season and offers an uncomplicated lifestyle. It’s location is ideal just 40 minutes from Raleigh, two hours from the beach, just under five hours to the mountains, an hour to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and half way between Miami and New York via I-95 or Amtrak. Wilson is home to two colleges, the state’s fastest fiber-optic Internet connections available in every home, tree-lined neighborhoods, five historic districts, a vibrant arts community and a roster of companies the envy to many metropolitan areas.

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Perfectly situated on a stunning one acre lot in the historic district and walkable to vibrant downtown Clinton, NC. Enjoy living in rare elegance provided by this extraordinary home. Entertain, pamper and visit with family and friends on large graceful porches – upstairs and down.

Behind the home, and included in the sale, are 3 other structures – the interesting original smoke-house and two guest houses.

Some updating is needed but the numerous original architectural details are astounding – including paneled wainscot, intricate staircase, Greek Revival door and window surrounds. Five of the six fireplace mantles are Greek Revival and one front parlor mantle is marble.

An original back porch was long ago incorporated into the house to accommodate a kitchen. And the original kitchen off the back porch was converted into a garage. There are good options for incorporating a modern kitchen. Among them, reclaiming the original kitchen space.

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The J. Beale Johnson House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an elegant neoclassical-style house built in 1906. The home was last purchased and fully renovated in 1968 and has been lovingly maintained by the Turner family; hence, it is more recently known as the Johnson-Turner House. Situated on 5 acres, this imposing residence has 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths with a first floor master bedroom and full bath. There are 5 fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout, grand central hallways on the first and second floors, 11′ ceilings, pocket doors, and many fine architectural details. Located in Fuquay-Varina, a thriving town in southern Wake County, this home is a 25 minute commute to Cary or Downtown Raleigh.

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1926 Historic Georgian Restoration in Grove Park – $1,265,000. The professional historic restoration is complete on this 6000+ sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath condominium conversion. The grand floor plan includes: large chef’s kitchen, formal dining and living rooms with high ceilings, master suite with private rooftop deck, slate roof, and extensive porches. A 3rd floor efficiency apt is ideal as a mother-in-law or nannie suite. This location, at the head of the Charlotte Street Neighborhood Corridor, makes for that ideal “Walkable Community” just blocks from Downtown in desirable Grove Park. This is a unique opportunity for the discerning historic aficionado.

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This home is located on Pearl Street in the heart of Rocky Mount. It is one of 3 adjacent houses built by Mary Bulluck Thomas about 1901. It is a Queen Anne style home featuring varying roof lines, extensive sawn decorative detail, and unusual cut shingle sheathing on the second story. Inside there are 3 fireplaces, well preserved pine floors, and beautiful original details throughout. The current owners have lovingly cared for this charming home with meticulous attention to its interior and exterior. The floor plan features 2 bedrooms down and 2 bedrooms up , with spacious living areas and well appointed kitchen and baths Priced at $124,900. More information is available at:

The historic Mary Bulluck Thomas House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Nestled on 2+ lakefront acres sits Tall Timbers. Built in 1926 with logs from the property, the home is perfectly balanced between old and new. Built as part of a country getaway the home features an oversized stone entry, reclaimed heart pine floors, breathtaking kitchen, a new roof in 2015, and a 1st floor master with panoramic lake views. There are 5 large bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a cozy den with wetbar, and a bonus room, all in over 3,000 square feet. The estate includes a fully equipped guest house with exposed log walls in the living room (c.1926), a workshop, and a barn/garage. Enjoy the outdoors with multiple porches, gazebo, and large stone fireplace. The location is close to I40, hospitals, and Grandover, allowing a private country life in the middle of the city.

This stately Colonial Revival was built in 1928 and retains many original features.   This spacious and symmetrical home could be lived in while you make the needed repairs!  It is located within a historic district in the charming town of Eden, commutable to both Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Area Information

The Town now known as Eden was created in 1967 from three separate towns of Leaksville, Spray and Draper. Located at the confluence of the Dan and Smith Rivers, the area has an important industrial heritage where an impressive collection of large mill buildings powered by the nearby rivers and canals, charming commercial centers, and an array of residential neighborhoods populate the bluffs surrounding the community.  Today residents and visitors enjoy bountiful recreational opportunities including greenway trails, camping, kayaking and canoeing, festivals celebrating its musical heritage including Bluegrass legend Charlie Poole, and tours. Located near the Virginia border, Eden is 30 minutes from Greensboro, 40 minutes from Winston-Salem, and two hours from Charlotte and Raleigh.

Architectural & Historical Information

The Dunn House is an exquisite example of Colonial Revival architecture in the Central Leaksville NR Historic District in Eden. It is among the few pre-war houses designed by an architect in Eden. Built in 1928 for William Oscar Jenkins, a meticulous engineer, and his wife Ruby Ivie, the house was designed by Virginia architect J. Bryant Heard. The Jenkins remained in the house for a very short period probably due to the Depression, before it was conveyed to Mrs. Jenkins’ sister Sallie Gray Ivie Dunn and her husband, attorney Adolphus William Dunn. The house remains in family ownership.

Heard’s fondness for the classical idiom is expressed throughout his body of work and in the Dunn House, which includes a classical Doric entry portico enhanced by a wide fanlight over the door and sidelites, a Doric-columned side porch and sunroom on either side all topped by a Chippendale-inspired balustrade, arched attic windows in the gables, and Flemish bond brickwork with basketweave courses along the cornice and watertable. His strong adherence to symmetry is likely the reason for two interior end chimneys with only one serving a practical purpose within. Paired doublehung windows on the front elevation provide lots of light for the interior.

The sweeping interior spaces include a gracious entry hall highlighted by a long staircase with curved newel, large openings into the living and dining Rooms, a Butler’s pantry and kitchen, and an adorable half-bath off the back hall. Three bedrooms and a full bath make up the second floor. A finished attic with full bathroom was a whimsical addition in the 1960s and is accessed by a metal spiral staircase.

A lattice-covered back porch leads to a lovely backyard where the driveway is located. A two-car garage with shed room allows for generous storage space. Though the house is habitable, it will need some minor plaster repair, interior paint, and cosmetic updates. Previous roof leaks have been repaired. Some cracks in the brickwork may indicate some foundation issues. The house was last re-wired in the 1960s and has never had a central air conditioning system. Some original light fixtures remain on-site in storage. The historic Dunn House is a contributing structure in the Central Leaksville Historic District and is eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.

The Harrington Law Office is a remarkably intact Colonial Williamsburg-inspired law office built during the patriotic fervor of the mid-1970s. It is located in picturesque Wentworth, a bucolic village that has served as the county seat for Rockingham County since 1785. The three-story structure is in good condition and would make an excellent location for those looking for a unique work experience. Wentworth is just 40 minutes from Greensboro and less than an hour from Winston-Salem.

Area Information

Wentworth is a rural, residential community located in the heart of Rockingham County. The town has a growing number of small businesses, and its primary “industries” are government services and education. The Land Use Plan paves the way for continued preservation and protection of the rural character while encouraging compact, pedestrian-friendly development that supports the look and feel of a small town (from the Town of Wentworth website).  It is home to the historic Wright Tavern, and the Dan River, which offers tubing, kayaking and fishing, is also nearby.  It is 40 minutes from Greensboro and less than an hour from Winston-Salem and Hanging Rock State Park.

Architectural & Historical Information

The Harrington Law Office is a remarkably intact Colonial Williamsburg-inspired law office built during the patriotic fervor of the mid-1970s.  Built by Thomas and Jean Harrington as a second location for Mr. Harrington’s law firm (and casual meeting space), the office was designed by architect Cecil Hodge of Matthews, NC and constructed by builder Eugene Axsom. Mr. Hodge recounted how he consulted with a Williamsburg architect “who very kindly made suggestions to make it more authentic.”

The charm of the building is in how Mr. Hodge’s academic details of the Colonial period are interwoven with many 1970s comforts and stylistic details. Period details such as the gambrel roof covered in simulated slate, dentil cornice molding, 12-over-12 doublehung windows with paneled shutters, a transom over the 6-panel front door with brass door hardware and accessories, and interior woodwork are combined with wall to wall carpeting, drywall, indoor plumbing (1.5 baths), and an interior kitchen.

The floor plan is quite unique for an office as there are three floors consisting of one room each (bathrooms and storage excepted). The main floor off Courthouse Square served as the primary public entry providing space for client seating area, a Secretary and attorney office space. The second floor provided additional attorney office space and a full bathroom. The lower level (full basement) was decorated as a Colonial tavern with brick walls, large fireplace, small seating area, a pub table and a kitchen cleverly hidden behind louvered doors is a kitchen area with custom wood cabinets, appliances, and a table surface that hangs from a chain on either end that can be hidden from view by raising it up into the ceiling. Printed on the side in Olde English font is “Pursuit of Happiness.”

It is situated on a deep lot accessed by brick steps leading from the front patio to the lower rear patio. A small attached shed on the patio and a larger outbuilding on the back enhance the living or work needs. Established trees and plantings including fruit trees and grape arbor contribute to the attractive setting. The building is in good condition, but would benefit from some maintenance and restoration including removal of vinyl siding.

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Be a part of the revitalization of the Loray Mill Village! This supervisor’s home is larger than the typical mill village house, still has many original features and is walkable to parks, shopping, the recently-rehabbed Loray Mill and more!

Area Information

The Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District is an ideal place to call home. It is a walkable neighborhood, convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-85 and less than 30 minutes Charlotte (even better: it’s only 20 minutes from the Charlotte Airport). The recently redeveloped Loray Mill features both residential and commercial opportunities and has 100,000 square feet of commercial retail space, with future plans for a brewery, café, restaurants, fitness and spa, dry cleaners, neighborhood market and other complimentary services. Preservation NC is undertaking a massive rehab project in the Mill Village, and you can be a part of it all by rehabbing this historic home!

Architectural & Historical Information

This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home originally was built for a supervisor at Loray Mill in 1906.  The original clapboard has been covered, but some of the original windows remain.  Inside you’ll find the original mantels and some original woodwork. It is possible that the wood flooring is underneath the carpet.

Additionally, 313 S. Vance Street is a contributing structure in the Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District and is therefore eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.  This historic property needs a complete rehabilitation, including updates to systems (HVAC, plumbing and wiring) as well as cosmetic updates. In keeping with our goals to revitalize the Loray Mill Village to become a vibrant, diverse and desirable place to live, property restrictions will include a requirement for owner occupancy.

Be a part of the revitalization of the Loray Mill Village!  This charming 2 bedroom home still has many original features and is walkable to parks, shopping, the recently-rehabbed Loray Mill and more!

Area Information

The Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District is an ideal place to call home. It is a walkable neighborhood, convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-85 and less than 30 minutes Charlotte (even better: it’s only 20 minutes from the Charlotte Airport). The recently redeveloped Loray Mill features both residential and commercial opportunities and has 100,000 square feet of commercial retail space, with future plans for a brewery, café, restaurants, fitness and spa, dry cleaners, neighborhood market and other complimentary services. Preservation NC is undertaking a massive rehab project in the Mill Village, and you can be a part of it all by rehabbing this historic home!

Architectural & Historical Information

Believed to have been built around 1900, this 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom Loray Mill Village Type B house (see a plan for a typical Type B house in the photos below) still has many original features, including the original porch and clapboard.  Inside, you’ll find original mantels, wood flooring and 6-over-6 windows. Additionally, there is beadboard on the walls and ceilings on some interior rooms.

212 S. Liberty Street is a contributing structure in the Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District and is therefore eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.  Preservation NC will complete minor structural work to repair some termite damage prior to the sale.  This historic property needs a complete rehabilitation, including updates to systems (HVAC, plumbing and wiring) as well as cosmetic updates. In keeping with our goals to revitalize the Loray Mill Village to become a vibrant, diverse and desirable place to live, property restrictions will include a requirement for owner occupancy.


Be a part of the revitalization of the Loray Mill Village! This charming 2 bedroom home is perfect for first-time home buyers or those looking to downsize and is walkable to parks, shopping, the recently-rehabbed Loray Mill and more!

Area Information

The Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District is an ideal place to call home. It is a walkable neighborhood, convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-85 and less than 30 minutes Charlotte (even better: it’s only 20 minutes from the Charlotte Airport). The recently redeveloped Loray Mill features both residential and commercial opportunities and has 100,000 square feet of commercial retail space, with future plans for a brewery, café, restaurants, fitness and spa, dry cleaners, neighborhood market and other complimentary services. Preservation NC is undertaking a massive rehab project in the Mill Village, and you can be a part of it all by rehabbing this historic home!

Architectural & Historical Information

This Type B House (see an example of a typical Type B House in the photos below) in the Loray Mill Village has been altered over time, but could once again be a mill village charmer!  Although the original clapboard has been covered and the windows replaced, there is still the original wood flooring inside, as well as some of the original woodwork.

216 S. Highland Street is a contributing structure in the Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District and is therefore eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.  This historic property needs a complete rehabilitation, including updates to systems (HVAC, plumbing and wiring) as well as cosmetic updates.With updates to systems as well as cosmetic updates, and the re-installation of the beadboard that would have been inside, this historic property with mature shade trees on the easy-to-maintain lot will make a wonderful home once again. In keeping with our goals to revitalize the Loray Mill Village to become a vibrant, diverse and desirable place to live, property restrictions will include a requirement for owner occupancy.

Be a part of the revitalization of the Loray Mill Village! This charming 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home is perfect for first-time home buyers or those looking to downsize and is walkable to parks, shopping, the recently-rehabbed Loray Mill and more!

Area Information

The Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District is an ideal place to call home. It is a walkable neighborhood, convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-85 and less than 30 minutes Charlotte (even better: it’s only 20 minutes from the Charlotte Airport). The recently redeveloped Loray Mill features both residential and commercial opportunities and has 100,000 square feet of commercial retail space, with future plans for a brewery, café, restaurants, fitness and spa, dry cleaners, neighborhood market and other complimentary services. Preservation NC is undertaking a massive rehab project in the Mill Village, and you can be a part of it all by rehabbing this historic home!

Architectural & Historical Information

This 1904 Type A House (see a typical Type A House in the photos below) has been altered over the years, but the original floor plan remains intact. Masonite has been placed over the original clapboard and the windows have been replaced, but there are some original features inside.  Some historic woodwork remains, as well as the original mantels. As you can see in the photos, there is beautiful wood flooring in some rooms, with the possibility of wood floor under the carpeted rooms.

305 S. Liberty Street is a contributing structure in the Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District and is therefore eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.  This historic property needs a complete rehabilitation, including updates to systems (HVAC, plumbing and wiring) as well as cosmetic updates. In keeping with our goals to revitalize the Loray Mill Village to become a vibrant, diverse and desirable place to live, property restrictions will include a requirement for owner occupancy.

Be a part of the revitalization of the Loray Mill Village! This charming 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home is perfect for first-time home buyers or those looking to downsize and is walkable to parks, shopping, the recently-rehabbed Loray Mill and more!

Area Information

The Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District is an ideal place to call home. It is a walkable neighborhood, convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-85 and less than 30 minutes Charlotte (even better: it’s only 20 minutes from the Charlotte Airport). The recently redeveloped Loray Mill features both residential and commercial opportunities and has 100,000 square feet of commercial retail space, with future plans for a brewery, café, restaurants, fitness and spa, dry cleaners, neighborhood market and other complimentary services. Preservation NC is undertaking a massive rehab project in the Mill Village, and you can be a part of it all by rehabbing this historic home!

Architectural & Historical Information

This 1904 Type A Loray Mill Village House (see a typical Type A House in the photos below) retains many of its original features, including the clapboard and 6-over-6 windows, although the tin roof you see today was added later. Inside, there is some original woodwork and 2 mantels.  The linoleum and carpet are likely covering the original wood flooring. The tin roof is leaking and will be repaired before the property is sold.

Additionally, 312 S. King Street is a contributing structure in the Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District and is therefore eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.  This historic property needs a complete rehabilitation, including updates to systems (HVAC, plumbing and wiring) as well as cosmetic updates. In keeping with our goals to revitalize the Loray Mill Village to become a vibrant, diverse and desirable place to live, property restrictions will include a requirement for owner occupancy.



One of the most distinctive historic homes currently represented by NC Estates and Diane Lea is the Moore-Gwyn-Ewalt House, individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Constructed around 1790 for Samuel Moore, a successful tobacco planter, the Moore-Gwyn-Ewalt House near Yanceyville, North Carolina, exemplifies a classic Federal style attributed locally to a design by Thomas Jefferson. It is a two-story colonial structure with a raised basement and externally finished with brick laid in one-to-three and one-to four common bond with glazed headers in a striped pattern. The main entrance is a three-bay pedimented porch, featuring slender Doric columns and a simple balustrade. In the center bay of the façade on both levels is an identical double door, each leaf of which has three flat panels set within an arched opening and surmounted by a twelve-light fanlight. The house is described by architectural historian Ruth Little as “one of the most handsome Federal style houses in the northern piedmont of North Carolina.” The interior is equally impressive and features elaborately detailed woodwork, including exceptional high-style Federal mantels with paired colonnettes with sunburst capitals, molded baseboards, architraves with block capitals, nine fireplaces, and a staircase featuring tulip brackets above a guilloche stringer and cable molding.

To the home’s original three levels − with parlor, dining room, two upper level bedrooms, and a basement level canning kitchen, library and den − the owners have added two flanking wings with two additional master bedrooms, a kitchen, family room and two offices.

The home is sited on a knoll at the end of a long cedar-lined lane and framed by huge boxwoods, magnolias and oaks. The rear elevation affords a sweeping vista of terraced grounds, a spring-fed pond and a swimming pool with pool house. To the left (East) elevation of the house is a traditionally arranged complement of restored and adaptively used working structures, including a tobacco barn restored as an artist’s studio, a log saddlebag cabin now a guest cottage, a two- story tobacco barn and packing house now an equipment garage, and another tobacco barn currently used as a workshop. A screened summer house incorporates two two-story tall chimneys, all that remain of an early kitchen building. The surrounding two hundred acres of fields and managed forestland give the Moore-Gwyn-Ewalt House the appropriate landscape for its period and history, including formal boxwood gardens and a fenced garden.

The Moore-Gwyn-Ewalt House is protected by covenants held by Preservation North Carolina, the statewide preservation organization and revolving fund. For a copy of these covenants, please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is featured in An Inventory of Historic Architecture: Caswell County, North Carolina by Ruth Little-Stokes.

This late 19th century brick beauty can once again be a point of pride in the small community of Mooresboro! Enjoy an idyllic setting nestled among the rolling foothills of western North Carolina, only about an hour from Asheville or Charlotte, as you admire the many original elements that remain in this house. The Clifton and Alice Champion House is also sited near the old roadbed, which has been proposed for a part of the Carolina Thread Trail.

Area Information

Mooresboro (elev. 970) is a small town originally settled in the late 1700s, offering a relaxed pace of life in an idyllic setting, nestled among the rolling foothills. It is about an hour west of Charlotte, an hour east of Asheville and only 30 miles from Spartanburg, SC.  Essentials can be found in many of the surrounding small towns like Shelby and Rutherfordton, and Boiling Springs, home of Gardner-Webb University, is less than 4 miles down the road. Mooresboro is approximately 3 miles southwest of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore NC and only 21 miles northwest of Limestone College in Gaffney, SC Also nearby are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including Lake Lure (only 40 minutes away) and all of the hiking, water sports (like kayaking and white water rafting), and other activities that can be found among western NC’s beautiful mountains. Mount Mitchell State Park, which contains the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, is less than 2 hours away. The Champion House sits at an elevation of 825 feet.

Architectural & Historical Information

Dr. Clifton Otis Champion was a graduate of Atlanta Medical College and he married Carrie Alice Crowder in 1890. In addition to being a doctor, he was also president of the Mooresboro Bank, vice president of the Mooresboro Cotton Oil Mill, and a founder of the Lattimore Telephone Company. The house was locally known because he was the only doctor in the area.

Believed to have been built around 1885 with handmade brick fired on the property, the Champion House is an outstanding example of an I-house. Situated near the old rail bed that once made Mooresboro an economically prosperous community, fine hotels and stores once sat near the house.  It is one of the last surviving structures in Mooresboro from that era.

Laid in a common bond brick pattern, the Champion House features two paired central interior chimneys and nine-over-six windows. Arched lintels top the first floor windows and an arch also crowns the door. The facade displays three bays consisting of a central door flanked by single windows on each side. The two-story portion of the west elevation has one central window on each floor. The one-story ell features two windows with arched lintels. The rear has a central window on the ell and an enclosed shed roof porch. Above the porch is the two-story portion with two windows occupying the central and easy bay. The east elevation has a central door in the rear ell and central windows on each floor of the main block (from Architectural Perspectives of Cleveland County and c/o Bob Lucas). The house requires a complete rehabilitation, including HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, new bathrooms and kitchen, some restoration carpentry and a new roof. The property could become a B & B, making it eligible for the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit for income-producing properties.

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Believed to be built in late 1800’s. the Walters House currently under renovation & about 75% complete-kitchen, rear foyer & lower master bedroom left to complete. Lovely large wooded lot in center of Town of Warrenton. Beautiful old Oak Trees in front yard and many smaller trees in rear. 7 Rooms with Front & Rear Foyers includes Pine & Oak floors throughout. A Fireplace or stove flue in every room, Plaster walls, Crown Molding, 10″ Moldings throughout most formal rooms & Foyers. The two-story single-pile clapboard structure has a low hip roof, bay projections & a long rear ell, fishtail shingles decorate the central gable. The windows have peaked & molded lintels. Quiet tree-shaded streets surround the Walters House.

The Warrenton National Register Historic District includes about 90% of the buildings in town. Warrenton, the county seat of rural Warren County, is a historic town with many beautifully restored 18th & 19th-century residences, fine antique shops, & comfortable bed & breakfast inns. Located in northern piedmont section of North Carolina, Warrenton retains the charm & ease of a country village. It is an hour drive northeast of Raleigh & Durham & One & a Half Hours from Richmond Va. Interstate 85 is seven miles west of town & Rt. 158 takes you towards Lake Gaston & Roanoke Rapids.

The property may be a candidate for Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

The historic Ward House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

This unique property consists of two adjacent waterfront lots inside the Town of Hertford. One lot contains the historic Mathews-Jacocks House, a transitional Federal/Greek Revival house with a Victorian era addition on the rear. The other lot is vacant and could allow for additional properties, or simply additional outdoor space to enjoy the waterfront views!

