Flowers-Wooten-Holmes House – UNDER CONTRACT

  • 204 N Center Street
    USA Mount Olive , NC 28365
    Wayne County
  • $179,900
  • 3,513 square feet
  • Lot Size: 0.6 acres / Zoning: R-10

David Kornegay , REALTOR®/Broker
Kornegay Realty, Inc.



Renovation has been completed on 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.