Cullen Pippen House – New Price!

  • 94 Robeson School Road
    USA Tarboro , NC 27886
    Edgecombe County
  • $329000
  • 2,700 square feet
  • Lot Size: 6 acres / Zoning: Agricultural

Brock Townsend

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.