Area Information

Hertford is the seventh oldest town in North Carolina and was chartered in 1758. It is nestled on the bank of the Perquimans River and just steps from the Albemarle Sound.  This picturesque and historic town can be approached by traveling over the only “S” shaped swing bridge in the nation. Its tree-lined streets, waterfront parks, 1825 Federal-style courthouse, and well preserved historic homes (including the 1730 Newbold-White House) beckon to visitors and residents alike. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, with golf, fishing, boating, kayaking, birding and more all nearby.  Hertford is about an hour from Norfolk, VA, only 20 minutes to Elizabeth City, and about 1.5 hours from NC’s famous Outer Banks.

Architectural & Historical Information

The Mathews-Jacocks House is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for waterfront living, with a double lot offering the potential for compatible development! The house is a transitional Federal-Greek Revival two-story home with a large Victorian-era additional on the rear, and historic (contributing) c.1920 garage/barn, resulting in an interesting blend of styles.  It was originally a side-hall plan, but was converted into a central hall with a double-tier engaged porch and unusual Victorian-era gable piercing the roofline. The lot that contains the Mathews-Jacocks House is approximately 1.53 acres. The adjoining lot is approximately 0.91 acres,  providing ample space for a variety of options.  Views of the Perquimans River and a large lawn make this an idyllic setting!

The house requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems (HVAC, plumbing and electric) along with updates to the kitchen and bath, and significant carpentry repairs.  Both the house and historic garage/barn are contributing structures in the Hertford Historic District, so they are eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.

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The Dr. John Francis Shaffner House in Old Salem is the finest example of Second Empire Style architecture in Forsyth County. Built in 1873 with an addition in 1913. Recipient of the 2011 Heritage Award, this historic landmark features original craftsmanship and details that have been meticulously restored. Fantastic space to entertain and live comfortably is enhanced by a 3-story curved staircase, 7 fireplaces, wainscoted dining room, 4-room master suite and an amazing basement with wine cellar. Main level and second floor boast 11-foot ceilings and the third floor has 9-foot ceilings. Four/five bedrooms and four full bathrooms, spacious library and large studio or gallery room.

The private yard is beautifully landscaped with an original detached kitchen building that includes a fireplace and bath; could be restored for artist studio/retreat/greenhouse or outdoor entertainment space. Oversize 2-car carport provides off-street parking. Studio apartment with separate entrance adds space for guests or tenant.

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Old Salem, a historic Moravian settlement, is celebrating its 250th anniversary. The Shaffner House is ideally located close to the town square, Winkler Bakery, Salem College, Salem Academy, Home Moravian Church, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and vibrant downtown Winston-Salem.

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Located in walking distance of downtown Fuquay-Varina, the Walter Aiken House c. 1915 is a contributing property in the Fuquay Springs Historic Residential District (District is on National Historic Registry), and is designated a Fuquay-Varina Landmark by the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission. The Queen Anne/Colonial Revival house has 3,795 sf, and sits on a .63 acre lot with front brick retaining wall and fenced back yard. The prominent, 10-foot wide wrap porch is supported by round, fluted Ionic columns. The home has 12 rooms, including 5 bedrooms, all formal areas, a updated, cook’s kitchen, , a bonus/loft, an office/study, and 3 bathrooms. Ten foot ceilings, leaded-glass accents, handcrafted woodwork, 8 fireplaces (not guaranteed functional), fine mahogany staircase, and heart-pine floors are a few of the features that make this home the epitome of yesteryear’s gracious living. Upgrades like tankless hot water heater, gourmet range and steam shower provide comfort for today’s living.

Although officially zoned Office and Institutional, this property is and always has been residential.  Consequently, its zoning grandfathers as residential, as does that of almost all of the properties in this historic district.

This picturesque rural farmhouse was built early in the 19th century with successive stylistic updates by generations of the same family. The 1870 tower addition distinguishes the Cheatham Family Farm house as a rare example of the Italian Villa style in Granville County. With spacious rooms and a lovely landscape, this 19th century gem will make a fine country retreat. It is less than an hour to RDU, 1 hour to Raleigh, 30 minutes to Durham or Wake Forest, just minutes from charming downtown Oxford, and 3 miles from Vance-Granville Community College. There are numerous opportunities for recreation, as this historic farmhouse is located between Falls Lake and Kerr Lake.

Area Information

The Town of Oxford was described a century ago as one of the prettiest towns in the state, and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016. Today it remains an attractive example of small-town living with historic buildings situated on broad, beautifully shaded streets and a vibrant downtown. There are several locally-owned businesses, museums and cultural centers, and festivals and events year-round, including movie nights, Alive After Five events and a Farmer’s Market. Several parks and recreational amenities are located in or around Oxford with sports fields and leagues for adults and children, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, a skateboard park, and horseback riding. Access to five different lakes including Kerr Lake (20 minutes) and Lake Gaston (50 minutes) offer fishing and boating. Located only 30 minutes from Durham, Oxford is also convenient to Research Triangle Park (35 minutes), Brier Creek (35 minutes) and Raleigh (50 minutes), several colleges and universities, major medical centers, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (45 minutes).

Architectural & Historical Information

This picturesque rural farmhouse was built early in the 19th century with successive stylistic updates by generations of the Cheatham family. The earliest section was built in 1800 by James and Katherine Cheatham as a modest 1.5-story dwelling that now serves as the rear addition. Their son James constructed the tall mid-nineteenth century section with spacious rooms divided by a wide central hall and grand staircase. This otherwise symmetrical Greek Revival façade was updated once more by the next generation, another James, with the addition of a 3-story tower and 2-story front gable ell, enhanced by an expansive porch with sawnwork brackets and turned balustrade that distinguishes the Cheatham Family Farm house as a rare example of the Italian Villa style in Granville County.

The spacious rooms within are further enhanced by simple yet refined woodwork including geometric post-and-lintel mantels, flush-board and paneled wainscot, plaster walls, an open-string staircase with octagonal railing, flat angled door and window surrounds, paneled doors, and wood floors throughout. Other features include 6-over-9 sash windows, three chimneys with finely pointed common brick bond, and beaded clapboard siding, all resting on an imposing stone foundation.

With 11 spacious rooms and a lovely picturesque landscape, this 19th century gem will make a fine country retreat, and more acreage is available for purchase, if desired (at an additional price). The house was rented out just a few years ago, but will require a complete rehabilitation including HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, new bathrooms and kitchen, some restoration carpentry and roof work, not to mention new paint.

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The Barracks is an impressive and architecturally significant property, located on a large lot in the charming and historic small town of Tarboro. The house was built by architect William S. Percival, for William Battle, a prominent NC citizen, and owner of Rocky Mount Mills. The house retains a high level of integrity, and includes such features as the original stained glass in the rotunda, four original and ornate chandeliers that have been electrified, elaborate parquet flooring, plaster mouldings, fluted Corinithian columns in two of the parlors, a large gilded mirror, and original mantels; 3 marble and 4 wooden. The property suffered a fire in early 2016, and the damage can be seen in the photographs. Many, many original features remain in this outstanding property.

Area Information

Tarboro is the county seat of Edgecombe County and home of Edgecombe Community College.   Founded in 1760, the town is the ninth oldest city in NC and is located in a bend of the Tar River. Tarboro’s unique culture is a fusion of past heritage and modern lifestyle, with a renowned Historic District, access to world-class health care, a thriving arts and cultural scene, distinctive local gourmet and casual dining, plentiful recreational opportunities, and shopping for all budgets from collectibles to fine antiques. With convenient access to nearby metro areas like Raleigh (1 hour) and Greenville (30 minutes), a low cost of living, affordable housing, and a diverse local community that welcomes new ideas and enthusiasm, Tarboro makes a bold but subtle statement that characterizes its relaxed outlook on life. A satisfying choice for relocation and home to one of the region’s foremost retirement communities, Tarboro is a center of family-friendly activities and active adult living. (From the town’s official website, learn more here:

Architectural & Historical Information

The Barracks is one of the most architecturally significant examples of antebellum Italianate Architecture combined with some Greek Revival detailing, and sits on 1.25 acres in town. It is built of salmon colored brick and its front elevation is distinguished by a large central bay capped with a pedimented portico and anchored by full height fluted Corinthian columns on each side. The front view includes a cupola which houses an original stained glass window in a floral pattern.

A heavy entablature is carried over from the portico into the frieze which features ornate paired brackets with circular vents covered by decorative iron grates. The front entry is marked by an elliptical arch of unmolded brick frames and original double entry doors. Within the arch the space is divided into three bays by engaged columns. A stained glass fanlight caps the front doors, and semicircular stained glass sidelights flank each side. Flanking the central bay are single bay loggias with coupled Corinthian columns that match those of the portico, which are accessed through the foyer by doors on each end.

The foyer retains its original marble flooring. Upon entering, the rotunda extends through the cupola, and features four statue niches on both the first and second story. A study to the right of the rotunda features floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. To the left, the front parlor retains its carved marble mantel with gilded mirror. Through pocket doors, the parlor leads to a larger parlor and ballroom. Both parlors retain ornate pewter gas chandeliers original to the house which have been converted to electric.

The second story includes four large bedrooms with fireplaces, two of which have attached baths. A third bath is located in the hallway to serve the other two bedrooms on this level.

Other features of note in the house include louvered interior shutters, heavy moulded plaster cornices, coved ceilings, original marble and wood mantels, bay windows, and parquet floors.

In February 2016, The Barracks suffered a fire which damaged the back one story addition to the house, which was constructed shortly after the original structure by the Battle family. The fire destroyed the kitchen, damaged the roof and roof structure, and caused damage to the wall coverings and floor systems. The main portion of the structure suffered smoke damage, and water intrusion, but was not severely damaged. The Barracks is individually listed on the National Register (see the nomination here) and is therefore eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits. Additionally, the zoning would allow for The Barracks to become a B & B, thus making it eligible for the income-producing tax credits: a 20% federal credit as well as North Carolina’s a tier-based credit for income-producing projects, with 10-15% of QREs. The Barracks is also elgible for “bonus credits” in the amount of 5% for projects in a Tier 1 or 2 county, and 5% for a targeted investment, since Edgecombe County is a Tier 1 county.

The asking price for The Barracks represents the property in its current condition. As Preservation North Carolina undertakes stabilization endeavors at the property, the price will be adjusted to reflect such work.

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And here are some stunning photos of the property before the fire taken by Watson Brown; it can certainly look like this again! You can see the full photo set by clicking here.

Historic Guthrie-McBane grist mill has been lovingly restored and updated to offer the perfect pairing of modern, relaxed living with the authenticity of a rich past. Set on five wooded acres in Alamance County straddling Cane Creek, the main residence was a long-time working grist mill dating back to the 1700s. A two bedroom, two and one-half bath manor features two stone fireplaces, a large kitchen, huge gathering and dining room, and private sunroom flanked by an expansive deck overlooking the creek. The master suite is a restful enclave all its own with one of the two stone firplaces. Observe Cane Creek through floor to ceiling windows of main living quarters or step onto the deck to survey nature while hearing the rhythmic cadence of water spilling over the dam. Rare 2 story log cabin on the property serves as a second home with space to house well-satisfied guests or a fortunate full-time caretaker. The quarters have their own special charm as they were impeccably rebuilt, log for log, while adding two full baths and a kitchen for modern convenience retaining rustic appeal and fireplaces.The property lends itself well to either full-time living or for use as a retreat or gathering spot. Scenic views and spacious yet cozy interiors create a peaceful retreat minutes from Chapel Hill’s University of North Carolina between the Triangle and the Triad. A genuine opportunity to step back in time, 7955 Mac Lane is not just an unparalleled estate, but a privilege to cherish. Please come for a visit. Appointment required.

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ONE OF A KIND home carefully constructed in 2002 and expanded in 2007 crafted with the charm & character reminiscent of the historic 1880s Glencoe Mill Village! Over 2000 square feet with FINISHED BASEMENT (adds 1100+ sf). Wide open living spaces, modern conveniences, cedar siding, heart pine wood floors, two fireplaces with custom mantles! Kitchen with work island, breakfast bar, and custom cabinetry that flows into dining area with built-in hutch. Fabulous outdoor living at patio and 9×24 screened porch! Detached, wired 2 level workshop. Wooded lot. Short drive to Triad & Triangle areas. Low Alamance County taxes! Enjoy a short walk to the Haw River!

All historic homes in the Glencoe Mill Village are under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

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150+ Acres of paradise surround this 1880s home.not lived in since about 2002, ready to be restored or have architectural details reclaimed. Over 3/4 mile road frontage encompasses land flanked by wooded acreage. Calm reservoir buffer. Unparalleled parcel enveloped in privacy with unlimited potential. Enjoy while held for future development. Create a vineyard, dream home, hunting preserve. Indulge your horses with exceptional place to live & thrive. Land & timber appraisal in hand. Acres of southern charm and character.

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This astonishing historical property has many key details that make it stand out among the crowd. A few of them include dentil molding, original hardwood flooring, plaster walls, and a sun room. Within this two story house there are three bedrooms, two and a half baths, screened-in porch, and four door barn out back. While being in a nice neighborhood, the house is a short walk away from the post office, library and several churches. Other amenities include crystal chandelier, built in breakfast hutch, French doors, fireplace, dishwasher, freezer, and stove. Overall this property is a beautiful step back in time.

You can be a part of a downtown that is quickly on the way up. This small commercial building offers a multitude of opportunities to get involved in the revitalization of this Main Street community in the heart of the mountains of North Carolina.

Area Information

Lenoir (population 18,228, elevation of approximately 1168 ft.) lies centrally located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and leads to both Blowing Rock (30 minutes) and bustling Boone (40 minutes). The closest entrance to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is only 40 minutes from Lenoir, and another short drive will take you to the remote and rugged Wilson Creek, a federally designated “Wild and Scenic River.” Other must-see nature stops include Historic Happy Valley and Pisgah National Forest. Camping, kayaking, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and off-road driving provide escape for the outdoor enthusiast.  Lenoir has also attracted a great deal of artists and craftsman, largely thanks to its furniture heritage. It is now home to the Annual Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Celebration, one of the Southeast’s largest sculpture competitions.

Architectural & Historical Information

Built in 1947 by local entrepreneur Frank Dayvault, this two-story, 1768 square foot structure is a contributing structure in the Lenoir Downtown Historic District and is thus eligible for the federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits. It has housed a variety of businesses including a barber shop, key shop, bicycle shop and meat market.. Today it would make a great live/work space, small retail or even a micro-micro brewery or related use.
It is currently a shell of a building that will require complete interior removal and rehabilitation, as well as a new roof. However, this offers maximum flexibility for rehab. The exterior features a recessed entrance with aluminum framed storefront, variegated brick running bond façade and six-to-one common bond side and rear elevations, and metal casement windows on the second floor.
It is next door to an outstanding pizza and Italian restaurant (Piccolo’s) and across the street from Carolina Distillery. The County Government complex is next door housing many downtown employees and there is a sizable public parking lot adjacent to the property.

Built in 1894 by Marcellus J. Best, a prominent business leader, the M.J. Best House is an important Victorian structure. Preservation North Carolina will be working to stabilize this important house and correct damage by previous owners. Its loss would have been detrimental to PNC’s ongoing neighborhood revitalization efforts. PNC has repaired the foundation and removed incompatible later additions of poor construction. We are raising funds to construct an addition that will return the house to its original size and provide space for bathrooms, closets and kitchens. We have also identified the ghostmarks of the original, much smaller porch, and we are working to raise funds to recreate the earlier porch which will restore the house to its original appearance. Here in the South, we all know that life is better on the porch. Help us “put back the porch” on the M.J. Best House by making a donation to Preservation North Carolina!

Contact us if you or someone you know is interested in purchasing this diamond in the rough.

The Josiah Crudup House is an architecture-lover’s dream and is only 45 minutes from Raleigh or Durham! This rare, exquisitely detailed early 19th century house retains its early tripartite form and lavish yet refined ornament.  The central block of rooms flanked by the wing rooms showcase richly detailed woodwork and decorative paint, while the later additions provide ample room for contemporary uses including kitchen and baths. Dramatically sited on high ground off US 1, the Josiah Crudup House is an easy commute to Raleigh or Durham and only 20 minutes to Kerr Lake.

Area Information

Kittrell is a small village off US 1 which dates back to the 1850s. It is home to the Kittrell Job Corps Center (formerly Kittrell College). Essentials are available in nearby Henderson or Oxford, and Kittrell is only 45 minutes to both Durham and Raleigh.  There are lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing and other water sports at Kerr Lake, a State Recreation Area with 8 access areas and more than 50,000 acres.

Architectural and Historical Information

The house was probably built in the 1830s by Josiah Crudup who was a wealthy planter, Baptist minister, and legislator. He moved his family from Wake County to rich agricultural lands in what was then Granville County. The house displays a sophistication in design and richness of detail, as well as the quality of craftsmanship prevalent among successful planters in the northeastern Piedmont.

In its earliest tripartite form, the house had a two-story central block with one-story side wings. In the 1870s, the house passed to Josiah’s son John, who expanded the house to its present size including raising the side wings to two-stories and introducing Victorian elements such as the projecting bay windows, widening the front porch decorated with carved brackets and turned balusters, installing one-over-one sash windows on the front façade, and adding such futuristic innovations as an elevator and indoor plumbing!

Among the most notable features of the two-story, three-part exterior are the elaborate window entablatures comprised of carved circular motifs along the architrave, topped by a hooded molding all supported by scroll-like pilaster caps. This element is carried through on early and many of the later windows, including the one-over-one sash on the front façade and nine-over-nine remaining windows on the side and rear elevations. The front center gable features an arched window surrounded by sawtooth shingles. Unifying the three front sections is an arcaded cornice with delicate dentil molding above. The house is anchored by a foundation of heavy cut stone. Toward the back of the house along the right (north) side is a long wing thought to be the old kitchen. A small brick structure next to the kitchen porch is thought to be an early ice house.

The central block was meant to impress both inside and out. The entrance showcasing double-leaf paneled doors with applied molding leads into a well-lit entry hall brightened by a large transom above and windows on either side. Tall carved cornice molding, picture molding, wainscot, and arched entries into wing rooms provide an introduction of what’s to come. A door on the back wall leads into the central stair hall embellished with decorative woodwork and paint finish, which further leads into the grand drawing room filled with richly decorated large windows and doors and a prominent three-part mantel on the end wall.

The second floor is similarly filled with a mix of early and later woodwork all beautifully crafted. The finest room is again the rear central block room comprised of heavily embellished decorative woodwork and paint finish. Other rooms contain excellent yet simplified mantels, wainscot, door and window surrounds; some with decorative paint treatments.

The house has been neglected for the last few years and roof leaks have caused damage to some areas of the flooring and ceiling. Trim and other materials left from a previous restoration attempt are stored on site. The house will require a complete rehabilitation including a new roof, repair or replacement of damaged plaster and some ceilings and flooring, new kitchen and bathrooms (some nice period fixtures are on site), and all new mechanicals. Some foundation work has been done. The house is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places (see the nomination by clicking here) and is eligible for tax credits.

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Charming 1950 brick home in the historical district of Mount Airy. Walking distance to town and cultural events. Spacious rooms for a large family or return to B & B. Master on main or upper level with 3 more bedrooms upstairs. Original baths with tile. Beautiful hardwoods, stairs and entry that lead to formal living and dining room. Living room with gas log fireplace. Full unfinished basement with single garage. Cozy sun porch with sitting area, gas grill and washer/dryer that stay. Landscaped yard with cherry, mulberry and walnut trees. Strawberries and grapes. Horseshoe pit.

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HISTORIC Dr. EH Ward Farm on 7+ PRIVATE, PICTURESQUE ACRES – kept alive in updated farmhouse on knoll * ORIGINAL HARDWOODS * 3 restored gas log fireplaces * kitchen with vaulted ceiling, 5-burner gas stove * 12×26 SUNROOM with terra-cotta tile floor * 15×21 master bedroom * sauna * GUEST HOUSE with kitchenette * gardens, meticulous landscaping * 2 champion oak trees * BARN, several outbuildings * treehouse * covered swing * GAZEBO * walking trails * spring-fed fenced POND * 2012 roof * National Registry of Historic Places!

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The historic Dr. E. H. Ward Farm is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

This simple commercial former bank building is in the heart of downtown Fremont, less than an hour from Raleigh and 15 minutes to Goldsboro.  It would make an ideal adaptive reuse as a live/work space. With local dining, parks and a library all nearby, Fremont offers all of life’s necessities in a welcoming small-town environment flush with attractive historic buildings. The planned expansion of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro makes this quiet community a nearby retreat with an easy commute.

Area Information

Originally founded as the town of Nahunta in 1867, Fremont is a quaint town surrounded by flat and fertile land. There are local restaurants, a park and a library all within walking distance of downtown. It is only about 15 minutes to Goldsboro, 50 minutes to Raleigh and Greenville, and about an hour and a half from Wilmington. There is easy access to both I-795 and US264.

Architectural and Historical Information

The building was probably built in the early to mid twentieth century. Its embellishments, like the plain stone lintels and sills of the windows, the gabled roof parapet, and the heavy molded tin string course which terminates on the end with a bracket of classical motif (note the dentil moldings under the floral motif) are reminiscent of the Colonial Revival style. The corbelled brickwork forms one large panel. This panel has a double front with each side retaining some portion of its original appearance. It retains the tin string course serving as a cornice to the first story with a hint of engaged pilasters toward the top. It is simple yet nicely appointed and respectable.  The original store front exists behind the brick façade.

The interior of the building, specifically the second floor, has suffered significant damage from a partial roof collapse and subsequent water infiltration. Although the interior of the building needs to be completely rehabilitated with all new systems installed, the exterior walls and façade requires mostly cosmetic updates and removal of the brick façade at the store front.

Just some of the adaptive reuse ideas include a first floor wine shop, florist, hair salon/spa, and second floor living or office space. There are a myriad of options with this understated building!

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Well maintained 3 bedroom 2 bath historic home located in downtown Louisburg situated on large professionally landscaped lot.

There have been many updates while still maintaining the charm of a true historical property. Upon entering you are greeted by large formal Living Room & Dining Room perfect for entertaining. The Kitchen has plenty of cabinet space with a sep. breakfast room that overlooks the fabulous backyard. Also on the main floor you’ll find two generous Bedrooms & full Bath. Take the gorgeous staircase to the second floor to find another large Bedroom & huge a bonus or fourth bedroom.

Outdoor space is abundant. From the oversized covered front porch to the lovely gardens in back. In the National Historic District & the Louisburg Historical District.

The Paul Borden House was built around 1920 and is a spacious Craftsman bungalow which has been stabilized with most of the exterior work completed!  It is only two blocks from Union Station and walkable to downtown Goldsboro businesses, restaurants and shops, and only an hour from Raleigh.  The interior is framed-in but is really a blank canvas, ready to become your dream home.

Area information

The lively town of Goldsboro (pop. 39,000) is the seat of Wayne County in eastern NC and is the home of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. It is a convenient 20 minutes from I-40 and I-95, one hour from Raleigh and New Bern, only 1.5 hours from Wilmington, and less than 2 hours to several of North Carolina’s beautiful beaches. The renovation of Union Station is underway with plans for the station to become a multi-modal transportation hub.  The station plans are scheduled to include light rail service from Goldsboro to Raleigh.

Architectural & Historical Information

Located in the Downtown Goldsboro Historic District, the house has an inviting front porch and is situated on a deep lot that includes an outbuilding behind the house.  The house features handsome Craftsman details, original brick (from the Borden Manufacturing Company), and the original slate tile roof on the front half of house (new asphalt roof with warranty on the rear).

The Paul Borden House suffered significant fire damage in 2010, and further damage from water infiltration as a result.  Major structural stabilization work has been completed by Preservation North Carolina, rebuilding the house from the bottom up.  The first floor has been framed for a living room (parlor), den/office, family room/sunroom, dining room, kitchen, half bath and master suite.  The second floor is framed for two bedrooms with good-sized closets, a full bathroom (with the possibility of a second full bathroom), and a flex space that could be a fourth bedroom.  The house requires all new systems—HVAC, electrical and plumbing—in addition to all interior finishes including drywall; flooring; stair treads, newel and balustrades; new kitchen and baths; reinstalling original interior woodwork; finishing touches on interior windows, including repairing the pulley systems; and completing work on the front porch ceiling, floor and front steps.

The outbuilding located behind the house would need to be completely rehabilitated but could be used as an additional outdoor living/play/storage space.  The yard will require significant work to address a drainage issue at the back of the house, including re-grading.

This striking bungalow is ready and waiting for you to make it your own!

Downtown Goldsboro Neighborhood Revitalization

Preservation NC has partnered with the City of Goldsboro and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation to revitalize several neighborhoods in downtown Goldsboro. The neighborhoods will be transformed into a blend of residential historic structures and new homes that will include historic architectural details.

Homes range in size from 1,100 to 6,400 square feet and consist of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Victorian, and Italianate. The unique historic district includes residential and commercial structures.

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Hidden beneath the aluminum siding is a fine vernacular farmhouse. It was constructed in 1888 by Julius Peter (J.P.) Hager and has remained in the family until this day. The Hager House is 30 minutes from Charlotte (25 minutes from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport) in the quiet community of Stanley, just minutes from Lake Norman.

Area Information

Only 30 minutes from Charlotte, Stanley is in a growing area of Lincoln County that is still small enough to offer a peaceful setting. It is less than an hour to Morganton and Hickory and less than 2 hours to both Boone and Asheville.  Stanley is also close to Lake NormanHistoric Latta Plantation, the Brevard Station Museum, the Mundy House and History Center, and the Lincoln County Historical Association. 

Architectural & Historical Information

The Hager family has been a prominent family name in the area for many years being closely associated with Hills Chapel Methodist Church and the nearby famous Methodist Camp Meeting grounds.. Local tradition also holds that this was the site of Lincoln County’s first Post Office since the main wagon road ran in front of the house. A fine rock wall still runs along the front of the house along the old road bed.

The house exhibits some fine interior features including original doors, mantels, staircase, etc. While currently serviceable, the house’s wiring, plumbing and HVAC systems will likely need a thorough inspection and upgrade, as well as removal of the artificial siding and re-installation of windows more in keeping with the original house. The house has a well and a septic system that should be inspected for any necessary upgrades. A barn on the property is also in need of rehabilitation.

The house is priced far below the current tax value of $53,377.

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This is the finest house in Historic Bethania, on the largest lot in Historic Bethania. Transou house built in 1782, “frame up” restoration in 2008 using authentic historical materials. This home has the finest of appointments, modernizations, & efficiencies. Seller has $800,000+ invested in a first class restoration. Incredible price & incredible opportunity to live in vibrant Historic Bethania! Call agent for website link with more pictures & information. Truly need to tour to see all its magnificence!

Beyond authentic reconstruction of the Cooper home, an original home in Historic Old Salem. One of the largest lots in Historic Old Salem! Huge rooms, large fireplaces, lots of storage, modern construction amenities! High tech and High efficiency appointments! 4 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths.  Full separate suite in basement with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, separate kitchen, and laundry! Ready to be finished to your specs! 80% complete, meet with agent to discuss completion schedule and price options! Seller has over $1,200,000 invested in the reconstruction to this point! Must view to appreciate!

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Save one of the finest Federal houses in North Carolina! Located in the Town of Dortches just north of Rocky Mount, the house must be moved to save it from demolition. Exuberant display of federal details inside and out featuring Palladian windows; fluted Ionic pilasters; tall double-leaf entrance topped by fanlight with delicate tracery; dentil moldings, modillions, and arches with keystones; graceful mantels and door architraves with carved floral motifs; and exquisite heart pine floors with boards spanning the full length of each spacious room. The rear addition was an earlier 18th century house and includes an original Georgian mantel.

Area Information

The town of Dortches is a small, rural community located just seven miles north of Rocky Mount off I-95 in Nash County. Local landmarks include Smith’s Red & White, acclaimed for its pork sausage, and the recent development of Rocky Mount Mills, a former cotton mill that has been turned into a brewpub. Dortches is less than an hour from Raleigh and Greenville, barely over an hour to Durham, and less than an hour and a half to some of NC’s most beautiful “Inner Banks” cities and towns, including New Bern and Bath.

Architectural & Historical Information

One of the most elaborate and finely detailed Federal farmhouses in the state! Save one of the finest Federal houses in North Carolina!  According to the National Register of Historic Places, the Dortch House is one of North Carolina’s finest Federal farmhouses and was noted in The Early Architecture of North Carolina (1941) by Thomas T. Waterman for its “series of well designed Palladian and triple windows.”

The Dortch House was built by William Dortch who had already amassed significant holdings by 1779.  In 1810 he purchased an additional 70 acres upon which he built this elegant Federal-style home.  The current Victorian front porch with chamfered posts and decorative brackets and sawnwork balustrade likely replaced a one-bay wide single story porch. The elaborate front entry consists of tall double-leaf, three-panel doors encased by fluted engaged Ionic pilasters topped by a molded arch with gougework surrounding a fanlight with delicate tracery. The front and rear façades feature Palladian and triple windows that are also comprised of engaged Ionic pilasters and heavy molded entablatures with dentils and modillions. The Palladian windows on either side of the entry include an arched entablature with keystone. The side windows are also elaborately detailed yet simpler versions. The cornice is a striking assemblage of dentil moldings and modillions that continue as a partial return in the side gables below which are paneled corner posts.  The front section exterior chimneys are constructed of Flemish bond. The rear section is said to be a much earlier 18th century dwelling that was joined to the house in the 19th century and was further renovated in 1942. Its original double-shouldered chimney, also of Flemish bond, remains.

Many of the exterior woodwork details are carried through to the interior, but with the addition of more intricate details.  The front entry hall door and the main (north) parlor continue the exuberant display of fluted Ionic pilasters, fanlights with delicate tracery, dentil moldings, and modillions. Paneled wainscot appears throughout the first floor center hall section. The doors off the entry hall into the two parlors may be the most elaborate with three-part molded frames topped by fluted Ionic consoles and a heavy dentil molded entablature framing an intricately carved floral motif. Other elements include a graceful stair accompanied by paneled wainscot, wave brackets, and a round handrail with simple balusters that terminate in square posts at each landing; three-part mantels with engaged colonnettes and gougework under the shelves with an incised floral design in the tablet; flat-panel wainscot; six-panel doors with hardware; and exquisite heart pine floors with boards spanning the full length of each spacious room. The earlier 18th century house that now serves as the rear addition includes an original Georgian mantel and a Palladian window taken from the rear façade of the front section.

The Dortch House was included in the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1940, appeared in the “Early Architecture of North Carolina” by Thomas T. Waterman with photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Dortch House is a remarkable assemblage of some of the finest detail found in North Carolina houses of this period. Its solid construction makes it an excellent candidate to move it to a site suggestive of its rural beginnings. Once re-located, the house can be rehabbed and new systems installed.  Estimates for moving the house will vary depending on distance and route.  A list of movers is available.

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This University Park landmark has been meticulously restored above and beyond any home of this vintage. From the stunning front portico to the first floor master addition this home shouts quality and luxury. The finishes, the restored antique lighting sourced from around the globe, stunning marbles, bench made cabinetry.. no expense was spared. The choice of historically correct materials only add to the luster of this fine home. Homes such as this only come on the market once in a lifetime!

Located between the majestic Cape Fear River and beautifully restored downtown Fayetteville, the Cong. Walter B. Jones, Sr. Birthplace (also known as the Jones-Bruton House) is well situated to serve as an attractive office or retail establishment. It serves as a rare intact example of the turn of the 20th century homes built for the city’s successful merchants.

Area Information

Fayetteville is located in the Sandhills of NC, is the county seat of Cumberland County and is best known as the home of Fort Bragg. It was incorporated in 1783 and named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. It has received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League three times, and is the 5th most populous city in NC. There are many attractions, including the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Museum of the Cape Fear, the NC Veterans Park and the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. Fayetteville is only about an hour from Raleigh, 90 minutes from Wilmington and less than 2 hours to many of the beautiful beaches along the coast.

Architectural & Historical Information

This turn of the 20th century cottage combines attractive Queen Anne and Colonial Revival detailing. Among the last few remaining turn of the 20th century houses built on Person St. for Fayetteville’s merchant class, it is notable for its retention of original features such the large 2-over-2 windows, expansive porch with Doric columns, decorative gable vents, and tall chimneys with brick corbelling. Interior features include four fireplaces with two intact mantels, high ceilings in spacious rooms, attractive tongue and groove beaded wainscot with chair rail, and wood floors throughout.

Built by the Jones family in 1909, Congressman Walter B. Jones, Sr. was born there in 1913. He was elected to the NC legislature in 1955 and elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1966 until his death in 1992. Jones Sr. was one of the longest serving Congressman in American history (learn more about him by clicking here).  His son, Walter B. Jones, Jr. is currently the Representative for NC’s 3rd congressional district, and is the longest serving member of North Carolina’s current Congressional delegation (more information about him is available by clicking here). Later occupants included Eugene and Halma Bruton who ran Bruton’s Food Center. Local residents remember a later occupant, possibly a renter of the Bruton’s, who kept a pet monkey in the enclosed porch room adjacent to B Street where passersby could view it. It was known as “the monkey room.”

For several years the house was the site of a successful antique shop. Located just two blocks from Fayetteville’s vibrant downtown and within view of the courthouse, it would make a fine law office or shop. The property is close to many area points of interest including the picturesque Cape Fear Botanical Garden, the Transportation and Local History Museum, and Museum of the Cape Fear.

The house will require a complete rehabilitation including all new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. The floor system shows signs of foundation issues.

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This sweet early 20th century cottage is ready for a rehab! This would be a manageable rehabilitation project, and the end result would garner high ceilings, spacious rooms, wood floors and nice mantels in a walkable and charming small town!

Area Information

Spencer is a forward-thinking North Carolina Small Town Main Street City that offers the many pleasantries and amenities of a small village atmosphere, yet it is within easy access to I-85 and larger nearby urban centers such as Charlotte (45 minutes), Winston-Salem (45 minutes), Greensboro(one hour), and Lexington (30 minutes). An Amtrak station is just 3 miles away in Salisbury. Nearby attractions include the North Carolina Transportation Museum, Wil-Cox Pedestrian Bridge, and historic downtown Salisbury. Also nearby are several parks, including Dan Nicholas Park and Stanback Forest (also known as Spencer Woods), a 56-acre natural area with walking trails.

Architectural and Historical Information

This one story 5 room, 3 Bedroom 1 bath, L—plan frame cottage with projecting front gabled bay, pressed metal roof and porch set into ell, was associated with the railroad and was built ca. 1907 . It has built-in charm inside including a central hallway, high ceilings, spacious rooms, hardwood floors, and some nice decorative mantels.

But the outside has been covered over by unsympathetic vinyl siding and replacement windows which made it a “ non contributing” structure in the district . While it is currently listed as a non-contributing structure, there is a good possibility that with the removal of the siding and re-installation of appropriate period windows that its designation could be changed to contributing, thus opening up the door for the NC historic rehabilitation tax credits. There is some structural damage in one of the bedrooms due to water damage; the house requires a complete rehabilitation.

Regardless, the house holds great promise as a wonderful starter home or for a family with small children or someone seeking to downsize it to a more manageable lifestyle. The home is priced well below its tax value of $56,614.

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Built by R J Reynolds executive, this remarkable Stone Manor House situated on 1.69 acres in prime Buena Vista location. Amazing quality and unique design create an unimaginable showplace. Beautifully maintained and refreshed with updated baths, recent Thyssen Krupp elevator, English style kitchen w/ pine cabinets & a full array of high end appliances, elegant master suite, lower level family room with fireplace opens to terrace, formal dining and adjacent screened dining porch, high powered generator, detached garage with guest quarters.

Surrounded on two sides by Tryon Palace historic site and gardens in New Bern NC sits the Richardson House, a second empire duplex house built in 1903. Besides its wonderful location in the New Bern historic district, the dominant feature of the Richardson House is the deck on hip roof with its diminutive gabled dormers rising from a simple bracketed cornice that encloses more than 5,000 sq. ft. of interior space.

While currently being used as a 4-plex, there are many possibilities for its use such as owner occupancy in half the building, neighborhood business and B&B. With the low per square foot price, the potential is unlimited. There is also the possibility for federal and state tax credits.

An amazing historic property that has been lovingly and meticulously restored, the Burt-Woodruff-Cooper house maintains the character of its age. Built in 1923, the stately federal two-story shows gorgeous wide-planked heart pine floors, 11′ ceilings on the main level, gracious family rooms, original oversized windows drawing an abundance of natural light, and six fireplaces (two working). The house comprises five bedrooms with potential main level bedroom or office, back breakfast room/sunroom overlooking scenic flat pastures, tin roof, two outbuildings and a barn. 3422 square feet with updated plumbing, electrical, HVAC. Option to purchase 10 acres additionally. Truly a unique opportunity!

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 The historic Burt-Woodruff-Cooper House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Enjoy a beautiful setting and small-town life as you rehab this Neoclassical Revival home! Tucked away in the quiet community of Asbury, near Mount Airy and in the rolling foothills, you can relax on the wrap-around front porch of this impressive abode, after completing a hike at one of the nearby state parks.

Area Information

Opportunities for outdoor recreation and libations abound in the foothills of NC! With Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park both only 16 miles away, and Stone Mountain State Park 60 miles, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for day trips from the historic Smith-Simmons House. Additionally, Jessup Mill offers lots of recreational activities, including fishing and tubing on the Dan River (click here for information provided by the Dan River Basin Association). The property is also located close to several wineries, including Old North State Winery and Round Peak Vineyards! Also nearby is charming downtown Mount Airy, of “The Andy Griffith Show” television fame (13 miles), and home to several restaurants and businesses. The Smith-Simmons House is only 40 miles from Winston-Salem, 60 miles from Greensboro (and PTI Airport), 75 miles from Blacksburg (VA), and about 2 hours to Boone, Blowing Rock and skiing in the mountains of NC!

Architectural and Historical Information

Local tradition relates that in the late nineteenth century Walter Smith built a simple late Victorian two-story frame house on this prominent corner in the hilly terrain in the Asbury Community in Northwest Stokes County. It had a low hip roof, interior chimneys, and a center hall stair. The parlor of Smith’s house retains a sophisticated Victorian paneled mantel and mirrored overmantel, one of the finest examples of its type in Stokes County according to architectural historian Laura Phillips.

Around 1908, G.L “Gus” Simmons purchased the house and converted it to an impressive Neoclassical Revival style dwelling that architecturally dominates the Asbury community. Simmons expanded the house in front, adding a new parlor with bay window and a large reception hall with stair along the north wall. He also built a one story wrap around porch with tapered paneled posts set on brick plinths and a two story central Doric portico with paired columns and full Classical entablature. The house appears all the more monumental because of its location on a tree surrounded corner of Asbury’s primary crossroads.

The house sits at an elevation of 1,287 and is on a slight knoll. There is a view of the surrounding mountains and foothills.

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1830’s log cabin on 39.7 ac. in Franklin, NC. Kitchen, living room with fireplace, 1/2 bath downstairs. Bedroom and small full bath upstairs. Large covered front porch & screened side porch. Very private. Needs repairs. Property has at least three other good building sites and a very small spring fed pond.

Join the revitalization of one of NC’s most walkable small town Main Streets! The historic Spencer Theater was built around 1919 and is located in the heart of Spencer’s National Register District (click here to see the National Register nomination). It is waiting on a renewed purpose and is an easy walk to nearby shops, adjoining historic neighborhoods, churches, the library and parks. The NC Transportation Museum is within view!

Area Information

Spencer is a forward-thinking North Carolina Small Town Main Street City that offers the many pleasantries and amenities of a small village atmosphere, yet it is within easy access to I-85 and larger nearby urban centers such as Charlotte (45 minutes), Winston-Salem (45 minutes), Greensboro(one hour), and Lexington (30 minutes). An Amtrak station is just 3 miles away in  Salisbury. Nearby attractions include the North Carolina Transportation Museum, Wil-Cox Pedestrian Bridge, and historic downtown Salisbury. Also nearby are several parks, including Dan Nicholas Park and Stanback Forest (also known as Spencer Woods), a 56-acre natural area with walking trails.

Architectural and Historical Information

Priced below tax value, this one story brick commercial structure with low gable front roof and stepped parapet façade was built ca. 1919 and is located in a block that is experiencing a renaissance of music-related businesses and there is plenty of on-street angled parking. Spencer’s unique alley system offers some interesting opportunities for developing this property.

The interior features highly distinctive Art Deco light fixtures, the original projection room and is laid out in a flexible way that offers many potential uses. It would make a great performance space to complement the growing music industry, an arts and crafts venue, a restaurant, or mixed use with retail and apartments. The floor plan makes for an easy transition to multiple possible uses.

The building will need a complete rehab including new electric, plumbing and HVAC systems as well as extensive interior rehab. It is currently eligible for the Federal 10% historic rehabilitation tax credits but could also be eligible for the North Carolina Main Street Solutions Grant or the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rehab Building program as well as business loan guarantees through the North Carolina Rural Center’s program.

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This large, early farmhouse is bordered by cultivated fields and mature trees. It offers the best of rural eastern NC life, and is convenient to much of eastern NC via 64. The Sherrod-Best-Fleming House is only about 30 minutes from the city of Greenville and 20 minutes from the charming town of Tarboro. It is located in the Conoho Creek National Register District (click here to see the nomination).

Area Information

Rural Martin County has many charming towns and rural back-roads, along with a unique and interesting history. Here, you can visit the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy a trip down the river with Roanoke River Partners, camp, hunt, fish, visit the Fort Branch Civil War Site, and learn about the history of the county with the Martin County Historical Society. Oak City is only 20 minutes from Tarboro, 30 minutes from Greenville, 35 minutes from Rocky Mount, and less than an hour and a half from both Raleigh and New Bern.

Architectural and Historical Information

The Sherrod-Best-Fleming House is a large, two-story frame home with a gable roof flanked by two gable-end brick chimneys. The three-bay façade features pared sets of 9/9 windows on the first floor and three 6/6 windows on the second floor with a gable-front portico with massive nine-panel door topped by a five-light transom. There is also a large ell on the rear of the house with two interior chimneys and an engaged screen porch on the east side of the house. This historic house will require a complete rehabilitation. It is situated among cultivated fields, and additional acreage around the house is available for purchase, if desired (5+ acres).

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The John A McKay House was built in 1910 next to his former factory recognized as one of the first manufacturing facilities in Harnett County. Previously a residence patterned after his grandfather’s house, this 2 story “Southern Colonial” was bought through Preservation NC and restored as a full service restaurant. Its downtown location and multi-use zoning makes this building ideal for nearly any kind of business or residence. Other than some cosmetic restoration on the 2nd floor, the magnificent building is beautifully restored and generating revenue.

The historic John A. McKay House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Historic church built in 1930, (5,136 sq ft) with a large beautiful sanctuary on the first floor, with many beautiful stained glass windows. The masonry work is excellent and there is parking in the rear. In addition to the church there is a two story parsonage next door, (2,030 sq ft), built in 1930 which is currently used as a rental. Behind the church there is a large Fellowship Hall (3,116 sq ft) with a large kitchen, storage, an office and two rest rooms. This package has lots of opportunities.

New 2016 red metal Roof *New 2016 windows * Tankless water heater* New sump pump* Newer HVAC units*Rare opportunity – circa 1870 farm house on the National Register. ‘Kinchen Holloway House’ 1573 restored sq ft w/2 BR/1.5 BA*living rm w/built-in bookcases*formal dining*heart pine flrs throughout*eat-in kitchen*4 working fireplaces*screened porch*beautiful patio that overlooks Eno State Park land that surrounds two sides of property*walk to the river*flrd attic provides storage*A must see on 1.79 acres*

This is your rare opportunity to own a piece of downtown Raleigh history “The Caveness House,” built in 1916 as the Caveness family home, completely renovated as a modern office with respect for the homes history. Large bright, open rooms, magnificent hardwoods, high ceilings, 2 stair cases, modern electrical and HVAC, original working pocket doors, 4000 sf of office on .37 acres at the corner of Hillsborough and Woodburn. Plenty of on site parking and a detached 2 car garage.

