John A. Mason House

**Due to overwhelming interest in this opportunity, we are not accepting further inquiries at this time. Thank you for your interest and support!**

Preservation North Carolina is looking for the next Tenant/Caretaker at the historic John A. Mason House in Chapel Hill (Chatham County), available in early August 2022.

The Tenant/Caretaker role requires regular maintenance responsibilities at the property and part of the road leading to the house, in exchange for a substantially lower than market rate monthly rent.  Certain expenses and labor may be reimbursed with submission of appropriate documentation being provided to Preservation North Carolina.

The monthly rental rate will be $850.00 due on the 1st of each month, with a required one-month security deposit.  We will also consider pets at the property but require an additional completed application, fee, and monthly rent.

Property Information:

Before Rehabilitation

The approximately 2,700 square feet 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is located on a 8.628-acre parcel and is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the State of NC Property Office via the Department of Cultural Resources.  The NC Wildlife Commission has oversight of the surrounding lands including eagle research.  The property is located on a peninsula of Jordan Lake south of Chapel Hill and Durham.  It is surrounded by horse trails and game lands, where hunting is allowed outside a perimeter from the house.  It’s a lovely, heavily-wooded area and only accessible through locked gates down a long gravel drive.

Jordan Game Lands map is available at


After Rehabilitation

Preservation North Carolina managed the restoration of house in the late 1990s and is the official sub-lessee.  Our role is to ensure the continued preservation of the property by having a preservation-minded caretaker residing at the property to provide its upkeep.

The National Register nomination with architectural and historical information is available at