Pendleton House

  • 1516 Nixonton Road
    USA Nixonton , NC 27909
    Pasquotank County
  • $52,700
  • 660 square feet
  • Lot Size: 4.75 acres / Zoning: Residential

Clay Lewis
Stateline Builders,

Situated on 4.75 acres in Nixonton Township, located on the south side of Elizabeth City NC. This lot is cleared and ready for new construction of your dream home in the country!

History and Architectural Information

One of only two remaining gambrel-roofed houses in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, the Pendleton House stands as a fine example of a once numerous house style typical of the yeoman-class farmer and modest merchant of the late-18th century Albemarle region. A dendrochronological study conducted in 1995 by the late Herman J. Heikkinen indicates an initial construction date of 1786.

Although known as the Pendleton House, the Pendleton family did not obtain the property and structure until the 1830s. Following the Pendleton’s ownership, the title subsequently passed through the Parker, Morris, and Barclift families until it was gifted to the Pendleton House Association in 1995. Recent research and documentary evidence, along with a reconstruction of the no longer extant plat map of the town of Nixonton, suggests the original owner may have been Henry Delon, a merchant engaged in trade with the West Indies and Caribbean. In 1995, the structure was moved about five-hundred feet to the north of its original location.

Despite its status as a vernacular dwelling, the Pendleton House does retain a few notable characteristics uncommon for its time and style. The first floor firebox displays a rare herringbone-patterned brick panel known only to two other structures in North Carolina, both nearly half-a-century older – the Jordan House (c1750, Bertie County) and Russellborough (c 1750, Brunswick County). Two other retardataire features, the eared chimney shoulders and the plaster band at the chimney cap, also suggest a mason trained in an older tradition of bricklaying. On the interior of the chimney, evidence suggests a large arched mantel with a four-panelled overmantel – two narrow panels flanking a large center panel, all above a narrow transverse panel, each separated by accompanying rails and stiles.

Perhaps most importantly, the Pendleton House once contained the oldest surviving documented American-made wallpaper. The body of the wallpaper was a plain blue-green field, bordered by an ornate combination of festooned floral garlands and corded tassels, popular French motifs from c 1770 through c 1800. French émigré printer, Anthony Chardon, printed the Pendleton House wallpaper in Philadelphia c 1790. Five of the six extant panels of the wallpaper are housed at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. The sixth panel is in a private collection.

The Pendleton house itself is only an attribute to the land it sits upon. The house comes with 4.73 acres of cleared land suitable for new construction and plenty of room for a horse pasture a large work shop, or both. The Pendleton house, as it is now, is simply an unfinished accessory building, ideally suited for storage, crafts, hobbies, a guest house or a jumbo sized tiny home. The interior is a blank canvas awaiting your creative ideas. The original 18th century mill work has been removed and stored off site. The mill work may be purchased separately for $10,000. The mill work is labeled and well documented so that it can be re-assembled if so desired.

One year ago, the Pendleton house was in a severe state of decay. The additions which were added to the east wall, north wall and the Victorian era porch were all removed and not re-constructed because they were too far gone to save. The current owner chose to return the house back to its original form, or at least as close as the budget would allow. Much of the lumber from the 1840’s addition that was salvageable was repurposed to reproduce many of the timber frame components of the original house that were missing or severely deteriorated. The process of the dismantling and reconstruction of the house can be seen on a time line of photos at the following link: