• 628 Robbins Road
    USA Franklin , NC 28744
    Macon County
  • $49,900
  • 1,370 square feet
  • Lot Size: 2.3 acres / Zoning: Residential/Commercial

Ted Alexander , Regional Director
Preservation NC, Western Office

Step back in time and own a piece of the historic, pastoral Little Tennessee River Valley!

This quaint secluded mountain cottage, built along a small meandering stream and located close to the banks of the magnificent Little Tennessee River, is one of a dwindling number of early 20th century structures in the area. An outdoorsman paradise, this area is the premier small bass fishery in western North Carolina. According to local history, the McCoy family built this house in the Etna Township around 1900. Its vernacular construction is typical of small mountain farm houses of the era, with approximately 1,370 square foot, three bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The property borders the conserved Needmore Game Lands near the river, ensuring that it will remain basically in its natural state.

Historical and Architectural Information

The one-and-a-half story house, side gable, single-pile dwelling features plain wood siding and is situated on approximately 2.3 acres surrounded by land protected by the Mainspring Conservation Trust and the protected gamelands. It is one of the few turn of the century farmhouses remaining in the area. The house has a metal roof and a front porch facing the river that features turned posts and exposed rafter tails. There are several remaining outbuildings, in somewhat deteriorated condition. The house was rented as a residence up until recently and is up to very minimal standards of livability. It will need substantial rehabilitation for today’s living standards. It would be possible to live in the house while doing the rehab work, or work on it during weekends, etc. The water system is gravity fed from a spring on the property. A new well is recommended. Sewer is assumed by septic tank, with a new septic likely needed. The larger portion of the northwest part of the front yard of the property lies within the floodplain of the Little Tennessee River. The house itself is outside of the floodplain. One of the few remaining DOT maintained metal and wooden footbridges in western NC is across the street and crosses over the river. The entire house and property is being offered at less than both appraised market and tax values.

Area Information

The Nantahala National Forest, the Nantahala River and Whitewater Center, and the Great Smoky Mountain National are in close proximity. Historic and picturesque downtown Franklin, with a Scottish tartan’s museum, is approximately 8 miles southeast. Bryson City and Cherokee are within thirty minutes from the house. Vibrant downtown Asheville is only 80 miles to the east and downtown Atlanta is less than a three-hour drive from the property.

Macon County does not currently have zoning restrictions.

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