Greek Revival plantation home on a gorgeous 19-acre raised-knoll in the NC Roanoke River Valley region. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Magnolia Plantation was built in 1842 and has large rooms, heart pine flooring, large original six-over-six sash windows, unique wishbone staircase, formal double-leaf entrance, & 10 fireplaces. The 35-yr roof was installed in 2012, new HVAC up and down, 2 guest cottages/support buildings, 92×40 wired barn with cement floor, spectacular 100-yr Live Oak. Scotland Neck is an “Outdoor Paradise” with recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing and water sports. This property is perfect for a residence, small farm, event venue or corporate retreat. Move in beautiful! Don’t wait a minute longer to begin the conversation! Contact me today!

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c. 1852 (Former) Bethania Moravian Church Parsonage. Local Historic Landmark frame house in an idyllic setting. Relocated to this lot in 1964. Features include 5 fireplaces, updated kitchen and baths, beautiful wood floors, high ceilings, some original slate and great light. Full basement has lots of potential and excellent workshop areas. Neighbors describe this home as “immaculate and turnkey home on the quietest street in Historic Bethania”. Taxes are half.

Built in 1925, this home is only one of a few of the iconic grande dames of Hayes Barton. Located on a quiet internal street; the large nearly half-acre lot with a huge side yard offers ample opportunity to increase the size and alter the layout of this classic home. There is a large two-car detached garage with lots of storage. Attic and basement have been finished with full baths. Lovingly maintained, this home affords many options for the fortunate owners who will see her into her second century.

One of a kind historic home in gated golf course community w/beautiful mountain & golf course views & immense charm sited on 5.1 acres. Complete renovation, large rooms, high ceilings, wood & tile floors, multiple fireplaces, wonderful eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, custom built-ins, butlers pantry, 2 Master Suites, 4-season room, office/study, wrap-around porches, patios, detached guest cottage, beautiful massive barn & garages for 5 cars.

Beautifully updated & appointed, the Garland-Buford house holds an incredible place in NC history. Built c. 1832, this fine country home has 2.37 acres of beautiful landscaping; boasts intricate wood workings inside & out by Master Craftsman Thomas Day; and was used as a Civil War hospital. Beautiful English kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless appliances, custom cabinetry and stone flooring. Original heart-pine flooring throughout most of house. Dining, living & family rooms. Two enormous central halls. Modern master bath has cast-iron, roll-top bathtub and historic replica fixtures. Amazing stairworks. Swimming pool, hot tub, porches & decks, detached pool house/office and wired workshop. Featured in Country Living, Money, and Smithsonian magazines. Also, don’t miss our Open House from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, August 30. 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 3,744 sq.ft., 2.37 acres, $412,000.

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Haven’s Mill is a scenic waterfront property located on the Historic Waterfront in Washington, NC. The property consists of 1.34 Acres with approximately 330 feet of bulk head, deep water frontage along the Pamlico River. Zoned B1H the site can accommodate many uses that would complement the historic buildings located thereon.

The historic Haven’s Mill (1928) is a multi-story facility with panoramic views of historic downtown, the waterfront and the river. With much of the original equipment inside the Mill is an ideal facility for redevelopment into a residential structure, brewery or restaurant or a mixed use facility with retail and residential. The unique structure hosts beautiful woodwork and old mill equipment that harken to a time of a bustling waterfront busy with commerce. Room for boat slips on the waterfront adds to the functionality and utility of the site for many future uses.

The property also has a beautiful waterfront house (1875) that is in excellent condition and could easily be renovated to a true showplace in Washington. The views are excellent and the access to downtown shopping, restaurants, the waterfront park and neighbors make the home a tremendous attribute to the overall site.

Other buildings include the station on Main Street which is an ideal location for a gift shop, ice cream parlor, candy store and or many other retail uses. There is an old boathouse onsite adjacent to the Mill which could be incorporated into the renovation of the mill and utilized by future residences of the property. There remains extra land on the site to accommodate parking, access and future development to enhance the utility of the site for the next owner.

Whether you want landside access or you come by boat, The Haven’s Mill Property provides many excellent opportunities for a future development. Put your imagination to work and envision an exciting development on Washington’s Waterfront that will incorporate the historic significance of the property and its buildings and offer unique amenities for future users.

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This Edenton beauty, known as the Cullen and Elizabeth Jones House, ca 1810, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is Chowan County’s only known antebellum log house still standing. It served as Rocky Hock’s Post Office from 1894 through 1906, and transformation into the coastal cottage it is today happened around 1900. Major updates in 2003-2004 include new architectural roof, HVAC (gas pack/natural gas), kitchen, and baths. 1st floor Owner Suite. Two beautiful covered porches welcome you and guests. Described in the book Between the River and the Sound** written by Thomas R Butchko and Bradley A Barker. Located just minutes from Historic Edenton, “The South’s Prettiest Little Town”, established in 1712, featuring nearly three centuries of outstanding architecture along scenic Edenton Bay and the Albemarle Sound. Boasting numerous listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Discover more about Edenton at Come join us! Learn more about the house at

Every so often the opportunity comes along to purchase of historic gem. The Liberty Point building in Downtown Fayetteville is a 4,500+ SF brick structure built circa 1791 and was the location of the signing of the Liberty Point Resolves, a predecessor to the Declaration of Independence. The building has been restored to its former glory and is currently used as office space. Its downtown location and proximity to the courthouse make it ideal for many professional uses particularly law firms. The first floor has entrances on both Person St and Bow St. Each floor has numerous private offices, conference rooms, and restrooms. There is also a finished (unheated) attic above. The property and Liberty Row were added to the National Register of Historic Places in August 1973 (Reference #73001331).

The Liberty Point building is located in historic Downtown Fayetteville where Person St and Bow St meet. It is adjacent to the Cumberland County Courthouse and surrounded by many restaurants and retail. There is on-street parking on both sides of the building as well as pay per house surface lots nearby.

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The Pippen House is a true architectural masterpiece located in the Historic District on Tarboro’s picturesque Main Street. This small, welcoming community in eastern North Carolina offers a lot for a small town: fishing or paddling on the Tar River, playing nine holes of golf or enjoying a great meal downtown.

The grand interior of this 5 bedroom, two-story Victorian home has spacious rooms, marble and slate fireplaces, beautiful moldings, heart pine floors, period light fixtures/chandeliers, built-ins, sunroom, 4 covered porches, patio, and fenced backyard on an 0.86 acre landscaped lot. This property is ready for you to move into and apply your personal touches at your own pace.

The Pippen House, also known locally as the Pippen-Staton House, is without question the finest example of post-Civil War Victorian Italianate architecture in Tarboro and the surrounding region. Built by William Mayo Pippen (1830-1889), this large old mansion, unofficially known locally as “Pippen’s Palace”, sits on an unusually large lot which originally encompassed the entire block. Its elaborate design and similarities to the few other comparable North Carolina houses, especially in Raleigh, strongly suggest that G.S.H. Appleget was the architect and builder. He was one of North Carolina’s leading architects just after the Civil War, having moved to the state in 1869 after a successful career designing buildings in New York, Philadelphia and other large northern cities. Appleget houses, if they still remain, are often the largest and finest of the Victorian houses in the older, wealthier towns and cities of central and eastern North Carolina.

Mr. Pippen, a wealthy merchant and planter, bought the original 2-acre lot on Main Street in September of 1879 from John L. Bridgers, owner of the nearby Blount-Bridgers House. Although the public tax records indicate construction in 1874, this does not appear possible or likely based on the lot purchase date. The house is shown clearly on Gray’s Map of Tarboro, published in 1882. Based on this information, the best construction date, assuming a two-year building period, would be circa 1881. William Pippen died in 1889, and his wife, Mary Harrison Powell Pippen, passed away in 1897. Just after the death of Mrs. Pippen, the property was acquired by another prominent Tarboro citizen, Henry L. Staton, a respected local attorney, and remained in his family well into the second quarter of the 20th century.

The exterior of the house which has magnificent detailing was carefully and thoroughly restored in 2014, including: repaired slate roof, replaced standing seam roof, replaced built-in gutters and downspouts, repaired or replaced soffit, modillions, arched windows, and all trim work on house and porches, repaired and reglazed all windows, removed all lead-based paint, documented original paint colors and striped, sanded, primed and painted the exterior. There are four porches with handsome and bold chamfered posts with brackets and ornamental, molded and applied tops. Balusters are equally bold and have the look of crafted urns. The use of decorative bulls’ eyes, baluster pilasters, modillion blocks, dentil work and assorted applied woodwork can be found in abundance on all sides of the house. Of particular significance are the projecting bay windows where all of these elements are incorporated into a stunning display of Victorian decoration. Window tops are arched, and unusual, delicate flower petal round windows are found in the gables.

The front doors are the most exceptional in the region. It is hard to describe the high level of detailed woodwork, with the beautiful rectangular, cut glass inset panels of floral swirling designs. Above the double doors are two equally detailed tear drop transom windows with the same beautiful, early Art Nouveau etched patterns – all in perfect condition. Another major architectural feature of regional prominence is the multi-patterned, polychrome original slate roof that features flower designs and patterns in varying colors of slate.

Upon entering the ornate, etched glass double doors, one immediately sees one of Tarboro’s most beautiful and gracefully curving staircases, with a massive multi-sided newel post and turned balusters. Almost all of the rooms in the house, including the stair hall, have their original, early electric chandeliers. Behind the stairs is a great small space or inglenook for quiet contemplation. The stair hall becomes narrower behind the stair case and leads through the entire house, and provides access to a small half bath with one of the greatest period sinks to be found anywhere and to a wonderful smaller room perfectly suited for use as a home office. Extensive storage closets and cupboards line the hallway to the back of the house.

Downstairs there is the magnificent front parlor with an intricately carved Eastlake marble mantel made with both black and brown stone. The huge chandelier is silver plated, and all of the floor length windows have their original or very early plantation shutters. This is true of all windows in the original portion of the house. The front bay window is large enough to accommodate a grand piano, and between the two side windows is the original, ornate black Eastlake pier mirror that has always been in that location. The mirror has always conveyed with the house. Very large, heavy and molded plaster cornices and large foliated plaster ceiling medallions are not only in the formal parlor, but throughout most of the downstairs rooms. The same is true of the etched, pattern glass transom windows over each doorway.

Behind the parlor is the former gentlemen’s parlor with its original black stone mantel with its curved firebox and the original, very ornate chandelier. Although the room is currently in use as a dining room, it could have a variety of uses, such as a more informal den or library. Behind the former gentlemen’s parlor is a massive room with a large bay window. An opening to the beautiful north porch is just to the east of the bay window. This was the original dining room, and is of a size for large-scale entertaining. This room is adjacent to the very large kitchen located at the rear of the house.

On the south or right side of the stair hall is a large downstairs bedroom with adjoining full bath. This room also has a large bay window facing south and another handsomely carved marble mantel. This one is white with simple detailing. Again, heavy plaster crown moldings and a large ceiling medallion adorn this room as in all of the other major downstairs rooms. The south side of the house also has a large and expansive side porch accessible from several rooms.

Upstairs are three bedrooms. Two have attached full baths. The large windows in these rooms have unusual arched tops, and with the number and size of the windows, all of the bedrooms have superior lighting and great views of the beautiful yard and massive magnolia trees below. The mantels in the three upstairs rooms were unfortunately removed at some point, but could be replaced with simpler wooden mantels of the period.

The yard of this Victorian mansion is enormous to be in the center of Tarboro. It is well known throughout the region for the huge magnolia trees that totally surround the house on all three street sides of the property. This offers an unusual degree of privacy for such a large house in town. A low brick wall also defines the property on all sides.

The Pippen House is within both the locally protected Tarboro Historic Zoning District and the Tarboro National Register Historic District. As a contributing structure in a National Register Historic District, costs for appropriately renovating this single family residential structure will qualify for a North Carolina income tax credit. For income producing properties, such as a bed and breakfast inn, a Federal tax credit is also possible.

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Constructed in 1930, this former hotel building offers three floors of space in the heart of Manteo on North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks. The Hotel Fort Raleigh could once again become a busy hotel, with possibilities for a spa on the first floor and rooms above, or a special events venue with condos or hotel rooms on the upper floors.

Area Information

Manteo is a quaint fishing village on Roanoke Island in the famed Outer Banks of NC. The town wraps around Shallowbag Bay on the eastern side of the island, and visitors are welcome in this walkable town with unique shopping and laid-back restaurants serving fresh, local seafood along downtown’s busy but beautiful waterfront. Roanoke Island is the origin of the English colonization of America, and features many attractions that explore one of the world’s greatest mysteries.  Probably the most famous of these is the nation’s oldest outdoor symphonic drama, The Lost Colony. Other local attractions include the Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Island Farm and the Elizabethan Gardens.

Architectural and Historical Information

The Hotel Fort Raleigh is a plain, three-story, eight-bay brick building (stretcher bond) with low hip roof and 1/1 windows. It originally featured a one-story projecting Mission Revival entrance with a distinctive parapet that was expanded on both sides with one-story additions. Excepting the the original center façade and parapet the brick has been covered with a thin stucco application. It was conceived by Carson Creef and Claude Duvall and constructed by contractors Harry Lawrence and Robert E. L. Scarborough for $50,000 with money from mainland Dare County’s moonshine industry. At the time of its construction, it was a modern marvel and landmark to East Lake Prohibition rye whiskey.  Shortly after the hotel opened Creef was arrested for bootlegging and the building was purchased in 1941 by Malcome K. Fearing who ran it for many years. The building most recently served as the Dare County Administrative Building, as Manteo is the county seat. The lot size is equivalent to the footprint of the building and is zoned B-I.

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Close to Kinston and only 30 miles to Greenville, this beautiful, historic home is ideally located in a small, friendly town, rooted in agriculture and rich in history with many fine homes in the NR district. The large, level yard offers numerous possibilities for gardening, a playhouse and backyard sports, or workshop space. Although the house will require a complete rehabilitation, it exudes style and the craftsmanship is apparent in its inlaid wood floors, carved walnut stairs, stained glass windows and more!

Area Information

La Grange is a small eastern North Carolina town with rural surroundings and beautiful historical homes nestled among modern influences. Today, it has a population of about 2,800 and is also known as the “Garden Spot” because of the beautiful vegetation in the area. Modern day La Grange is still a quaint and pretty town. Supported by Highway 70 and the railroad and with a charming personality and historic roots, La Grange is experiencing residential growth and is poised for prosperity. It is less than 15 miles to Kinston and Goldsboro, 36 miles to Greenville and a little over an hour to Raleigh and Morehead City.

Architectural Information

Heavily ornamented outside and inside, the large two-story Hadley-Mayes House has a gable-and-wing form. It reflects the Italianate-style with its narrow, paired windows, double-doors and decorative brackets while also exhibiting textbook Queen Anne features including irregular massing, two-story bay window, wraparound porch with turned posts, stained glass windows and wonderful German siding. From its wide entrance hall with massive stairs and colonnade to its seven fireplaces, it bespeaks elegance. The palatial rooms with high ceilings and large, multiple windows of yesterday will appeal to today’s design sensibilities for light and space in this special home. It could be large family home, home/office combination or possibly a B&B (the zoning does currently allow for a B & B). The rehabilitation of this home was started but must be finished–to include all new systems, updated kitchen and bathrooms.

It is surrounded by well-kept buildings (the LaGrange Arts Center is two doors down) in a small town with lovely historic residential, commercial and religious buildings. The Hadley-Mayes House is a contributing structure in the LaGrange National Register District and is distinguished by its deep, slightly elevated lot.

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Completely renovated in 2013-14, the Milton State Bank is a Greek Revival/Italianate building, c.a. 1860. It served a dual purpose as a bank and private residence during the Civil War. Exquisite moldings believed to have been done by Thomas Day. Potential for commercial use, private residence, or combination of both. Building has the original banking rooms and vault, a street-side entrance, and an elaborate porch at the residential-side entrance. New metal roof, new HVAC, and upgraded electrical and plumbing. Guest house, barn, and outbuildings.

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BREATHTAKING PLANTATION HOME IN OXFORD! Built in circa 1800, the Oak Lawn Plantation is one of Granville County’s few former plantations that offers the largest and earliest surviving collection of structures in the county. This stunning plantation setting located near the Oxford Park development and just minutes from the town of Oxford offers the peace and tranquility you are looking for and resides on the National Register of Historic Places.

MLS# 2012097

The grounds are magnificent as towering oaks and hardwoods line the drive coming in. The most widely used adjective to describe the Oak Lawn Plantation by most visitors remains to be BREATHTAKING! Situated on over 14 acres, the grounds are well maintained and would be an ideal wedding facility site. Outdoor gardens frame the back of the home and there are multiple outbuildings including the old smokehouse, barn, pack-house, former dwelling, former kitchen and so much more!

The interiors resound with many of the original Federal and Georgian style features and the beautiful hardwoods, 12 foot ceilings, 8 fireplaces and so much more make this a classic you’ve got to see! Some of the furniture can be purchased as well!

There is a nice sized screened in porch on the back of the house and wildlife abounds on the land. The 9 stall horse barn could be restored to create the ideal horse farm and plantation setting!

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Relax and enjoy the serenity of the western North Carolina mountains from the porch swing of this fully restored historic log house. Located only 15 minutes from Western Carolina University this warm and inviting well maintained log house is a perfect vacation getaway location or rental cabin for university events or an outdoorsman’s base of operations. Nearby mountain streams, rivers and lakes provide excellent opportunities for trout fishing, swimming and whitewater canoeing. The Great Smoky National Park and Cherokee are only 45 minutes away.

Area Information

Close by are the towns of Cullowhee, home of Western Carolina University, Sylva (the county seat and a North Carolina Main Street community), Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Dillsboro and the popular historic Jarrett House Inn and restaurant.

Architectural and Historical Information

Tom’s cabin was built prior to 1840 near Newport, Tennessee on the old Buncombe turnpike that opened in 1827 to provide access for farmers of Tennessee and western NC to the market towns of Columbia, Greenville and Augusta. When built it was typical of the well crafted log homes which the early setters of the area constructed for their first homes and reminiscent of building techniques brought to the area by the Scotch-Irish settlers who had traveled the Shenandoah valley route to the south, bringing with them building techniques inherited from the Germans and the Swedes. Over 176 years old, this log house with half dovetailed notches and almost unheard of by today’s standards 22’” wide, 5” deep poplar logs. It was moved to its current location in the mid 1970’s where it was faithfully and meticulously restored and updated specifically to be low maintenance.

The cabin features a spacious great room with full height cathedral ceilings and skylights, peeled sapling loft supports, and twisted dogwood trunks serving as banisters for the steps leading to the cozy bedroom loft. The fireplace is a Buck Stove with thermostatically controlled fan with a door and window on the stove. A stainless steel liner was professionally installed in the chimney to handle the intense heat from the stove. The modern open plan kitchen exhibits warm, exposed pine cabinetry. The bathroom features a novel “sunken” claw foot tub. There is a small attached workshop that could be used for additional living space or possibly a small additional bedroom.

Other features of the property include a well-constructed detached wooden shed that has been used as a guest cottage, and an open boat shed.

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The DT Ward house was constructed circa 1901 on farmland in Tyner, NC. The Ward family lived in the house for approximately sixty years. They built a small brick house next to the farmhouse; costs of heating & maintaining the big house had become more than they could handle. The 2300 square foot farmhouse sat unoccupied for forty years. DT Ward’s daughter in law kept a watch on the place and was said to have chased away looters with a shotgun more than once. The original house was completely intact when Preservation North Carolina obtained the house in the late 1990’s. It was moved & restored by contractors Alex Klausmann & Delouis Wilson. The house retains its original framing, windows, doors, flooring, ceilings, stairs, and trim, but has new up to date mechanicals and electrical systems. The DT Ward house has been featured twice in This Old House magazine.

The historic D. T. Ward House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

The two-story Victorian house was built in 1887 and is the only known surviving and intact building of the former 1880s Davis Military Academy, a military preparatory school.

A domed tower dominates over the front entrance. The wrap-around porch is trimmed in decorative gingerbread molding. The double front doors with etched glass lead into a center foyer and hall which features a ships stern style screen and a 15-step staircase is anchored by a one piece carved walnut Newell Post.

Windows with stained glass surrounds are common to all the first floor rooms. Twin front parlors exhibit one with 4 large 10’ windows with pegged sashes and the other a bay window.

Two interior brick chimneys accommodate seven fireplaces, two with marble mantles. The house is zoned for heating/cooling (gas pack; gas logs; wood stove). Other features include heart pine floors throughout, decorative woodwork and raised panel doors. 12’ ceilings are common to most of the 3800 sq. ft. house. There are two full baths on the first floor and one full bath on the 2nd floor. The updated kitchen includes stainless steel appliances with soapstone kitchen countertops. All renovations and updates have been sensitive to the original personality of the house.

This very solid house retains its original slate roof along with a new (2010) terne tin porch roof. The property includes a two-car garage and a Smoke House. The spacious backyard is fenced and there is a large vegetable garden area.

The A.C. Davis house is listed on the National Historical Register. LaGrange is located 75 miles to Raleigh and 75 miles to the coast.


Renovation is complete for this two-story Italianate house designed by noted New Jersey architect G. S. H. Appleget. Built in 1885 it is located on a prime downtown corner lot surrounded by lush, historic landscaping. An older cabin already on the property and dating from the early 1800’s was used as the kitchen connected by a breezeway and is still part of the house today and is itself possibly the oldest structure in Mount Olive. During most of the 20th century, the house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peele Holmes. Mr. Holmes founded the North Carolina Camellia Society and created new varieties still growing on the grounds today.

The house features fine details including a bracketed cornice with double drops, original 2-over-2 windows, paneled wainscot, 4 original mantels with metal surrounds, original molded handrails, balustrade with turned balusters, a turned newel post and decorative scroll work. The center hall floor plan features a living room with fireplace, dining room with fireplace, master bedroom with fireplace and private bath, laundry room, half bath, a large kitchen/den/breakfast room and a mud room on the first floor. The upstairs has a spacious hall and three large bedrooms, each with a fireplace. There are two full baths and two half baths, one each upstairs and downstairs. Most of the flooring in the two-story Italianate is original heart pine except for main hallway and master bedroom, which are 1920-era tongue-in-grove oak. The back part of the house is floored with 1880’s era recovered tongue-in-grove oak from the old Northeast FW Baptist church. Work includes:
– Exterior painting complete.
– All interior painting complete
– All floors sanded and refinished
– Completely new electrical wiring though out
– New upstairs and downstairs heating and a/c units and ducting
– 95% new plumbing (original fixtures retained where possible)
– Original: wood paneling and molding, staircase, newel post, balustrade with balusters, fireplaces, mantels, wood floors, doors, windows, etc. have been retained everywhere possible and refinished. Missing or broken elements replaced in kind
– Rotted or damaged structural members and siding have been replaced.
– New roofing (replaced shingles with shingles)
– The fireplaces are not safe for use and are NOT being repaired in the current rehab effort.

