Sarah Boone Wilcox Cabin – SOLD!
- 1,300 square feet
- Lot Size: 3 acres / Zoning: Residential
, Regional Director
Tranquility and history combined in the majestic mountains of Western NC, as featured in This Old House Magazine!
Enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains from the laid back front porch of this historic log house that local tradition holds is associated with Sarah Boone, sister to famed Daniel Boone. Its gorgeous rural setting is ideal as essentials are available in the nearby village of Todd, a “Hand Made in America” community (www.handmadeinamerica.org).
Nearby, you’ll find the Old Todd General Store, New River, Ashe County Frescoes, Blue Ridge Parkway and Jefferson State Park. Nature areas nearby abound with deer, wild turkey and bear. A short drive from Boone on Highway 194, which is a designated NC scenic highway (15 miles), Jefferson (12 miles) or West Jefferson (10 miles) and is a short distance to either the Virginia or Tennessee lines. Click here to visit the town of Todd’s website, or here to learn more about the Elk Knob State Park, which is only 12.5 miles away and has a picnic area, trails (including a summit trail), and back country camping areas. Additional recreational activities include skiing at Sugar and Beech Mountains (both between 45 and 75 minutes away), hiking, fishing and boating at Watauga Lake (in Tennessee, only 42 miles from the cabin) and a variety of outdoor activities available within Cherokee National Forest (also about 42 miles to the center in Cleveland, TN). Less than an hour away are Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis. The cabin sits at an elevation of approximately 3,130 feet.
Architectural & Historical Information
Officials with the Old Fields Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution believe this is one of Ashe County’s oldest homes. This two story house has approximately 1300sf, and features one bedroom and one and a half baths, two large stone fireplaces, spacious open living room combined with dining and kitchen area. Either the entire house of the original log portion of the house would make an excellent space for guest rentals, or as a bed & breakfast. The house has been seasonally rented periodically for the past 15 years.
The original log portion appears to have been a one-story single pen house with a massive fieldstone chimney on its east end. The upper half story of this section is sheathed in modern board and batten siding, as is the one story wing on the west end of the house. The wing is probably a mid to late twentieth century addition and has a large attractive river rock façade chimney. Windows are two-over-two horizontal light and four-over-two sash. Original ground floor flooring in log portion will need some significant structural reinforcement. The house is wired for 110. For an income-producing purpose such as a Bed and Breakfast, the house could be eligible for the Federal 10% credits available for buildings built before 1936. The house has a relatively new well and the septic tank is in excellent working order.
The Sarah Boone-Wilcox Cabin has an interesting history. Originally, it is believed that there was a tract of land about 112 acres consisting of the current log house located on NC 194 at Laurel Knob Gap. This property was received in a grant from the State of North Carolina in 1798. This original grant was made to Samuel Wilcoxson (later shortened to Wilcox), who was the son of John Wilcoxson and Sarah Boone Wilcoxson. Sarah Boone was the sister of Daniel Boone who is reported to have frequented the cabin on many of his sojourns. Roe Wilcox and his wife Ida Vannoy, who once lived there, are buried in the old Wilcox Cemetery, which is also on a knoll directly behind the house (but not on the property for sale).
The home also features a rustic but modern 3 car detached garage with concrete floor perfect for storage and/or repair shop and wired for 220; cobblestone driveway and vintage split rail fence. There are several other ancillary and useful outbuildings including an outhouse. An attractive gold leaf ribbon sign welcomes one to the entrance of the farm. An expansive back yard lends itself to cultivation of a garden and fruit trees, and there is a small, picturesque stream on the edge of the property.