Barnett Carr House
- 3,234 square feet
- Lot Size: approx. 1 acres / Zoning: Residential
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Eastern Office
Located in Wallace, the Barnett Carr House is a beautiful two-story Victorian house with many original details and loads of potential. Located in Duplin County, the heart of North Carolina’s wine industry, the potential may be available to purchase additional acreage separately in order to be used as a winery, lovely bed and breakfast, or event center!
Wallace is a small town with a population of 3,880. It is about 45 minutes to Wilmington and 1.5 hours to Raleigh. Wallace has a charming downtown and is home to many prosperous industries and an active Chamber of Commerce. Wallace has lots to offer with numerous civic and fraternal organizations that host events and cultural activities throughout the year, including The Longleaf Arts & Crafts Guild, The Wallace-Rose Hill Friends of the Arts, and the Wallace Revitalization Association. Wallace has a transportation museum in the restored train station, the Wanoca Outdoor Amphitheater, and many recreational activities. For more information, click here.
Architectural & Historical Information
An earlier federal two room house was first built on the site by Barnett Carr (1795-1880) and dates to the early 19th century. The Barnett Carr House was first expanded by Jacob Obed Carr (1840-1914) sometime in the mid 19th century, adding four rooms to the front of the first story, and two rooms above those making it a two-story structure. In the late 19th century, Snyder Hiriam Carr made further additions to the house, adding two more rooms upstairs and the Victorian porches which is the configuration that exists today.
The two-story front porch features beautiful sawnwork with turned spindle porch posts. Interior features include diagonal beadboard wainscoting in the central hall on both the first and second stories, original windows and doors, wood mantels in the parlors, original hardwood floors and original baseboards and door moldings. The house currently has four large bedrooms upstairs, the potential for a master bedroom downstairs, and a large sun room that could make a beautiful light-filled kitchen.
The property has been vacant for many years and suffered from neglect. The front porches will need to be structurally stabilized in order to avoid further collapse, and structural repairs are needed in the sun room. At minimum, one section of the roof requires repairs. The property will need a complete rehabilitation including carpentry and cosmetic repairs, installation of all new systems (plumbing, electrical and HVAC), along with updates to the existing bath and kitchen. Prospective buyers will likely wish to create a master bedroom with bath, and potentially move the location of the existing kitchen in order to accommodate a more modern and spacious kitchen.