Area Information

Mount Olive is the second largest town in Wayne County and located just south of Goldsboro. At the last census Mount Olive boasted 4,756 residents, but the population within a 10- mile radius is approximately 35,000. Beaches, museums, historic sites, state parks, the Civil War corridor, and the capital city of Raleigh are within easy driving distance. Each year on the last full weekend in April, Mount Olive celebrates its agribusiness heritage with the NC Pickle Festival – one of the best-known festivals in the state. For more information on the area, visit or

The historic Flowers-Wooten-Holmes House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Constructed approximately 1800, just before the bridge to Harkers Island. Neighborhood boat ramp easily accesses Bogue sound, with a short boat ride to Shackleford Island national park island and Beaufort Inlet. Income-producing property through VRBO, see listing #413888. Renovation essentially complete. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, full width front porches on first and second floors, screened back porch. Nice opportunity to have a beach house with proven income.

The historic Chadwick House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

1938 Craftsman Home in NC Coast fishing village….recent minor renovations including central air and heat, wiring, new roof, and paint highlight the features of this rustic gem. Some water views are possible, it is located in Davis,NC, right on the Core Sound shore….fig, pecan and apple trees are on property along with an old fish shack that can be used for storage……Downstairs bedroom with one bath, and two upstairs bedrooms, along with back porch addition set up for washer and dryer….Water treatment shed also on property…Boat ramp two minutes away…..

The late 18th Century Martin-Bazemore House is the oldest structure in the Woodville Rural Historic District, and is one of the oldest extant houses in Bertie County, a sporting and nature paradise with hunting, fishing, birding and boating all available nearby.  A significant amount of exterior rehab work has been completed on the house.

Area Information

Opportunities for recreation abound in Bertie County, as the Roanoke, Chowan and Cashie Rivers all pass through the county. You can also enjoy birding at the Sylvan Waterfowl Center in nearby Scotland Neck and canoeing at near-by Merchant’s Mill Pond. The area is rich in history, and close historical sites include: Hope Plantation, Port o’Plymouth Museum, Somerset Plantation, numerous historic attractions in Edenton, Newbold-White House, Tarboro, Murfreesboro and Historic Halifax. The Martin-Bazemore House is located about 16 miles from the county seat of Windsor in rural Bertie County, and is convenient to Tarboro and Greenville (approximately 35 minute drive) and Raleigh, the NC Outer Banks, and Tidewater Virginia (all approximately 1.5 hours/100 miles away). Click here for a downloadable brochure about the Woodville Rural Historic District and its houses.

Architectural & Historical Information

While the builder is unknown, the first known occupant was Peter Boyd Martin (1777-1838) who lived in the home during the early 19th Century. Purchased in 1912 from the heirs of Kenneth Bazemore by T.W. Griffin and C.B. Griffin, Sr., it was used as a rental house for most of the 20th Century. In 2001, the Griffin family deeded the overgrown, deteriorated house to Historic Woodville, Inc.

The Martin-Bazemore House is a 1 ½ story, side-gable, five-bay frame house with engaged front porch and gable-end chimney. Vacant since the 1970s, the house retains a great deal of original fabric including some original beaded siding, one surviving double-shouldered chimney in random common bond, molded cornice on the porch, heart-of-pine flooring, flat paneled wainscot, paneled doors, three-part molded surrounds, and four 9/6 windows. Originally a hall-and-parlor plan, the west parlor was moved and attached very early creating a center hall plan. During the early 20th century, a shed and breezeway was constructed connecting the detached (circa 1820) kitchen.

Thanks to Historic Woodville, Inc., a great deal of work has been done to the house and to the site including new plantings and a privacy fence. The exterior of the house has been painted and completely rehabilitated with a new roof and foundation, repairs made to the extant chimney, porch and siding, and restoration of the front porch balustrade. In addition, there is new wiring and a new half bath in place. Most importantly, the entrance hall and two front rooms of the house have been meticulously restored. The remaining house is a blank canvas—with multiple possibilities.

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Calling for creativity! This quaint but spacious church situated in the restive sandhills region among native longleaf pines would make a perfect artist retreat or weekend getaway.  Located only about ten miles from Pinehurst and Southern Pines, it could offer the best of both worlds for those who enjoy the peace and quiet of a “country” location, with all of the amenities offered by the nearby resort towns. Click here for examples of churches that have been used for renewed purposes.

Area Information

The quiet location of the church in Addor (now Pinebluff) is located in the Sandhills, an area formed by ancient sand dunes that divide the Piedmont and Coastal regions of North Carolina.  It is only about ten miles from Pinehurst and Southern Pines. Pinehurst, known as the “Cradle of American Golf”, is home to the famous Pinehurst Resort, The Country Club of North Carolina, numerous outdoor activities including golf, tennis and equestrian events, boutique shops, excellent restaurants, art and pottery galleries, and much more. Southern Pines also offers many modern conveniences, as well as historic attractions (such as the Shaw House and Weymouth) and a charming main street. Addor is less then an hour from Fayetteville, and just under two hours from Charlotte.

Architectural and Historical Information

This late-19th century church was constructed around the time the new town of Keyser was established on the Raleigh to Augusta Airline Railway around 1880. The name was changed to Addor in 1918.

The church has sustained a few changes during its long history including the addition of shingles and replacement front doors. The interior remains largely open space with wood floors, diagonal tongue and groove wainscot, and an octagonal apse on a raised platform, separated by a railing supported by turned balusters, and topped by a tongue and groove ceiling covered in brilliant blue paint. This rear section may have been added in the early 20th century.

Decorative features are simple yet attractive including variations of tongue and groove wainscot, ceilings, and a striking towers featuring pointed arch vents, metal shingle roof covering and an octagonal spire.

The Free Liberty Church will require a compete rehabilitation including all new systems and some restoration carpentry.

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The 4 bedroom 2 bath Williamson house is a lovely example of the Colonial Revival style. Notable exterior elements include the front one-story entrance porch with balustrade, a port corchere on the driveway side and a matching large side covered porch on the other, and a beautiful slate roof. The interior boast paired french entry doors, a large parlor with two pairs of french doors opening to porch.

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The historic Williamson House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Be a part of the Preservation Grand Slam in Gastonia!

With the home-run successes of the Loray Mill, Gaston Memorial Hospital and Armstrong Apartments, PNC is now seeking developers to score the next major project at the Arlington School.  Uses for this 50,000+ square foot building could include apartments, mixed use commercial, an agricultural center, institutional, college satellite space, arts and crafts related studios and businesses.

Area Information

The school is only 1.5 miles from downtown Gastonia; less than a mile from the Loray Mill project and Loray Mill Village; 18 miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport; and 27 miles to downtown Charlotte.
Gastonia has been named an All American City and is experiencing a positive influx of growth and attention associated with Charlotte’s burgeoning economy.

Architectural and Historical Information

Erected in 1922 and expanded in 1944 and 1949, the Arlington School is a substantial, two story red brick Neo-Classical building housing a gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, auditorium and classrooms. It was originally built to serve several mill villages of the Arlington, Gray, Parkdale, and Mutual cotton mills in west Gastonia. There were thirteen schools in the Gastonia system in 1930 and now only Central School, Gastonia High School (both restored and used) and Arlington School survive.

Of these survivors only the Arlington School was associated with the cotton mills and villages that were instrumental to the development of Gastonia. The building will need a new roof immediately and a full rehabilitation.

The school is currently on the Study List for the National Register of Historic Places which would make it eligible for federal tax credits. The school is priced far below the $890,000 tax value.

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The Old Gibsonville School is an excellent opportunity for redevelopment as condos, positioned perfectly within Alamance County’s booming housing market and only 17 miles from downtown Greensboro and 40 miles from Durham. Constructed in 1924 in the Colonial Revival-style, the Old Gibsonville School is a stately two-story building situated in a park-like setting on the edge of Gibsonville’s quaint downtown and a mile away from Elon University. Designed by Burlington architect Gustav Larsen, the school initially consisted of the front five bays with a stair tower at either end. Two-story wings were added in the 1930s creating a U-shape plan and an inner courtyard. The school was remodeled in the 1960s with metal windows and a more streamlined façade while retaining the classical front entrance with broken portico and urn finial. Another two-story wing was added to the rear north wing. There is a partial basement under the south side of the main building.

Several original features remain on the interior including wood floors, transom windows over several of the classroom doors, closets with doors that open vertically, plaster walls, and bathroom and water fountain fixtures on the second floor.

The school originally served children in first through eleventh grades. Kindergarten and 12th grade was added later. From 1973 until it closed in 2006, only the first floor was used for elementary school grades.

The building will require a complete rehabilitation including structural repairs, new roof, all new mechanical systems. The roof of the rear south wing has collapsed. The school is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is ideal for market-rate residential or other uses compatible with the adjacent new elementary school.

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Area Information

Gibsonville, known as the “City of Roses”, is a friendly, family-oriented community located in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, between Greensboro and Burlington and within close proximity to Elon University. With an estimated population of 6,706, Gibsonville offers a small town atmosphere to live, work, play, and raise a family while providing quick access to larger neighboring cities. The Town provides a variety of services such as police, fire protection, garbage collection, recyclables collection, water, sewer, streets, sidewalks, planning, parks and recreation, senior citizens programs, library, and cemetery. [Taken from ]

Hillman Barnes built this fine Greek Revival house around 1860 to replace a c.1830 house lost to fire. In 1919 Barnes’ grandaughter Nellie and her husband moved the house on logs to adjacent land carved out for them. They added the present two-story rear wing and updated a few of the fireplaces to more fashionable Craftsman mantels. The right front parlor remains the most original.

The house displays a variety of interesting achitectural features including mortise and tenon construction, wide overhanging eaves, corner fluted pilasters and molded caps, six over six windows with wide beaded architrave and molded backbands, and a fine six-paneled door with transom and sidelights. The entire house is covered in a well-maintained standing seam metal roof.

The house sits on land very near I-85 that is being developed into a corporate park and must be moved within the next few months.

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The Brown-Watkins House is on a beautiful, broadly shaded avenue in the charming small town of Oxford. Oxford is conveniently located only 30 minutes from Durham and less than 40 minutes to Research Triangle Park and this house would make a fine home with an easy commute, once the extensive rehab is complete.  College Street exemplifies the grand residences that were built for successful industrialists, tobacconists, merchants and professionals in turn-of-the-century Oxford. Proudly proclaiming itself as the “most beautiful village in the state” as early as 1830, Oxford grew into a bustling town that served as the center of education, culture and industry for the area. Today, the area north of downtown along College Street where the Brown-Watkins House is located continues to draw praise as an area where stylish homes and fine institutional buildings have been preserved.

Area Information

The Town of Oxford was described a century ago as one of the prettiest towns in the state, and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016. Today it remains an attractive example of small-town living with historic buildings situated on broad, beautifully shaded streets and a vibrant downtown. There are several locally-owned businesses, museums and cultural centers, and festivals and events year-round, including movie nights, Alive After Five events and a Farmer’s Market. Several parks and recreational amenities are located in or around Oxford with sports fields and leagues for adults and children, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, a skateboard park, and horseback riding. Access to five different lakes including Kerr Lake (20 minutes) and Lake Gaston (50 minutes) offer fishing and boating. Located only 30 minutes from Durham, Oxford is also convenient to Research Triangle Park (35 minutes), Brier Creek (35 minutes) and Raleigh (50 minutes), several colleges and universities, major medical centers, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (45 minutes).

Architectural and Historical Information

The Brown-Watkins House was built c.1911 during a building boom in Oxford. It is a stately two-story Colonial Revival house with some Queen Anne characteristics including the prominent two-story front entrance portico that is slightly off-center. The broad full-width front porch supported by simple Doric columns unifies the façade giving the house a more symmetrical appearance. Most striking is the modified Federal style front entrance with a fanlight above the door and sidelights comprised of engaged fluted pilasters, dentil molding, and beveled glass. The heavy paneled door and entrance was crafted by Robert Morgan, Sr., a talented local builder. A simplified version is repeated at the side entrance. Other exterior features include an oval window with keystones next to the second floor balcony door, a lunette window in the pedimented portico of the two-story porch, a hipped roof covered with pressed metal shingles supported by a wide cornice band, and wide overhanging eaves with built-in gutters.

The front door opens into a large gracious south parlor with tall ceilings, wide cornice molding, a corner fireplace with a classical mantel enhanced by brilliant tile in the surround with cast iron coal insert. Large fluted pilasters and Ionic column lead into the stair hall further enhanced by an open string staircase with molded rail terminating in a curve into the Ionic column. Two sets of pocket doors lead into the north parlor. Additional interior features include simple yet classical mantels, period light fixtures, push-button light switches, period bathroom fixtures, wood floors, and plaster walls. Some doors have transom windows. An interesting curved rear addition was added mid-century providing the family with a pleasant sunroom finished with pine paneling.

The Brown-Watkins House is situated on a rise along College Street under mature trees with remnants of an elegant garden including cast iron fence with gate, stone walls, sculptural birdbaths, concrete garden furniture and a mill stone. Among the outbuildings is a charming playhouse with Colonial Revival and Craftsman detail built by Robert Morgan, Sr. A substantial brick and wood 1.5 story garage with apartment is also finely detailed with 3-over-1 windows, carriage doors, and curved gable returns.

The Brown-Watkins House has remained vacant for several years and has suffered from neglect. However, it would be possible to rehab the garage and live in the apartment while working on the house. Once the rehab on the house is complete, the apartment over the garage could become an income-producing rental. Flashing around the chimneys has failed, causing leaks that have resulted in damaged plaster on some ceilings and walls. The porch and eaves have been damaged by failure of the built-in gutters. The house will require a complete rehabilitation including structural and other repair to interior plaster and ceilings, HVAC, electrical and plumbing updates, new kitchen and bathroom updates, restoration of the eaves and porches, and some flooring repair.

The house is a contributing structure in the Oxford Historic District.

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Be a part of the rejuvenation of one of Winston-Salem’s unique in-town National Register Historic districts!

Built ca. 1930, this interesting complex is one of the remaining “Y-plan stair” apartments for which Winston Salem has one of the largest known assembled collections. The “Y –plan stair“ apartment form is a unique African-American building type found in Winston-Salem. This particular building is believed to be the only expanded/modified eight bay version of its kind to exist in the city.

The North Cherry Street area was established in the 1920’s as a haven for Winston-Salem’s middle class black population and was home to a thriving community of teachers, entrepreneurs and business owners. . The “Y-plan stair” property type was developed in the 1930’s as an alternative rental option to the wooden frame shotgun houses of an earlier era. During the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s this particular apartment’s renters included many working class and domestics including butlers, maids, cooks and chauffeurs who served nearby estates.
This two story brick complex features:

  • Six apartments, each about 636 square feet
  • Six bays with a side gable on stepped parapet with “Y”-plan staircase
  • Double level porch with double height brick piers
  • Some original six over six double hung windows and some newer one over one replacement windows
  • Shed roof over central entry
  • Standing seam metal roof and exposed rafter tails and arches over stair entrances

A fire earlier this year has left the complex awaiting renewal, so extensive rehabilitation will be required.. As a contributing structure in the North Cherry Street National Register Historic District, it is eligible for the 20% Federal Rehabilitation tax credits for income producing properties.

Almost all of the other “Y –plan stair” apartment buildings on North Cherry Street have been rehabbed. Thanks to a coordinated and sustained effort by the City, Habitat for Humanity and private developers, the neighborhood itself has seen an infusion of rehabbed and new infill homes, new people and new ways to think about revitalizing neighborhoods. These efforts have been recognized both locally and nationally as a model for community revitalization

The apartment is only three miles from downtown Winston Salem, the skyline of which is readily visible from the porches of the apartments. It is strategically situated at the intersection of 14th and Cherry streets, and across the street is a recreational complex featuring tennis courts. Kimberly Park Elementary School is within easy walking distance . Wake Forest University, the Coliseum, Farmers Market and the Fairgrounds are all within close proximity. The neighborhood boasts great pedestrian walkways as well as public transportation.

Click here for a typical unit layout floorplan at 2026 N. Cherry Street

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The McCollum Farm is a remarkably intact early 19th century tobacco farm situated in the rolling foothills of Rockingham County between Madison and Wentworth. The property was part of the 18th century holdings of the Yours Family, early settlers on Jacob’s Creek, a tributary of the Dan River comprised of rich bottomland. One of the Yours daughters married James McCollum in 1807 and the land has remained in the family.

The original tall two-story log house is thought to have been built in the 1820s, but could be earlier according to some historians. It is constructed of hand hewn square-notched logs. A one and half story addition of similar construction was built in the 1840s next to the earliest section creating two rooms on the first floor separated by a center hall. A two-room rear ell was added to the back of the 1840s section around 1904 creating even more space. Additional exterior features include fieldstone chimneys with brick stacks, a later front porch, and a generous porch on the rear ell. The back porch behind the earliest section exhibits flush siding in an enclosed work space and remnant early clapboard siding that once protected the entire exterior.

The 1820s interior features an elegantly detailed Federal mantel, a primitive post and lintel mantel on the second floor, a winder staircase enclosed by a finely crafted board and batten door, and an interesting closet under the stairs with a board and batten door secured by an early intact wooden rim lock. Remnants of lime wash remain on the walls. There are two rooms on the second floor. Greek Revival-era details include hand-planed two-panel doors and simple post and lintel mantel in the parlor.

Early outbuildings, including a rare log slave house, a log smokehouse with dovecote and wooden salt trough, a granary, corn crib, curing barn, pack house, and a privy survive. The slave house and smokehouse are thought to be from the early 19th century. In May 2014 the McCollum Farm log slave house was included in The Slave Dwelling Project, an organization committed to identifying and assisting in the preservation of extant slave dwellings.

The log house will require extensive rehabilitation in the 1820s section including foundation work and new flooring, ceiling repair, and the installation of mechanical systems including electrical, plumbing and HVAC. The 1840s side with rear ell is habitable, but will benefit from cosmetic updates and possibly some system upgrades. A fire in 2006, which started on the second floor of the 1840s side and spread to the attic, resulted in the replacement of the roof, and loss of much of the original clapboard siding, the flush gable ends and boxed cornice. The metal roof is new, but the house would benefit from restoration of some of these original elements including the boxed cornice and gables. The fire also damaged the original enclosed winder stair case in the 1840s section which was replaced by a standard straight staircase. The door connecting the two sections has been enclosed by drywall on one side, but can easily be re-opened as the two-panel Greek Revival door remains on the other.

The house and several of the outbuildings are available with twenty acres of land. More property is available at an additional cost. The house is currently being rented with the lease ending in March 2015. The house was added to the National Register Study List.

Area Information

The quiet rural nature and charming small towns belie the dynamic cultural, historic and recreational opportunities in beautiful Rockingham County. From rolling agricultural landscapes, quaint historic villages and museums to music festivals, shopping, and exciting water sports on any one of four rivers, the area has something to offer everyone. The McCollum Farm is located between the towns of Madison to the west (just off US-220) and the county seat of Wentworth to the east. Greensboro is just 30-minutes to the south.

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Built in 1937, this 1-1/Story Neoclassical Cottage is located on a small, secluded lot in the Tarboro, NC Historic District. Tarboro is Located only 1-hour from Raleigh and 1/2 hour from Greenville, NC. Tarboro is well-suited to convenient living in a small, historic community with many cultural, historic and civic amenities.

The Moore House is considered to be a significant and contributing property to the historic district. The neighborhood is very quiet, and although the house has a Main Street address, it is not visible from Main Street.

The house has approximately 2,000 SF. When renovated in 2007, the interior was modified to “open up’ the house, improve interior circulation and make it more suited to modern living for either retirement or for a small family.

The first floor has an enclosed front porch, living room, with working fire place, new side porch, dining room, kitchen/utility closet, mechanical closet and master bedroom/bath suite with two large closets and French door access to the side porch. The bathroom has a large double jacuzzi, large walk-in shower, double vanity and enclosed toilet and has imitation-stone tile floors.

The second floor contains two large bedrooms with walk in closets. The larger of the two bedrooms also has a separate sink/vanity. Each bedroom has generous storage space under the front attic, on each side of the dormer windows, and in the rear attic. The bathroom has a porcelain tub, subway-style tile on floors and walls, vanity and toilet.

The detach storage building is used as a workshop.

The house was completely gutted and renovated in 2007 by the present owner, preservation Architect Richard Andrews, AIA. Exterior work included removal of aluminum siding, repair/repainting of wood clapboard trim and replacement of the roof shingles. Interior work included the replacement of insulation with 1” of closed cell polyurethane and 3-1/2” of fiberglass batt, new gypsum board, period doors, and refinishing of wooden floors. The kitchen has been completely remodeled with new cabinets, granite countertops, appliances and the addition of a large bay window for greater natural illumination. All plumbing, heating/cooling and electrical systems were replaced. The heating/cooling system is a high-efficiency dual-fuel heat pump with gas back up. The air filters are the electrostatic type which require little maintenance. Air handling units are located in closets for easy access and service. Utility bills average less than $200/month.

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The Oliver House is one of only 4 raised cottages in Caswell County built in 1845. It is located in the quaint town of Milton NC and in 2005 was fully restored according to the Dept of Interior and PNC protected covenants. Built for a local merchant during the time when “Cotton was king”, the Oliver House is location just a block from the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern and just 2 miles from VIR(Virginia International Raceway). Since it’s restoration, the 4 room house has been used as a guest cottage and/or private residence. The Oliver House has a large screen porch overlooking County line Creek and has all the amenities of a modern home with a lot large enough to build a sizable workshop or garage.

 The historic Oliver House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

This 2 story Dutch Colonial Style wooden house was built in 1918 by Otis Mendenhall, a prominent High Point Quaker and NC State Senator in 1920. The house is in excellent condition and ready to move into. The houses’ residential/commercial zoning offer multiple uses as a residence, live/work space or office. Located only 2 blocks from UNC-CH High Point Regional Hospital and three blocks from the furniture market district, the Otis Mendenhall House offers urban living at its best and most affordable.

