Rev. Seth Speight House – UNDER CONTRACT
- 2,012 square feet
- Lot Size: 3.15 acres / Zoning: Agricultural
First Wilson Properties
252-373-0326 (cell), 252-237-9900 (office), firstname.lastname@example.org
Step back in time when you enter this restored and updated 1821 farmhouse on 3.15 acres surrounded by farm fields. This Federal period house has exceptional decorative details. Made of hand-hewn lumber with pegged joinery; sturdy construction that has withstood hurricanes and still has level floors. Updated in 2007: new standing-seam tin roof, central heating, wiring and plumbing, septic system serving house and barn. Original paint, plaster and paneling. Chimneys restored; four working fireplaces, two with gas logs. Eight rooms with 3 bedrooms, one bath; front and back porches. Seven outbuildings include large workshop, exercise studio, garage/tractor barn, and storage building. Hooked to county water system; good broadband service available. The workshop has been restored structurally with massive timbers and the owner says it could easily be turned into an apartment or a house.
The Reverend Seth Speight house is a treasure – significant for its quality of craftsmanship and rich decoration. It is one of the most intact Federal-style houses in Greene County. The house is a single-pile two story frame building with two rear-shed rooms and a 20th-century kitchen ell. The original block of the house features a side-gable main roof with two double-shouldered exterior end chimneys in Flemish bond brickwork, and a fine modillion and dentil cornice on both front and rear facades. The full-width shed roof porch is a later 19th-century replacement and ghost marks indicate that the original entrance was moved one bay south on the three-bay facade. The interior of the original house follows a hall and parlor plan with fine Federal-era woodwork, including four tripartite mantel pieces, flat-paneled and horizontal-board wainscoting, molded chair rails and baseboards, and paneled doors. Both levels of the main house also feature stunning original decorative paint finishes, including mahogany graining and comb-graining on doors and baseboards marbleized in shades of gray and ochre. Transitioning to the Greek Revival period, the house was apparently remodeled between 1850 and 1860 as displayed by the exuberant decorative plasterwork cornice and ceiling medallion in the chamber/parlor. In addition to the house, there are seven outbuildings on site including an early building with two doors, hipped roof and chamfered posts that may have been a dairy. Another early building started as a cotton gin across the road. This building is now a completely rebuilt carpenter’s workshop. The outbuildings also contain garages for three vehicles as well as a tractor or lawnmower. (Preservation NC, 2006)
Constructed between 1811 and 1821 for the Rev. Seth Speight, Jr. (1781-1854). During the Speight family ownership, the farm prospered and expanded until it was over 1,000 acres, producing livestock and crops such as Indian corn, peas, sweet potatoes, cotton, wheat, rye and hay. After Seth Speight’s death, the farm was managed by his daughter Sarah who was responsible for two younger sisters, Elizabeth Ann and Mary, who were both blind and deaf. She left the property to her brother James P. Speight (1814-1891) who had no children and left the property to his wife’s niece, Appie Wooten Bynum. During the Bynum family ownership, the land was farmed and the house occupied by the Garris family until around 1976. In 2006 brothers Edwin and Walter Bynum, working through Preservation of North Carolina, sold the house to Sarge and Ellen Russell who diligently restored and sensitively updated the house that you see today. (Sandbeck, 2009) (Grave)
See the house circa 1940-1986 in this Garris family montage: https://youtu.be/RxQGrQa7A1I
Grave, F. A. (n.d.). Speight Family Memorials. FindaGrave.com.
Preservation of NC. (2006).
Sandbeck, P. S. (2009). Greene Along Contentnea, The Architectural History of Greene County, North Carolina. Snow Hill, NC: Green County Arts and Historical Society, Greene County Museum
The historic Rev. Seth Speight House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at email@example.com or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.