- 3,386 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.47 acres / Zoning: Residential
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Eastern Office
Located in the town of Colerain just minutes from the Chowan River, this two-story, 5 bay Greek Revival home retains many attractive, original features and could be lived in while completing the rehab work. Interior highlights include original heart pine floors, elaborate window and door surrounds, and original paneling. The parlor features an ornate fireplace with Ionic columns, dentil moulding, and ornate detailing.
The quiet community of Colerain in Bertie County is just steps from the Chowan River, which leads to the Albemarle Sound. 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 heights Waterfowl Center in Scotland Neck and canoeing at Merchants Millpond State Park. The area is rich in history, and nearby historical sites include: Hope Plantation, Port o’Plymouth Museum, Somerset Plantation, the Newbold-White House, and numerous historic attractions in Edenton, Tarboro, Murfreesboro and Historic Halifax. The Henry-Beasley House is less than an hour from Elizabeth City, about 60 miles from both Tarboro and Greenville (approximately 35 minute drive) and Kitty Hawk, Manteo and Virginia Beach are all less than 2 hours away.
Architectural & Historical Information
The Henry Beasley House was built around 1820 for Dr. Peyton T. Henry, a member of the North Carolina house of Representatives from 1860-1861 and a strong Unionist leader. The house was purchased by John J. Beasley in 1886, and expanded to include a two-story Victorian addition on the rear. The house remained in the Beasley family until the late 1990’s. Subsequently there has only been one other set of owners. Exterior details include pedimented windows and molded corner posts, and paneled door surround transom and sidelights that flood the entryway with natural light.
The Henry-Beasley House needs a new kitchen downstairs, along with repairs to cracks in the plaster and repainting. One of the larger projects will be rebuilding the left exterior chimney which was toppled in hurricane Matthew (not shown in photo). Additional updates may be needed depending on the buyer’s plans for the house. The wood stove located in the kitchen will not convey with the sale.