Gatewood Avenue has 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 baths (with the potential to easily convert the 1/2 bath on the ML to a full bath), central A/C, gas forced air heat and a relatively new gas hot water heater, with the electrical panel located in a full working basement. The house has a wide front porch and a new deck with a fenced backyard. The wooden exterior is freshly covered with a high quality aluminum siding except for the front porch and entry which remain original. This portion is freshly painted with 3 coats of Benjamin Moore paint of historic colors — blue & white. The large original windows on the first and second floors have storm windows for better efficiency.

The interior has spacious rooms, hardwood floors throughout and many new updates — including new interior paint. The plaster walls are in superb condition. The first floor has 10′ ceilings and a large eat in country kitchen with pantry, large living room, a dining room, pine paneled den and a half bath. On the second floor are three spacious bedrooms with enormous closets, full bath, linen closet with built-in shelves and drawers. New carpet covers the original oak hardwood floors on the 2nd floor. Ceilings on the second floor are 8′. The house has new plumbing and bathroom fixtures including new sinks, fixtures and counter tops.

This is a wonderfully built historic home at an affordable price for its size and quality. The calm, feel good interior must be experienced to appreciate. This house is a must see! We look forward to hearing from you!!


The Allsbrook-Vanlandingham house located in the heart of Tarboro’s 45-block historic district which features homes dating from the late 18th century through the early 20th century was built around 1908 for Richard Allsbrook, a single man and attorney. This beautiful Victorian frame house, with a wrap-around Neoclassical porch accentuated by ionic columns, is located less than a block from the Town Common. Tarboro was established in 1760 and the colonial Town Common is still the centerpiece of this beautiful, southern historic town.

Victorian detailing, which features a fish scale detail, can be found in the gable front of this beautiful home. As you open the front door, a center hall greets you with an elegant dog leg stair featuring reeded detailing and a turned balustraude rising at the far end of the hall. To the left of the center hall is a gracious parlor with high ceilings and large picturesque windows. The parlor features a majolica tiled neoclassical fireplace, with a beautiful laurel wreath motif centered in the under mantel, ionic columns and traditional egg and dart motif moulding. The companion fireplace in the dining room is accentuated with a tortoiseshell majolica tile. The dining room also has lovely beadboard wainscoting. To the right of the center hall, a second parlor features a double-sided firebox, shared with the master bedroom. The attached master bath has an original clawfoot tub. Upstairs, each bedroom features a fireplace. A second story balcony overlooks Tarboro’s picturesque tree-lined Main Street. Throughout the property, the original windows let in lots of light and glass doorknobs grace each room.

Richard Allsbrook married in 1911 and he and his wife Sallie had four children before his death in 1925 at the age of 50. Mr. Allsbrook was a prominent citizen in Tarboro around the turn of the century and served as a solicitor for the Second Judicial District, Chairman of the Board of Education, and Mayor of Tarboro. His daughter, Janie Allsbrook, would follow in her father’s footsteps, becoming an educator in town. The local history room of the Edgecombe County library, located a block from the home, is named for her.

Downtown, within walking distance, from this beautiful home is a coffee shop and “On the Square, a top-rated 100 restaurant in the country, by “Open Table”. During the holiday season, as the town’s Christmas parade passes by, it may be watched on the large wrap-around porch. Tarboro has a great cultural community, with local community theater group, the Tar River Players, providing opportunities for a night out at the theater several times during a year. Edgecombe Community College hosts musical performances throughout the year, and the North Carolina Symphony does a concert on the Town Common each year. The historic Blount Bridgers House, located just a few blocks away, is home to the Hobson-Pittman Gallery and each fall holds a wonderful Art Bazaar.

The Allsbrook-Vanlandingham House is within the Tarboro National Register Historic District and the Tarboro Historic District zoning area where any significant exterior alterations will require review and approval by the local Historic District Commission.

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A Wayne Rigsbee restoration in the historic district of Louisburg. Ready to move in now. 2850 sq ft with all hardwoods, 3br, could be 4 br. 6 fireplaces, new wiring, plumbing, roof, detached garage, playhouse,custom millwork, new 16 X 24 deck, concrete drive, landscaped.  For additional info and to arrange a showing, please contact Tommy Twitty CCIM at Barrett Realty.

The historic Collie-Best-Taylor House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.


Tranquility and history combined in the majestic mountains of Western NC, as featured in This Old House Magazine!

Enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains from the laid back front porch of this historic log house that local tradition holds is associated with Sarah Boone, sister to famed Daniel Boone. Its gorgeous rural setting is ideal as essentials are available in the nearby village of Todd, a “Hand Made in America” community (

Area Information

Nearby, you’ll find the Old Todd General Store, New River, Ashe County Frescoes, Blue Ridge Parkway and Jefferson State Park. Nature areas nearby abound with deer, wild turkey and bear. A short drive from Boone on Highway 194, which is a designated NC scenic highway (15 miles), Jefferson (12 miles) or West Jefferson (10 miles) and is a short distance to either the Virginia or Tennessee lines.  Click here to visit the town of Todd’s website, or here to learn more about the Elk Knob State Park, which is only 12.5 miles away and has a picnic area, trails (including a summit trail), and back country camping areas.  Additional recreational activities include skiing at Sugar and Beech Mountains (both between 45 and 75 minutes away), hiking, fishing and boating at Watauga Lake (in Tennessee, only 42 miles from the cabin) and a variety of outdoor activities available within Cherokee National Forest (also about 42 miles to the center in Cleveland, TN). Less than an hour away are Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis. The cabin sits at an elevation of approximately 3,130 feet.

Architectural & Historical Information

Officials with the Old Fields Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution believe this is one of Ashe County’s oldest homes. This two story house has approximately 1300sf, and features one bedroom and one and a half baths, two large stone fireplaces, spacious open living room combined with dining and kitchen area. Either the entire house of the original log portion of the house would make an excellent space for guest rentals, or as a bed & breakfast. The house has been seasonally rented periodically for the past 15 years.

The original log portion appears to have been a one-story single pen house with a massive fieldstone chimney on its east end. The upper half story of this section is sheathed in modern board and batten siding, as is the one story wing on the west end of the house. The wing is probably a mid to late twentieth century addition and has a large attractive river rock façade chimney. Windows are two-over-two horizontal light and four-over-two sash. Original ground floor flooring in log portion will need some significant structural reinforcement. The house is wired for 110. For an income-producing purpose such as a Bed and Breakfast, the house could be eligible for the Federal 10% credits available for buildings built before 1936. The house has a relatively new well and the septic tank is in excellent working order.

The Sarah Boone-Wilcox Cabin has an interesting history. Originally, it is believed that there was a tract of land about 112 acres consisting of the current log house located on NC 194 at Laurel Knob Gap. This property was received in a grant from the State of North Carolina in 1798. This original grant was made to Samuel Wilcoxson (later shortened to Wilcox), who was the son of John Wilcoxson and Sarah Boone Wilcoxson. Sarah Boone was the sister of Daniel Boone who is reported to have frequented the cabin on many of his sojourns. Roe Wilcox and his wife Ida Vannoy, who once lived there, are buried in the old Wilcox Cemetery, which is also on a knoll directly behind the house (but not on the property for sale).

The home also features a rustic but modern 3 car detached garage with concrete floor perfect for storage and/or repair shop and wired for 220; cobblestone driveway and vintage split rail fence. There are several other ancillary and useful outbuildings including an outhouse. An attractive gold leaf ribbon sign welcomes one to the entrance of the farm. An expansive back yard lends itself to cultivation of a garden and fruit trees, and there is a small, picturesque stream on the edge of the property.

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Unique 3-story inn in picturesque Mayodan!  Situated in a prime downtown location near the scenic Mayo River, the Mayodan Hotel has played a prominent role in town with its origins as a modest two-story home to the Lewis family and gradually evolving into its current 26 rooms. Archival photographs, extensive history, floor plans, and a hotel feasibility study are available to assist in a rehabilitation project.

Area Information

Mayodan is located in the northern Piedmont area in the Mayo River Valley, just north of its confluence with the Dan River. The former mill town’s roots can be seen in the many historic mill village houses and quaint downtown commercial area. Manufacturing still plays an important role in Mayodan, as it is home to Bridgestone Aircraft Tire, Remington Arms and Sturm, Ruger, & Co. have announced that they will begin production of firearms in Mayodan.  The town is convenient to the Triad cities, only about 45 minutes from Winston-Salem and Greensboro and less than an hour to the “Furniture Capital of the World,” High Point.  About 30 minutes away is beautiful Hanging Rock State Park, and less than an hour away, you’ll find the Sauratown Mountains, both of which offer miles of trails with waterfalls and beautiful vistas.

Architectural & Historical Information

Since its origins as a modest two-story house, the Mayodan Hotel has been central to the history of this picturesque River town. The house and over 300 acres was sold in 1891 by the Lewis family to the Piedmont Land and Manufacturing Company which would develop the area into a town to support its Mayo Mill operation. During this period, the property would serve as the first post office, a boarding house, and site of services for the Moravian Church until its construction. By 1912, the property was known as the “Mayodan Hotel” and had greatly expanded to include several more guest rooms, dining services, and a double front porch. The third floor was added by 1920. Owned by Washington Mills for many years, the property was sold to the Holt family in 1955 who continued to rent out rooms until the 1990s.

For many years the Mayodan Hotel has served as a hub of community activity and the site to many important local functions and visits by notable North Carolinians. Its historical use as a hotel can once again become a reality as new industry and recreational tourism in the area grows and demand for hotel rooms increases. The potential exists to transform this 3-story Victorian-era inn into a boutique hotel, bed and breakfast inn, and/or special events/catering facility. Built in several stages, the building has over 6,000 square feet and 26 rooms and 4 bathrooms. The main section has three stories with two-story wings. The building is in good structural condition and would benefit from an updated heating and air conditioning system, removal of asbestos shingles and repair of clapboard siding underneath, restoration of the 3-story porch, and re-working some of the existing rooms to accommodate additional bathrooms for overnight lodging purposes. Archival photos and floor plans are available to assist with the development of rehabilitation plans along with a hotel feasibility study demonstrating a need for an increase in local overnight lodging facilities and special events venues.

The Mayodan Hotel is located within a National Register Historic District, and is therefore eligible for both federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits. There may also be the opportunity to take advantage of local financial incentives.

Click here to view the floor plans for the Mayodan Hotel

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The Old Sunbury High School Gymnasium building is in overall very good condition. A small portion of the building is currently rented and used as a retail bakery. There is a large storage area w/garage door & other rooms used as storage. Room for an office and the original Boys & Girls locker rooms remain. New HVAC installed. Unlimited potential for this unique building. Conveniently located close to Elizabeth City NC, Suffolk and Franklin VA.

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The Sunbury High School Gymnasium is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Be part of the renaissance of the Loray Mill Village!  With the redevelopment of the Loray Mill, these mill houses are a prime opportunity for first-time home buyers or those looking to down-size.

This modest 1900’s bungalow style home has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath on a corner lot with plenty of room for those just starting out or empty-nesters who want to live smaller but near modern conveniences.  The property requires a complete rehabilitation including carpentry and cosmetic updates, new electrical, HVAC, and plumbing along with updates to the kitchen and bath.

This mill house is a contributing structure in the Loray Mill Village National Register Historic District.  The home is located 2 blocks from Garrison and Franklin Boulevards in Gastonia and within walking distance to the new park/playground constructed by the Gastonia Optimist Club.  It is convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-85 and Charlotte.  The Loray Mill redevelopment project (only two blocks away) will feature both residential and commercial opportunities.  The Loray Mill has 100,000 square feet of commercial retail space with a targeted tenant mix consisting of a brewery, café, restaurants, fitness and spa, dry cleaners, neighborhood market and other complimentary services. In keeping with our neighborhood revitalization goals, property restrictions will include a requirement for owner occupancy.


The Twitchell-Gallaway house is a stately Federal-Greek Revival style house commissioned by Madison’s Town founder Randall Duke Scales for his daughter, Elizabeth, as a wedding gift in 1834. A total renovation was completed on the home in 1995 and newly updated in 2014.

The house is a 5 bay, 3 story brick laid in Flemish bond with tall 6-over-9 double-hung windows on the front facade and a metal standing seam roof with bookend chimneys.

The first floor features a grand center hall running the depth of the house with an open staircase. It includes a large formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with new granite and new stainless steel appliances, a breakfast room with views of the garden patio, a large full bath with stand alone shower and claw foot tub, and a master bedroom currently being used as a library.

The English-basement with lots of natural light has original brick & plaster walls with exposed beams in the ceiling and includes a new gas log cast iron stove with mantel surround and brick floors. There is an antique wet bar, a full bathroom with exposed brick and an exit to the garden patio.

The second floor has 3 spacious bedrooms all with fireplaces and mantels. There are walk-up stairs to the attic, which has ample room for storage.

Special interior features include Greek Revival mantels in the library, formal dining room and master bedroom. The library mantel has Ionic columns and capitals, while the dining room has double Doric columns. Ceilings are 9 to 10 feet, floors are wooden with various widths, 6 fireplaces, original wood doors and trim and much more!

The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is surrounded by early 20th century architecture and augmented by tree-lined streets.

 The historic Twitchell-Gallaway House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

The Smithwick-Green-Clark House is one of a few surviving early nineteenth century farmhouses in Martin County.  Constructed around 1800 for John Smithwick, it retains much of its original transitional Georgian-Federal character although it has undergone two periods of change.

The first changes occurred in the mid-nineteenth century when the original detached kitchen was moved and a new kitchen ell constructed on the south side of the house. However, it was the changes made during second remodeling or Colonial Revival phase, made around 1914 by owner John Mack Green, which changed the structure most. A generous wrap-around porch with Tuscan columns replaced the original front porch; doors with sophisticated elliptical panes and single pane transom replaced the original doors; large one-over-one sash windows were installed on the facade; and a third (final) kitchen ell was constructed on the rear of the house.

Replaced, but not all removed, many of these original elements, such as the nine-over-nine sash windows, can be found in the 1914 addition.  The earliest portion of the house retains much of its original Georgian-Federal woodwork, including eight-raised panel doors, an original thumb latch and H-and-L hinges, four original mantles, flat-panel wainscot accented with ovolo-molded chair rails and two-part beaded baseboards, an enclosed winder stairway, and most of the door surrounds and flooring.  The house features a large wrap-around porch and a smaller screened-in porch.

In addition to an old well on the site, there is now public water to the property going to the shed behind the house.  Several of the older six-over-six and nine-over-nine windows on the back of the house have been repaired.  Some removal of outdated cabinetry and appliances has occurred in the kitchen, and painting was begun to the older section of the house.  The house still requires a complete rehabilitation, including updated electrical, plumbing and HVAC.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the Smithwick-Green-Clark House

Click here to view the floor plans for the Smithwick-Green-Clark House

The Gabriel Johnston Hotel, (c.1935) in downtown Smithfield, is the last of Smithfield’s old hotels. A late 1930s interpretation of the Federal Revival style is evident in the stone splayed keystone lintels over the windows and Flemish-bond brickwork. It has Art-Deco style shallow pilasters. From 1963-1998, the three-and-a-half story hotel served as town offices. The building was purchased in 1999 by its current owners, who completed work including the replacement of the roof, interior demolition, and asbestos abatement; however, the building still requires extensive rehabilitation.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there are many financial incentives for rehabilitation available. This building would make an ideal mixed-use facility with downstairs restaurant and office space and inn rooms or apartments on the upper floors.  Property includes 40+ parking spaces.  For more information and additional photos:  A 2011 feasibility study is available at

Sited on a prominent corner in downtown Lumberton, this former City Hall and then Fire Station is poised for an elegant adaptive reuse! It is just a block and a half from the Lumber River and Riverwalk, and near the History Museum, the historic Carolina Civic Center, and more.

Area Information

In the beautiful coastal plains of southeastern North Carolina, Lumberton is a city of about 20,000 people conveniently close to I-95.  It is home to the Lumber River, and the Lumber River State Park, one hundred and fifteen miles of beautiful natural and scenic waterway. The river was designated as a National Wild and Scenic River and is part of the North Carolina Natural and Scenic River System. The Lumber River has been classified as natural, scenic and recreational. Activities to enjoy along the river include water sports like canoeing, boating, fishing, and swimming. Lumberton is only about 80 miles from Wilmington, Ocean Isle Beach and Myrtle Beach (SC); it is about 30 minutes from Fayetteville, an hour from Florence (SC) and about an hour and a half to Raleigh and Research Triangle Park.

Architectural and Historical Information

A dignified assemblage of classical elements, the former Lumberton Municipal Building (Old City Hall and Fire Station) was built in 1917 during a period of economic expansion in this important 19th century trading center.

The building is a two-story brick veneered edifice with an ornately designed Palladian front entrance on one side and two garage bay openings for firetrucks balancing out the other side providing a sense of symmetry. The double-leaf front door with fanlight is flanked by sidelights and Corinthian pilasters supporting an entablature and open pediment. An elaborate historic iron light fixture remains above the fire truck bays. Windows on the first floor along the street include single and tripartite arched openings of nine-over-one sash topped by keystones. Second floor windows are nine-over-nine sash with keystones. The first and second floors are divided by a stuccoed string course. Other exterior features include four interior chimneys, cornice modillions, a hipped slate roof crowned by a wood balustrade surrounding a classical octagonal cupola. Interior features include an attractive pressed metal ceiling in the front conference room area, staircase with balustrade, tile floors and chamfered posts separating the garage bays.

An early postcard indicates that the building was originally a more domestic-scale building five bays wide and five bays deep. The Old City Hall was expanded into its current size in the late 1940s with an addition that seamlessly maintained its stately details and proportions.

After serving as city offices, the library and fire station, there were plans to use the Old City Hall as meeting space and exhibits by the fire department. Some renovations were initiated and although new windows were installed, several of the historic windows were kept and are stored on-site. The interior is divided into large and small spaces including several bathrooms.

The Old City Hall and Fire Station is in good structural condition and can serve a variety of purposes including commercial and/or second floor loft apartments. It will require basic restoration and repair to the roof balustrade and cupola, along with interior and exterior rehabilitation as needed for its proposed use. The Old City Hall is a contributing structure in the National Register Historic District.

An article about the reuse of historic fire stations as restaurants may be found here.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the (former) Lumberton Municipal Building

Previously the American Oil Co. gas station, this commercial building has two attached garage bays and would make an ideal location for a small restaurant with outdoor seating.

Only two buildings away from the newly renovated Paramount Theatre, a busy performing arts center. Also near the planned 60,000 square foot recreation center, construction set to begin in 2010. Ideally located in the core of downtown Goldsboro, it is within easy walking distance to the many amenities of the downtown area.

Area information

The lively town of Goldsboro (pop. 39,000), the seat of Wayne County, is the home of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. It is located in eastern North Carolina, 20 minutes from I-40 and I-95, one hour from Raleigh, and within easy access of North Carolina beaches.

Downtown Goldsboro Neighborhood Revitalization

Preservation NC has partnered with the City of Goldsboro and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation to revitalize several neighborhoods in downtown Goldsboro. The neighborhoods will be transformed into a blend of residential historic structures and new homes that will include historic architectural details.

Homes range in size and consist of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Victorian, and Italianate. The unique historic district includes residential and commercial structures.

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation.

After World War I most of the commercial buildings in Edenton were constructed of brick. However, scattered throughout the town away from the main commercial district, smaller frame storefronts were erected to serve the various neighborhoods. The George Lassiter Store is the most intact example of the three two-story buildings built on South Oakum Street in 1920 to serve that area, particularly the nearby Edenton Cotton Mill Village.

The original block was built for Lassiter and his wife, Cottie, who lived in the building until her death in 1956. It has a pedimented gable roof sheltering an engaged second-story porch with turned columns topped by a large semi-circular vent. The original grocery store features a recessed central door entrance with transom lights flanked by large display windows. The rear wing was added in 1927 and finished with a matching double-tier porch. Today the building is divided into four units – the storefront and three one-bedroom apartments each with its own porch.

The store is a contributing structure within the National Register District. The building is in good condition with city water/sewer and off-street parking. The Lassiter store offers a wide variety of uses, including live/work/rent. The Urban Village is an excellent example of a historic storefront with rental units that is in the same neighborhood as the George Lassiter Store (pictured above).

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the George Lassiter Store

Click here to view the floor-plans for the George Lassiter Store

“Creek Home Place and Store” is protected by Preservation North Carolina. It consists of a charming, historic farmhouse, several outbuildings, including a very large old store, and 22 acres of property, some cleared and some wooded. It is located near Warrenton, NC, just a few miles south of the golf course on NC Hwy 58, a good road which is not noisy or too busy. Warrenton is about an hour and 15 minutes from Raleigh, 2 hours from Richmond, VA, and about 15 miles south of the Virginia border. The original log section of the house dates back to the early 1800s. Over the years, the two room log house grew with the family and was enlarged by enclosing porches and adding rooms until today it is about 2200 square feet of comfortable, cozy living space, complete with modern amenities.

The house has been respectfully renovated with up to date wiring, plumbing, DSL, insulation, storm windows, forced air heat, and central air, but it retains its original charm and most of its original features, many of which are protected by the covenants (mantels, floors, doors, moldings and ceilings). The house sits back from the road behind a white board fence. Follow the driveway through the gate to the front porch of the house. The yard contains large oak, maple, pine, pecan and walnut trees as well as flower beds and boxwoods which are original to the house. Behind the house are four outbuildings, the privy, the milk house (now the chicken house), the old log smokehouse and the potato house which is painted dark red. (It’s actually a storage building.) The well has cold, clean water. There is a very small creek down the path through the trees behind the house.

The house has three porches, one with a swing. There are two bedrooms with closets, three if you count the room with the fireplace, and two full bathrooms, one with a claw foot tub. There are two perfect stone fireplaces, one of which was completely restored in 2011. Both have their original mantles. There is a large dining room, a very large, eat-in kitchen with a wood burning stove, and a spacious pantry which also serves as the laundry room. In the central hall is a door to the tight winder stairway which reveals the original logs and which leads to the second story above the oldest portion of the house. The second floor has been plumbed for another bathroom and could be finished with at least two additional rooms.

The 22 acres include a small creek, a pine and hardwood forest which can soon be harvested, and about 4 acres around the house which serve as lawn. Across the road sits the very large old store which is dark red with dark green trim. It opened in about 1880. It still contains the original display cabinets, counters, shelves, drawers and the remnants of the old post office and telephone switchboard. It was run by the Pridgen/Davis family who lived in Creek HomePlace, and the store goes with the house. There is still some of the merchandise in the store that was there when it closed. The original shelves and counters are there. The original, hand written sales ledgers are there. The building is about 60 feet long and about 25 feet wide and is two full stories tall. The second floor provides great storage for the old contents of the store. It has a large wood burning stove. After the store closed in the 1930s, the store was used for storage and is currently used as a hobby woodworking shop. It is sound and delightful.

Originally part of Lake O’ the Woods plantation, the Creek Homeplace was given to Burwell Davis by his parents when he returned from the Civil War. The oldest part of the house is a two story hand hewn log structure possibly dating to the late 18th century. The stone chimney stacks, floors, ceilings, mantels, and windows are original to the house. One large built-in cupboard in the dining room is full of documents, pictures, old family letters, and memorabilia that stay with the house. There is also a collection of memorabilia in the pantry that partially tells the family history and the old stories associated with the house.

As the house passed through generations of the Davis and Prigeon families, rooms were added and porches enclosed. Today, Creek Homeplace is a rambling farmhouse with features characteristic of several architectural styles. Early styles include sheathed walls and ceilings with wooden door and window surrounds while later additions include bead board wainscot and ceilings and built in cabinets. There are several original outbuildings, a milk house, an ice house, a privy, and a general store. The large store, built about 1880, sits across the road. The store functioned until 1938 as mercantile, telephone exchange, and post office.

The community of Inez, south of Warrenton, has many antique houses including Cherry Hill, known for its Sunday concerts. Lake O’ the Woods Plantation, which owned the Creek House property before the Civil War, is just around the corner. The people in the area are friendly and welcoming. The town of Warrenton, the county seat, is known for its historic buildings, art shops, and antiques stores and a community college branch.

The historic Creek Homeplace and Store is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina.  Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Overlooking the beautiful Smith River and the Spray Canal, the 1896 Spray Cotton Mill was the first of eight mills constructed by B. Frank Mebane (and the longest-operating) within the Spray Industrial Historic District, an impressive concentration of North Carolina’s textile mill architecture in Eden, NC. The mill is available for a 40% state mill tax credit, as the eligibility certification was completed prior to December 31, 2014.

The two-story brick edifice has a full basement level creating three expansive floors used for mill operations. The original structure was doubled in size around 1898 with further additions over the years (the most recent built in 1994) resulting in approximately 155,000 square feet. Other features are typical of the era’s mill architecture with heavy timber supports and wood floors on the interior, a low-pitched gable roof, heavy exposed rafters along the eaves, and a series of enclosed towers. A three-story flat-roofed office wing (approx. 10,000 sq. ft.) is enhanced by corbelled brickwork and large segmentally arched windows.

The mill was built on the site of the former Willson Aluminum Company where the process for making Calcium Carbide and Acetylene was discovered spawning a new industry for residential and industrial lighting which evolved into Union Carbide Corp. Today, the landscape around the mill consists of canals, waterfalls and a gentle slope toward the river. An impressive dike system and common access/driveway leading to additional parking is located on the river side.

The building is in good condition with the most recent roof installed in the 1990s. Spray Cotton Mill is a contributing structure in the Spray National Register Historic District.

Area Information

The Town now known as Eden was created in 1967 from three separate towns—Leaksville, Spray and Draper. Located at the confluence of the Dan and Smith Rivers, the area has an important industrial heritage with an impressive collection of large mill buildings powered by the nearby rivers and canals, charming commercial centers, and an array of residential neighborhoods populate the bluffs surrounding the community. Today residents and visitors enjoy the bountiful recreational opportunities including greenway trails, camping, kayaking and canoeing, festivals celebrating its musical heritage that includes Bluegrass legend Charlie Poole, and tours. Located near the Virginia border, Eden is 30 minutes from Greensboro, 40 minutes from Winston-Salem, and two hours from Charlotte and Raleigh. For more information, visit,,, and

Click here to view the Spray Cotton Mills_Survey map

Click here to view the Spray Industrial Historic District National Register Nomination

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the Spray Cotton Mills

Built in 1893, this two-story brick building is the oldest building in downtown Laurinburg’s historic district. First known as the Central Hotel and later Hotel Dixie, its proximity to the railroad greeted passenger train visitors arriving from Wilmington or points further inland. It served the African American community as a hotel and boarding house through the first half of the 20th century and from 1959 until 1996 was the location of popular local restaurants.

Area Information

Laurinburg was incorporated in 1877, but settlers first set down roots here in 1785. Currently, it is the county seat of Scotland County, and a three-time All America City located in the Sandhills region. Laurinburg offers the charm and quiet living of a small southern town with close proximity to larger cities (only 40 miles from Fayetteville and Fort Bragg), the mountains and the coast. Developing from its rich agricultural heritage, Laurinburg is still an agricultural community and it is also the progressive business and cultural center of Scotland County. Laurinburg is also home to St. Andrews University and the Laurinburg Institute. It is about 30 miles from some of the country’s best golfing in Pinehurst and Southern Pines and in less than 2 hours, you can be in Wilmington, the Uwharrie National Forest or Charlotte!

Architectural & Historical Information

What the Old Central Hotel lacks in ornamentation it makes up for in sturdy masonry construction and a commanding view of the busy seat of Scotland County. The two-tiered wood porch shades the welcoming entry into a large open space that until recent years catered to diners (and even a pool hall or two). Large windows on the front first story let in plenty of light, while windows along the sides and second floor are six over six wood sash. The tall parapet roof rises higher in the front elevation than the sides where it gradually steps back lower into the roof line. Recessed panels between two bands of brick corbelling along the cornice line provide exterior ornament. Window openings are topped by well-executed flat arches. The entire building rests on a stuccoed masonry foundation.

The interior includes a generous space on the first floor for dining/gathering with smaller areas toward the back for kitchen/service activities and two guestrooms. Walls are primarily plaster with a few beadboard partition walls. The main dining hall has been covered with wood paneling during a later remodeling. In the back of the building beyond the wood stairway hall are two former guestrooms, entered through paneled doors with transoms above, the larger room with a fireplace and mantel. A wood staircase with simple yet sturdy newel posts and balustrade leads to the second floor with several guestrooms and a couple of bathrooms. The second floor rooms are arranged on either side of a central hall leading from two rooms in the back toward the front of the building with a door leading to the porch. Most rooms have transoms above wood-paneled doors.

The Central Hotel will require a complete rehabilitation including all new mechanical systems, repointing, paint, and cosmetic upgrades. A later side addition will probably need to be completely re-done. The Central Hotel is a contributing structure in the National Register Historic District and is positioned for a variety of creative uses including restaurant, inn, retail or office.


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Beautiful 1938 W.P.A.-constructed school building located on 4 acres in Lansing off Highway 194 in Ashe County. Constructed from the same quarry stone as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lansing School served as both elementary and high school for the County until 1952, when the high school moved into a newly built brick structure on the grounds. The hub of activity in Ashe County for five decades, the school was built when Lansing was a logging town during the time of the Virginia Creeper Railroad. The town of Lansing is a 5-minute walk from the school and is undergoing a revitalization in the commercial district with new businesses, restaurants and organic farming operations.

The main school building which is listed on the National Historic register is 18,000 square feet with an interior cleared of walls down to the studs. The original windows and floors are still intact. The 2-story structure sits on top of a hill overlooking the American Legion ball fields, which formerly were the school fields and connected via a pedestrian tunnel that runs under Hwy. 194. There are plantings of several grape vineyard rows on a portion of the front lawn. A new roof was installed in 2006.

The second 2-story brick building is 8500 heated square feet and consists of three finished apartments (Studio, 1BR, 2BR) as well as intact classroom space that are decorated. The hallway bathrooms are operational and there is a functioning kitchen.

Building #3 is a 2000 sq. foot cinderblock building that was formerly the home of the New River Winery which manufactured local organic wine on the premises and ran a tasting room on the patio. Locals, 2nd homers and tourists were frequent visitors who enjoyed the Winery tastings and music on weekends.

Additional parts of the grounds include a well house, basketball court/playground and a small incinerator building.

Price is negotiable.


Built in 1901, the Blair House is a beautifully renovated Colonial Revival building in downtown Winston-Salem. Included in the National Register of Historic Places, this downtown gem is full of character and offers a highly visible location with easy access to I-40 and the Winston-Salem CBD. Three finished floors include 7,713sf of Class-A office space with an additional 2,627sf in the lower level for workout, break area and storage. The property also includes hardwood floors, a large wrap-around porch, 25 on-site parking spaces and plenty of restaurants and landmarks within walking distance.

Spacious historic Greek Revival home with Colonial Revival details with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, plenty of living space and also a partial basement. Beautiful new full length front porch, original bay windows, 8 fireplaces, original wide plank hardwood floors, double hung windows and many other original features. Double lot that is approx 1 acre, also has a small outbuilding that can be used as a workshop or potting shed.

Built in 1853 for J.J. Baker, owner of Goldsboro’s first metal foundry. Local stories recall that the Baker children sat on the front wall and watched Union soldiers march into Goldsboro shortly before their home was commandeered as the headquarters for General Gordon of Sherman’s Army in 1865.

Home has some major exterior renovations completed:

  • restored foundation
  • standing seam metal roof
  • front porch added to mimic original size and style
  • exterior painted
  • subfloors added in kitchen and bath
  • several other major projects

Interior renovations are still needed prior to move in, including kitchen, bathrooms, and all major mechanicals (electrical, plumbing, heating/AC).  Exterior work still needed includes repairing the windows and replacing several broken panes, and addressing carpentry issues, at minimum.

This home is located in downtown Goldsboro, and is part of the revitalization of downtown. Please visit for full details on Goldsboro’s Master Plan of the Greater Downtown Goldsboro area. This home is close to many quaint shops and restaurants in the downtown area. This is a great opportunity to get a beautiful historic home at an affordable price – whether this be for a family home or investment, prices will be going up in this neighborhood as many other families and Preservation North Carolina are actively involved in restoring this great town!

The historic J.J. Baker House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Interior photos below were taken prior to the start of rehabilitation work.



The property is for sale or lease with a variety of lease/sale options available. The exterior of the property has recently been completely restored and the interior is ready for upfit to suit tenant’s needs. The structure is a two-story frame house with 703 square feet and two rooms on the 2nd floor and 2,047 square feet of 12 individual spaces, including a full kitchen and three bathrooms (one is handicap accessible) on the 1st floor. The structure is a contributing structure in the Goldsboro Historic District. The property has a private yard, English designed, surrounded by a fence with a deck and three covered porches. Seven dedicated parking spaces exist at the Mulberry Street entrance to First Citizen’s Bank, specifically for the Dortch-Weil-Bizzell House. The property is handicap accessible

The Bizzell House was built in 1851 in the I-House post-railroad design with Italianate detailing. Additions to the original structure include rearward extensions and two inside end brick chimneys.

The house is three (3) bays wide, has six-over-six windows on the second floor and contemporary double-hung windows on the first floor. The rear half of the exterior chimneys are covered by later additions to the house itself—something not seen elsewhere in Goldsboro.

According to the Architectural Inventory Goldsboro, NC book prepared by Barbara Hammond and the City of Goldsboro in 1987, the house was believed to have been moved to this site from another location in town—possibly in 1868 at the same time the once-neighboring Silas Webb House was moved by the Weil Brothers from South Slocumb Street.

The house was originally designed in a compound fashion; three units across the front on the first floor with an additional unit to the rear of the west side. The second story was three units across and one unit deep. A detached kitchen and a later servant’s quarters were located north of the dining room and later attached to the main house via an enclosed breezeway. The house is supported by masonry piers and a wooden braced frame. The exterior is of traditional horizontal wood cladding in a clapboard design. The roof design is a side-gabled, low slope of less than 30 degrees. It is undetermined as to the original roofing material. Currently it is tin in poor condition with foam sprayed on. Due to the time period of the home, it is believed that the original roofing material may have been wood shingles.

The roof-wall junction indicates a wide eave overhang, boxed with brackets. The front porch extends the full length of the original front façade. The later nursery addition to the east of the house was designed with a setback distance from the front elevation and included a porch with similar details to the original. The roof of this addition is of similar design and pitch. The interior of the original house consists of a parlor, foyer, dining room and a den on the first floor; on the entry level stairway to the second floor a bedroom flanks either side of the stair landing. The original back porch was enclosed with two to three later additions, including a bathroom to the back of the nursery, a breezeway that served to connect the detached kitchen and servant’s quarters as well as the butler’s pantry and enclosed back porch.

After being owned by William T. Dortch (1851-1871) a former senator honored with a historical marker by the department of Cultural Resources, and the Weil brothers (Solomon and Henry) from 1871 to 1887, the house was purchased by K. E. Bizzell from E. Lippman Edwards. It remained in the Bizzell family until 2003 when purchased by K. A. Thompson III. Heirs of the Bizzell Family have contributed to the recollection of the later additions to the house and the original landscape plan as well as other details.

The house is situated one block from the primary commercial street at the crossroads of Goldsboro in historic downtown. The Goldsboro Historic District was formed in 1984 due to its unique fabric of Victorian, Italianate and a variety of architectural styled structures. The District is comprised of structures ranging from the mid 1800s to 1948 and includes both commercial, industrial and residential dwellings. The Bizzell House is one of few pre-Civil War structures still remaining in Goldsboro and is located in the heart of the District. It was once located just outside the original Goldsborough city limits in 1847. The population of Goldsborough in 1860 was 985.

This house is centrally situated in the current Central Business district of the city and serves as a reminder of our original rural beginnings and is indicative of the growth pattern that occurred during the transformation of the city during the expansion of the railroad era and the later growth of our industrial days. The once neighboring Silas Webb House was razed in the mid-1990s. It was built in 1855 at the intersections of S. Slocumb and E. Elm Street and later moved around 1870 to the adjacent lot east of the Bizzell House. First Citizen’s Bank bought the vacant property north of the Bizzell House and had plans to raze it as well. However, legislation that was identified by a local preservationist made the federal banking institution follow practices to save the structure. Preservation North Carolina, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving endangered historic structures in North Carolina took action and accepted ownership of the property to protect its integrity and status. It is shortly afterwards that Mr. Thompson bought the property with an interest to restore it and bring it back to use. The structure had been vacated in the early 1990s when Mrs. Eustice Bizzell was relocated to a nursing home. Two of Mrs. Bizzell’s children are still alive and have added valuable information to this process.

Area Information

Downtown is home to a large inventory of historic homes and has the widest variety of cuisine in the City from all over the globe. Some of its samplings include; Thai, Asian, Mexican, Irish and our very own North Carolina BBQ, to name just a few. The City of Goldsboro has rebuilt the Paramount Theater, a 550+ seat performing arts theater and is working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation towards a rehabilitation and reuse project of our 1909 Union Station to serve as a multi-modal transportation center. A recently completed Downtown Master Plan calls for major streetscape improvements along Center Street as well as a very aggressive plan to include more private and public development. The first block of the Center Street streetscape improvement project is expected to begin in the summer of 2011 with the 200 block of N. Center Street. All of this is located within a very walkable area in a traditional neighborhood framework.

The historic Dortch-Bizzell House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

The early 20th century, Neoclassical, Rocky Mount Post Office enjoys a prime location in revitalizing downtown Rocky Mount. This 18,500-SF building has 1.5 floors above grade, and one floor below grade. Its handsome limestone exterior harkens to times past, and its cast-in-place concrete frame gives it excellent structural stability. Windows and roof are secured; interior is ready for renovation. The historic Douglas Block – newly-renovated buildings including the historic Booker T Theater, is a block away; Edgecombe Community College is right across the street. Own a piece of “The Rock” in downtown Rocky Mount!

The Old Rocky Mount Post Office is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Branch Grove is a classic “tri-partite” house, a style built for leading planters in the Roanoke River Valley/Virginia–North Carolina border. It was home to the prominent Branch family, notably Alpheus Branch, founder of Branch Bank (BB&T).

The three-part design, derived from Palladian ideals, features a pedimented central section with flanking lower wings. It has a characteristic cross-hall plan with a large, formal parlor. High quality, intact Federal-style woodwork remains throughout the house. Three of the original mantels have been secured offsite. The older, smaller house at the rear features Georgian details. Branch Grove is the perfect project for the lover of early architecture.

Branch Grove must be relocated to a suitable nearby site. A parcel of land of 38.624 acres has been identified and is available for purchase at $116,000.  Enfield is convenient to Raleigh and recreational activities.

Once it is moved, Branch Grove will require a complete rehabilitation including all new systems. Estimates for the cost of the move and stabilization are available upon request.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for Branch Grove

Click here to view the first floor plan of Branch Grove

Click here to view the second floor plan of Branch Grove

The Cullen Pippen House is really two historic homes seamed together. The older section was built about 1790 by Joseph Pippen, who served as an Ensign in the Revolutionary War. In 1810, Pippen built a new home in the Federal style and the two existed as independent houses until they were combined during a 1989 renovation.

Retaining much of the original character of the two homes, the renovation resulted in a unique architectural gem. Original materials include heart pine flooring and five fireplaces with beautifully crafted mantles. The five large exterior doors weigh approximately 250 pounds each. Particularly notable are the pine-sheathed walls of the Georgian keeping room.

The house has four bedrooms and three baths, with a laundry room installed in the hallway that connects the Georgian and Federal structures.

The 1810, or Federal, portion of the house has a living room with fireplace, dining room with fireplace, office, large hall/library and a bathroom on the first floor. The second floor has one bedroom with a fireplace, a wide hallway that includes room for a desk, and a large bathroom with a fireplace. An additional two bedrooms are on the third level.

The 1790, or Georgian, section has a keeping room with fireplace and a kitchen on the first level. A guest bedroom and bath are upstairs.

The house has a three-zone heating/air conditioning system.

The six-acre property is fenced and has two access points, one in front of the house and the other along a side road. The tree-lined front driveway has two cattleguards, eliminating the need for gates. The property also includes a pecan grove, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and pastures. There are two tobacco barns, and a garage. The property also has two deep-water wells, with one well house built in the Georgian style.

Joseph Pippen and his grandson, Cullen Pippen, the home’s namesake, are both buried in a family cemetery on the property. The first marked grave dates to 1820. The home is currently owned by the great, great, great grandson of Joseph Pippen.

The property’s rich history includes serving as a stop-over point for 2,410 Yankee prisoners in Confederate custody on April 21, 1864. The captured soldiers were given sustenance during their march from Plymouth to Tarboro for transportation to POW camps. History records that Lt. A. Cooper of the 12th New York Cavalry returned to the home in 1865 to pay his respects to Mrs. Pippen.

The historic Cullen Pippen House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

On the National Register of Historic Places, Vinedale Plantation, an Italianate antebellum home built in 1855, was the original home of plantation owner John A. Vines. It is located on Hwy 42 approximately 30 minutes from Greenville, and 90 minutes from the coast.

The house, with original siding, is a three bay double pile structure with a low hipped standing seam roof surmounted with a cupola. A one story porch extends around the house on three sides. The wide eaves are supported on carved brackets.

On the first floor, on either side of the hallway, is a 17×19 living room and a 17×17 parlor. Behind the living room is a 17×24 dining room with double built in cabinets. Also downstairs is a lovely den with built in cabinets, a large modern eat in kitchen with a silas lucas brick floor and corian counters, a walk in laundry room, a half bath, a bedroom with a full bath, and a sun porch overlooking a beautiful brick patio.

Upstairs features 4 bedrooms including a master suite with a garden tub and separate shower in the master bath, plus a large walk in closet. Front and back stairs lead to the second floor center cross hall and a staircase that allows access to the cupola.

The entire house has original heart pine floors, 10 working fireplaces, 3.5 baths, and a whole house generator for electric backup. The interior and exterior of the home have been recently painted.

Built by Edgecombe County artisans, the current owners continued the tradition of utilizing skilled local craftsmen while totally restoring the main house as well as other buildings on the property.

The Hattie Telfair House, also built around 1855 and used as a guest house, has also been completely restored. It features a large bedroom with a fireplace, a full bath with a claw foot tub, a living room with a fireplace, and full kitchen.

Other structures on the property include an original smokehouse, a 2 car garage with a separate finished office and walk up attic, and a storage building. Additional pictures can be seen at

This stately side-hall plan home was built between 1840-41 by William Hollister, one of New Bern’s most successful merchants in the early nineteenth century.  Individually listed on the National Register, the Federal-style home retains most of its historic details including seven impressive mantels, arched doorways, detailed moldings, and many beautifully carved window and door surrounds.  Since the property is on the National Register, it is eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Area Information

New Bern was founded in 1710 and is the second oldest town in NC. Two beautiful rivers meet in New Bern(the Neuse and the Trent), where you’ll find Tryon Palace, spectacular gardens, historic homes, quaint shops, cozy restaurants and lively entertainment, frame downtown streets. Farther south, you can enjoy MCAS Cherry Point and the 157,000 acre Croatan National Forest, nationally recognized for its trails and recreation opportunities. New Bern has big-city amenities with small-town charm, and is about 2 hours from both Wilmington and Raleigh.

Architectural & Historical Information

The first floor includes a double parlor connected by pocket doors, and then a dining room and kitchen in the wing.  The second floor has two large bedrooms joined by double doors.  There are two bathrooms on the second floor which will need to be redesigned.  The third floor has another bedroom and a room which was used by Hollister’s daughter as an artist space.  There are 11′ ceilings on the first floor and 12′ ceilings on the second floor.  The home also has a dry basement.  The property is located on a nice corner lot with off-street parking and several well established trees.

Although the side-hall plan of the house was a typical New Bern home, there are modern elements (for that time) that were likely introduced with Hollister’s business dealings in New York and Boston.  As noted in Catherine Bishir’s book Crafting Lives, craftsman working on the house included “carpenters” and “negroes” and free artisans Hardy B. Lane Sr. as lead contractor, white carpenter Robert Hancock, black carpenter William H. Hancock, and black painter Ben Wade.

The Hollister House requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems.  The house has been rewired and ductwork installed for the HVAC on the first and second floors.  Some rehab ideas include adapting the existing dining room into a contemporary kitchen, creating a mud/laundry room and small powder room in the existing kitchen, and using the south parlor as the dining room.  On the second floor, rehab ideas include removing the bath on the landing of the second floor and updating the remaining existing bathroom.  On the third floor, rehab ideas include adding a bathroom in the room above the existing second floor bathroom.  Additionally, buyers may wish to construct a free standing garage behind the house where an earlier garage once existed.

The historic Hollister House will be sold subject to protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina.

Click here to view the pdf brochure of the William Hollister House

Click here to view the existing floor plans for the William Hollister House

Charming home in serene Summerfield setting!

Rare opportunity to own a piece of Summerfield history! Built in 1807, “The Tatum House” is situated on 2.79 serene acres in the heart of Summerfield. This beautiful property features a 2-stall barn, raised garden beds, fruit trees, grape vines, and a pond. 30×16 addition in 2007 along with an unfinished room plumbed for a full bath. Upstairs master suite features a walk-in closet and clawfoot tub. Must see to appreciate all of the charm and character of this property.

Beautiful, classical design home, currently a restaurant. The wrap-around porch features 2 story Corinthian columns. The balcony features double doors with diamond-patterned leaded and beveled sidelights and transom.

In good condition, the 5BR 3B home has central heat/air, slate roof, 10′ 9″ ceilings downstairs and 9′ 9″ upstairs. Heavy moldings, wainscoting, pine and oak inlaid floors, pocket doors, original mantels and fireboxes remain. The grand staircase is set to the diagonal, features a bowed front intermediate landing rising to an upper level sitting area. The Zoning is residential with a special-use permit.

Located at 514 Miller Street, Monroe, NC; the property is 6.21 acres encompassing four buildings totaling approximately 66,769 square feet of space under roof as follows:

• 1911 brick mill building: 49,120 SF

• Wood frame house, former mill office: 1,200 SF

• Cinder block building connecting mill to house: 9,324 SF

• Outlying one story cinder-block warehouse: 7,125 SF

The buildings are in very good condition. The mill has a rubber membrane roof which, though somewhat old, has been repaired and is intact, there are no leaks. The structure of the building is sound. An engineer’s structural report from the previous owner is available. Most of the original windows are in place though many have been boarded up to protect them and to protect the building from the ingress of pigeons. The floor areas are wide open. This is one of the cleanest and best maintained historic mill buildings one could hope to see. A Phase One Environmental Report and Limited Asbestos Survey revealed no causes for action and asbestos only in an outside boiler structure.We do not know the age of the frame house, but it also is in good condition. It has a relatively new roof, all the windows are intact, and it has been wrapped in vinyl siding. It served as a mill office and operations center and the inside would have to be remodeled for a new use. Dug into the bank on 2 sides, the outlying cinder block building is in good condition with a good roof.

In order to make best use of the historic mill building and the house, the connecting building and the outlying block building would likely have to be demolished to provide for parking; leaving 50,320 gross square feet available for development.

The site is less than one mile from the Monroe city center and less than 25 miles from downtown Charlotte, NC. Monroe is the county seat of Union County, the fastest growing county in North Carolina.

This handsome row of two-story, brick and stucco Colonial Revival apartments contain nine townhouses each with three bedrooms and one bath upstairs and a kitchen, dining room and living room with a corner fireplace on the main floor. Environmental report has already been completed and ready for a serious buyer to review. With the new Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park underway, a new West Entrance to Barton College, and combined with the revitalization efforts in the commercial district, the Anderson Apartments is next in line for new life!

Price is negotiable!

The modest-sized side-hall plan Traylor-Peacock House was built in 1895 and has three bedrooms and two baths. The property includes an adjacent lot bringing the total land to 0.24 acre.

The inviting front porch expands the width of the house with original posts and sawn decorative balustrade. The multi-gabled roof features decorative shingle work. Interior features include a single-run original stairway with turned balustrade, original mantels, and wood floors.

The Traylor-Peacock House must be lifted from its foundation for repairs and likely needs sill replacement/repair as well. The house requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems, wiring, HVAC, plumbing, roof (repairs at minimum) and new kitchen and baths. It has been confirmed that the property contains lead paint. The Traylor-Peacock House is a contributing structure in the Goldsboro historic district.

Area information

The lively town of Goldsboro (pop. 39,000), the seat of Wayne County, is the home of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. It is located in eastern North Carolina, 20 minutes from I-40 and I-95, one hour from Raleigh, and within easy access of North Carolina beaches

Downtown Goldsboro Neighborhood Revitalization

Preservation NC has partnered with the City of Goldsboro and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation to revitalize several neighborhoods in downtown Goldsboro. The neighborhoods will be transformed into a blend of residential historic structures and new homes that will include historic architectural details.

Homes range in size from 1,100 to 6,400 square feet and consist of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Victorian, and Italianate. The unique historic district includes residential and commercial structures.

Click here to view the brochure for the Traylor-Peacock House

Click here to view the approximate floor plans for the Traylor-Peacock House

Click here to see some possible design ideas for the Traylor-Peacock House (a Meredith student project)

The Historic Shelby Foundation is looking for an interested buyer for this great example of a Colonial Revival duplex. The ca. 1927 Peyton McSwain House was occupied on one side by Peyton and Ethel McSwain until the 1950s. It was also occupied by Lynn E. Lentz, Vance Weaver and E.Tyree Greene. The house and garage were both recently relocated due to threat of demolition .

The house is in good shape and features hardwood floors throughoutThe original eight-over-eight window units have aluminum storm windows. The front panel door and back doors are also original as are the two brick chimneys at each gable end and the weatherboard siding. Each unit has a spacious living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor. On the second floor there are three bedrooms and one bathroom in each unit. The front steps, side and back porches needed to be removed prior to the relocation. It had been fully occupied until then.

The property requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. Kitchens and bath rooms are in need of updating. The house has a new brick foundation.

The garage was also constructed around the 1930s. It is a two story building with weatherboard siding. The garage has two main doors with a side entrance and second floor storage area.

The house is located two blocks from uptown Shelby’s many amenities such as shopping, dining, entertainment, tree-lined streets and parks. A small on story house next door is also available for sale and could be rehabbed as a starter home or as a quaint rental home.

Area Information

Shelby is an attractive historic town of approximately 21,000 situated in the combined foothills of the Blue Ridge and South Mountains and also only an hour away from Charlotte or the Greenville Spartanburg, SC areas. Shelby’s vibrant uptown offers a variety of shops and restaurants, an active arts council, seasonal Farmers Market, the Don Gibson Theatre (a performing arts center) and a city park complex with an Olympic-size swimming pool, fully restored 1919 Herschell-Spillman Carrousel, and miniature train. Shelby is known as “The City of Pleasant Living”.

The Lentz Hotel, erected in 1853 and moved from its original site at the center of Mt. Pleasant in 1980, is the oldest commercial building still existing in Cabarrus County. The board-and-batten exterior is supported by a timber frame of Chestnut and reflects the “bracketed mode” of construction, made popular by American architect Andrew Downing Jackson (1815-1852). This “Carpenter Gothic” style includes brackets under especially wide eaves, vertical board-and-batten sheathing, and heavy lentels over the windows.  The seven mantels and the staircase are of the Greek Revival tradition. The exterior siding is cypress, interior walls are pine, and the floors are made of heart pine planks. Built by W. R. Scott, the property (known as the Mt. Pleasant Hotel) was sold to John Lentz in 1863 for the sum of $1,350 in Confederate currency. The Lentz family operated the Hotel for over sixty years, spanning three generations. In 1911, an outside set of stairs was added so the upstairs rooms could be used by the female students of Mont Ameona Seminary after the school burned (it was considered unseemly for girls to walk through the downstairs rooms where men could be present).

The Lentz Hotel was the social center of Mt. Pleasant during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth century. In fact, it was “famous for parties and social events”. Much of the Hotel’s prosperity came from the town’s dual role as a trading and educational center. The Hotel was sold outside the Lentz family in 1926, where it changed hands several times. Over the years, the Hotel served as a tenant house, with the condition of the house gradually deteriorating. Early in 1980, the building was slated to be demolished, to make room for a new building on the existing lot, which was on the town square. Mt. Pleasant Insurance Company, working with preservationists, looked at other options. The Historic Preservation Fund of North Carolina, assisted by the Daniel J. Stowe Foundation, moved the building to its current location on College Street, where it was restored to its original prominence by master craftsmen and renovators. The Lentz Hotel was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Only twenty-five minutes from Charlotte, enjoy small-town living with big-town amenities close by. Be sure to check-out the website ( to see much more information and photos regarding the many features of this unique property. The Hotel was sold outside the Lentz family in 1926, where it changed hands several times. Over the years, the Hotel served as a tenant house, with the condition of the house gradually deteriorating. Early in 1980, the building was slated to be demolished, to make room for a new building on the existing lot, which was on the town square. Mt. Pleasant Insurance Company, working with preservationists, looked at other options. The Historic Preservation Fund of North Carolina, assisted by the Daniel J. Stowe Foundation, moved the building to its current location on College Street, where it was restored to its original prominence by master craftsmen and renovators. The Lentz Hotel was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

The historic Lentz Hotel is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

A good example of vernacular Victorian architecture, the historic Bland House was built in 1900 by J. Frank Bland. It is located in the historic Village of Rockford near the edge of the Yadkin River which affords fishing and canoeing.

The restored two-and-a-half store, L-shaped frame house has a wraparound porch on the main level with turned porch posts and balustrades with double front doors and sidelights.

The interior has Victorian moldings, five-panel doors, beautiful staircases and 6 fireplaces. The first floor consists of a large entrance hall, front and back parlors, dining room, kitchen and full bath.

The second floor has a large hallway, three bedrooms, one large full bathroom and a finished staircase to a large, windowed attic which has a bedroom and a large walk-in cedar closet.

A finished staircase with turned balustrade leads to a daylight basement with eat-in kitchenette, laundry room with fireplace, bonus room with original rock wall and L-shaped porch with turned posts. A large, two-story floored barn (16′ x 32′) sits at the rear of the property.

The J. F. Bland House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Come see this historical treasure! Ingleside is a phenomonal estate that has a very rich history, built in 1817. Historic mansion designed by Henry Latrobe, who designed the U.S. Capital building, with elegant antebellum Federal architecture. Complete with pool, cabana, tennis courts, chicken barns, ponds,old smokehouse, two barns and potting shed. Additional acreage also available for purchase. Please note that square footage (6,010) is approximate.

Renovated Kitchen with attention paid to every detail. 13’ceilings!

Just 25 min to Charlotte!

The Hicks-Broom House is a late 19th century home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. A center hall plan with a metal-clad roof, the house is situated on a deep spacious lot. The inviting front porch expands the width of the house and has original posts and sawn decorative balustrade.

The interior of the house has some original features including wood floors. The house requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems, wiring, HVAC, plumbing and kitchen and baths. The house is located in the Goldsboro historic district.

Area information

The lively town of Goldsboro (pop. 39,000), the seat of Wayne County, is the home of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. It is located in eastern North Carolina, 20 minutes from I-40 and I-95, one hour from Raleigh, and within easy access of North Carolina beaches.

Downtown Goldsboro Neighborhood Revitalization

Preservation NC has partnered with the City of Goldsboro and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation to revitalize several neighborhoods in downtown Goldsboro. The neighborhoods will be transformed into a blend of residential historic structures and new homes that will include historic architectural details.

Homes range in size from 1,100 to 6,400 square feet and consist of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Victorian, and Italianate. The unique historic district includes residential and commercial structures.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the Hicks-Broom House

Click here to view the floor plans of the Hicks-Broom House

This turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival home is on a double lot just two blocks from the city’s main square.

The stately all-brick residence has six bedrooms, a sleeping porch, four full baths, and five fireplaces. In addition to 4,700 square feet of heated living space, the home has a full attic and basement that bring the total interior size to more than 10,000 square feet.

Interior details include hardwood floors throughout, beautiful stained original moldings and trim, pocket doors in the front formal rooms and transom lights on doors on the second floor.

The house was built for Dr. and Mrs. Henry Fletcher Long on property adjacent to the hospital founded by Dr. Long. The house was completed in 1914. Because the family’s first home was destroyed by fire, the Longs insisted that this house be “fireproof,” with features including 12-inch solid brick exterior walls, a slate and metal roof, 8-inch thick interior walls that were covered in concrete before plaster was applied. An independent appraiser has calculated that it would cost $4,299,076 to duplicate the house today. (Replacement cost insurance is surprisingly affordable at $1,726/year however.)

Also on the property is a 22′ x 34′ three-car garage that was first built as a carriage house. Another 14′ x 28′ building on the site dates from the late 1800s and was used as an ironing house for the hospital laundry. Other buildings on the property include a 12′ x 14′ smokehouse, and an 18′ x 24′ single-car garage.

An expansive courtyard at the back of the home is said to have been paved with the bricks from the foundation of the original family home, which burned.

In 1959, the Longs’ youngest son, Dr. Robert Long, DDS, bought a portion of the property and operated a dental practice there. That 1,500-square-foot building remains. After the death of his mother, Robert Long purchased the residence from the estate and lived there with his family until his passing in October 2004.

These properties are held by the Dr. Robert Long Trust and are being offered for sale as a single unit.

The Long House Property is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Conveniently located, the Bryan-Stanton-Holmes House is an attractive Victorian cottage with well-preserved architectural details.

Built in 1901 by Bela Bryan who occupied the house until 1936, the house was owned by the Stanton family until 1963, and then by the Holmes family until 2006. Its long history of owner occupancy was then altered when it became a rental property. The house underwent unfavorable changes at that time but many of the architectural elements are still in good condition.

A typical 1901 Victorian home, the woodwork is characteristic of the period. The wood floors and three Victorian mantels are in fairly good condition, and the large four-over-four windows flood the home with light.

Located on North Virginia Street in Goldsboro’s Historic District, the Bryan-Stanton-Holmes House is one of six properties adjacent to one another within the neighborhood plan. The property is also less than two blocks from the historic Union Station which is in the process of being restored in a NCDOT project set to re-establish it as a transportation hub, providing rail service to Raleigh and the coast.

The exterior of the house has been significantly modified. The new owners will want to remove the brick facing and restore the original Victorian style porch. The Bryan-Stanton-Holmes House probably originally resembled the Nettie B. Taylor House and could be returned to that Victorian cottage style. The roof needs to be replaced, and rebuilt in one location at the back of the house.  Having been vacant for several years, the new owners will need to update the mechanical systems—including electrical, plumbing, and HVAC—as well as create a modern kitchen and baths.  There is termite damage in the house.

Area information

The lively town of Goldsboro (pop. 39,000), the seat of Wayne County, is the home of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. It is located in eastern North Carolina, 20 minutes from I-40 and I-95, one hour from Raleigh, and within easy access of North Carolina beaches.

Downtown Goldsboro Neighborhood Revitalization

Preservation NC has partnered with the City of Goldsboro and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation to revitalize several neighborhoods in downtown Goldsboro. The neighborhoods will be transformed into a blend of residential historic structures and new homes that will include historic architectural details.

Homes range in size from 1,100 to 6,400 square feet and consist of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Victorian, and Italianate. The unique historic district includes residential and commercial structures.

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The Annie Bryan House was built around 1907 and is located within a beautiful block of Victorian cottages on Main Street in Tarboro’s picturesque Historic District.  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with inviting front porch has approximately 2,204 square feet, spacious rooms, 5 fireplaces, deck, fenced backyard and is within walking distance to the Town Common, shopping, restaurants, etc.

This block of Victorian cottages is one of the most intact and pleasing streetscapes in the entire Tarboro Historic District with its row of charming, one story late-19th and early-20th-century homes with their gingerbread porches and fancy front gables.  The Annie Bryan House is towards the center of the block, and has a very unique and original spindled front porch, with chamfered posts, an elaborate front gable bargeboard and unique German siding.

Research on this property indicates that Misters Lichtenstein and Zander, two locally prominent Jewish merchants, purchased almost this entire block in 1898 at public auction. It is thought that they were also early land developers and actually built several of the Victorian cottages within the block to sell to potential clients. The house at 1305 No.Main Street was constructed in 1907 and was sold to Luther and Annie Bryan in 1908 as the first homeowners.

The Bryan House is a particularly fine, L-shaped cottage with a new, steep, hipped metal roof and gable ends. It has very pleasing finishing details, including the more unusual German siding and other strong Victorian features, such as an etched and frosted glass-paneled front door and handsome gable detailing. The house is also considerably larger than it appears from the street, taking up most of the small, urban lot on which it sits. For what is classified stylistically as a Victorian cottage, the Bryan House has over 2200 sq. ft. of living space, with three large bedrooms, two full baths, a full and separate formal dining room and a very spacious front parlor. A more modern, but Victorian-styled addition on the rear of the structure also accommodates a very large family room, and has nicely incorporated a former back porch area into a sun room opening onto a large back deck.

Upon entering the house through the handsome, original Victorian front door with its large glass center panel surrounded by smaller, alternating panes of etched and frosted glass, is the large front parlor or living room. As with almost every major room in the house, except the kitchen, there is a handsome Victorian fireplace and mantel as a central focal point. To the right of the mantel are built-in bookcases and to the left of the mantel is a French door that leads to the dining room and kitchen beyond. The mantel in this room has fluted pilasters on each side and a shelf supported by fluted brackets. Large, front double windows and a side window provide great lighting in this space. A full bath is also accessible directly from the living room through a doorway to the left of the French dining room door. The floors throughout the house are the original dark oak.

To the left of the parlor is the first bedroom. Being at the front of the house, and depending on the needs of the new owner, this room could also serve as a great study, den or home office. It has an impressive mantel on the interior wall with double brackets and partially fluted pilasters. The side, exterior wall is quite unique with its pair of closets with their old, iron box locks on either side of a central window. Under the window is a cozy window seat. A second bedroom, directly behind this room, can be accessed from both the front parlor and the front bedroom, with a doorway to the right of the front bedroom mantel. This second bedroom also has a nice Victorian mantel, identical to the one in the front parlor, and a closet to the right of the mantel. Both of these bedrooms also have chair rails and wainscoting painted a solid color to accent the walls above.

The second bedroom has access to a full, Jack-and-Jill bathroom with tub. Behind the bath is the third bedroom. This bedroom has a mantel with turned wood posts on each side, small brackets supporting the shelf and a handsome, raised-relief foliated medallion in the center of the lintel. A closet is to the left of the mantel. It should be noted that most of the bedroom closets appear to be original to the house, with period Victorian, four or five-paneled doors and cast iron box locks. There is a doorway from a small back hall space that also provides another point of direct access to this third bedroom.

From this back hall, one can enter the sunroom and large addition at the rear of the house or enter the kitchen on the east side of the house. A sizeable laundry room, pantry and storage space is also accessible here. (This laundry room and the full bathroom that is accessible from the front parlor were at one time a central hallway for the Bryan House, but were converted into more modern and necessary bath and laundry uses at some point in the past.)

The rear sunroom has an exterior doorway to a large outside deck and the back yard area. The two exterior walls of this space are taken up with windows, providing excellent lighting here and in the adjacent family room. The back family room is entered through a large, boxed-in opening from the sunroom. This addition was executed exceptionally well in style and is particularly spacious and comfortable. The room has a tall, built-in bookcase to the left of a period Victorian fireplace and mantel, and on the rear wall is a sizeable bay window with its inviting window seat. Both the sunroom and family room have chair rails and paneled wainscoting.

The kitchen is in good condition and very functional, and the layout is very workable. A new owner, however, may desire to update some finishes and features, such as countertops and cabinet fronts at some point in the future. The kitchen has good access, not only from the back of the house through the sunroom and back hall, but also directly into the dining room. The dining room is a large room that will allow for the placement of traditional formal dining room furniture. In addition to its Victorian mantel, this room also has crown molding at the ceiling with a border of dentil work.

Although the yard for the Annie Bryan House is small, it has nice existing plantings. With a little extra effort, however, the outside spaces could be made into very handsome and easily maintained, landscaped urban spaces with private sitting areas and specialty plantings and garden features.

The Annie Bryan House is within the Tarboro National Register Historic District and the Tarboro Historic District zoning area where any significant exterior alterations will require review and approval by the local Historic District Commission.

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Historic Glencoe Village Millhouse…This lovingly restored and rennovated home reflects the true character of the 1880’s while embracing all of the conveniences of today. Featuring original and reclaimed heartpine flooring, beaded board, clapboard walls, wideplank doors, aged patina walls, rocking chair porches, exposed beams, 3 fireplaces and more…

Fantastic cooks kitchen with granite countertops, centr island with country sink, stainless appliances, gas range, wall oven, 2 drawer dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave. Huge gathering and dining room with triple french doors out to the screened porch…Perfect for all of your entertaining, intimate dinners or an afternoon nap.

Private master suite with clawfoot tub, vintage vanities, cozy fireplace and warm heartpine floors…a wonderful retreat.

Beautiful grounds surround the home with mature landscaping…featuring herbs, perennials and ornamentals. There’s even an “outhouse” turned garden shed! The partial basement is perfect for crafts or a workshop and the patio is a great place to relax in the heat of the day.

Come out to Glencoe Village and tour this special home, wander down the streets, visit the shops and museum, explore the walking trails along the Haw River or kayak along it’s banks.

This is a great place to call home…make it yours today!

All historic homes in the Glencoe Mill Village are under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

One last lot is available for new infill construction in historic Glencoe Mill Village. Decades ago, three historic village homes were burned for fire practice leaving three vacant lots on the upper side of Hodges Street. Help complete the streetscape with this final lot available for infill. The infill house next door was selected as Country Living magazine’s house of the year in 2002.

Located in Glencoe Mill Village, described by the National Park Service as “a nationally significant site representative of the Southern textile mill village and its role in the industrialization of the American South.”

Preservation NC purchased the derelict mill village, 32 vacant houses in varying conditions of decay and a complex of mill buildings along the river, in 1997. Since then, Glencoe has been transformed into a vibrant community of restored historic properties in a picturesque riverfront setting.

Parts of the property have been returned to parkland, and the mill complex is now undergoing a full renovation. It’s an exciting time to be in Glencoe, and this is the last chance to build a new dreamhouse there.

All historic homes in the Glencoe Mill Village are under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

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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 and an oil forced-air furnace. The property is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

Click here for an article from The North Carolina booklet: great events in North Carolina history, which provides information about The Fountain and its builder.

Area Information

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 or

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