Saint Peters Episcopal Church

Quaint rural church built c.1880 with high ceilings, large windows and stained glass arched window, two-story bell tower, original finishes, and pews. Perfect for a charming event venue or a cute coffee shop!

Architectural and Historical Information

The congregation of Saint Peters Episcopal Church was established around 1870 by members of the Gregory family and other residents in the Stovall community, many originating from Virginia. About ten years later they built this simple, yet elegant, rectangular frame chapel with large nine-over-nine double hung sash windows and louvered shutters, a beveled cornice and returns, and a wide paneled frieze.

In 1902, the church was consecrated by the Right Reverend Joseph Blount Cheshire, Bishop of North Carolina. Perhaps in anticipation of the Bishop’s visit, the church was renovated around 1900 including the installation of the pointed arched stained glass window on the west wall behind the chancel. In 1916, the structure was “placed on rollers” and moved further back on the lot to its present location, and work began on the bell tower. The two-story entrance tower features a high-pitched roof covered in pressed metal shingles that flare out at the eaves creating a broad overhang. A diamond shaped vent is set below the cornice band above the front entrance and carries the sound of the bell which is still housed in the belfry.

The entrance is comprised of two large paneled doors beneath a transom, with a bell rope located to the left of the entrance doors. The anteroom is further lit by windows on the south and north walls. The main sanctuary is entered through another set of paneled double-doors with engaged pilasters and molded architrave surround. The quiet simplicity of the chapel is enlivened by horizontally laid beadboard on the walls that continues up the ceiling. In addition to the tall double hung windows, the interior space is lit by simple bulbs that hang on wire above the wood pews. In the center of the space was a wood stove that provided the congregation with warmth in cold weather. The decorated stove has been disconnected, but is stored onsite and the chimney above its former location still pierces the roof.

At the back of the church is the chancel framed by a pointed arch set upon a raised platform. Behind a molded railing with plain picket balustrade is the hand-painted Gothic Revival alter and the lovely stained glass arched window. Flanking the chancel are two rooms entered through doors with patterned beadboard design. The room on the left has a small beadboard door to the alter.

Interior furnishings include the pews, some chairs, and carved benches, plus an organ, piano, and portraits of the Gregory Family who built the church. The crucifix above the sanctuary entrance is from Mexico and was given to the church by E.N. and Marion Dickerson. They also gave the cross on top of the bell tower in 1907. The Dickersons were wealthy New Yorkers who bought a hunting lodge nearby and attended the church during their visits to North Carolina. Mr. Dickerson was the patent attorney for Alexander Graham Bell.

Services were held in the church for 100 years until 1970 when it was deconsecrated. The property was then purchased by members of the Gregory family who have used it for celebrations and functions. Several members of the Gregory family are buried in the small cemetery adjacent to the church.

The church is in good condition and would benefit from some maintenance and thoughtful updates. The building has an electrical system (service disconnected). There is no plumbing or modern heating/cooling. The Town of Stovall has public water and sewer available; however, the church is not yet connected to the public system.

Note: Use coordinates 36.4469397,-78.5705577 for mapping information

Area Information

Just one hour north of Raleigh, Stovall is a small town with a strong desire for recreation. Granville County brings together the best of small-town living and easy access to metropolitan amenities. It is home to thriving equestrian, agri-tourism, and recreational opportunities including farms, stables, local farmers markets, access to five lakes (Lake Devin, Lake Holt, Lake Rogers, Falls Lake, and Kerr Lake), greenways, bike trails, and two recreation facilities. John Penn, one of the original signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence, lived just three miles northeast of Saint Peters, and the historical marker sits in the front yard of the church.

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Located in the heart of Burlington’s Historic District, this piece of history is ready for creative vision and revival!

The 1937 City Directory lists the occupant of this late 19th century traditional-form house as John L. Fonville, Superintendent of King Cotton Mills. The house originally faced Front Street and was moved to its present location. It is a two-story single-pile framed structure with a side gable roof and one- and two-story rear ells. A single-bay porch with gable roof shelters the side-lighted entrance at the center of the three-bay façade; above the entrance is a Palladian-style window, an unusual feature on this relatively simple structure, probably added in the 20th century during the popularity of classically-inspired styles. (Pp. 143; An Architectural History of Burlington, North Carolina)

Built over one hundred years ago, it faced Front Street, but was moved to its current location. It has good bones with high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. The original windows are mostly intact with antique wavy glass. There are several non-working coal fireplaces adorned by mantels and many historical features remain, including trim and fixtures.

Although some of the work has been started, needed repairs include roof, walls, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, as well as updates to the kitchen and baths. This is the perfect project for a do-it-yourself preservation-minded buyer or investor. Finished square footage is listed as 1,278 due to areas that are currently unfinished and/or unheated, however, once rehab is complete, the finished total should be around 2,200 square feet. The house is a contributing property in the historic district and is eligible for historic preservation tax credits to assist with restoration and repairs.

The nearly ½ acre lot provides a mix of sun and shade amidst the open, grassy areas and majestic trees.

Charming 19th-century home nestled on 5 sprawling acres offers a perfect blend of historic elegance and modern convenience!

From the moment you step onto the newly renovated front porch, complete with new brick steps and wood columns, you’ll be captivated by the timeless beauty of this residence. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by the grandeur of the 10-foot ceilings adorned with exquisite crown molding, enhancing the sense of sophistication throughout the main level.

The stunning hardwood floors lead you through the spacious living areas, where built-in cabinets provide ample storage for all your needs. The kitchen, the heart of any home, seamlessly combines modern updates with classic charm. Whip up culinary delights surrounded by the timeless elegance of the hardwood floors and enjoy meals with family and friends in the adjacent dining area.

With four bedrooms and three and a half baths, there is ample room for everyone to find their own sanctuary. Picture yourself cozying up on chilly evenings by one of the six fireplaces tastefully spread throughout the home. Step outside onto the screened-in porch and soak in the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Updates have been thoughtfully carried out to ensure modern comfort without compromising the home’s timeless appeal. In 2021, a high-efficiency 16-steer HVAC system was installed, guaranteeing year-round comfort while reducing energy costs. The crawl space has been lined and foundation insulated, providing peace of mind against the elements. Practical additions such as plantation wood window shutters inside ensure privacy while adding a touch of elegance to every room. A deep well, drilled to a depth of 260 feet, equipped with a submersible pump, guarantees a continuous supply of fresh water.

For those seeking additional workspace, the pole barn has been meticulously converted into an insulated workshop with a concrete floor and two overhead doors.

Preservation & panache: an inspiring Orange County Landmark & Preservation NC property!

The c. 1881 Italianate Nicholas Corbett Hester House was saved from dereliction and delightfully restored with solar power and sensibility to the environment. The house sits on 18 acres of original 100-acre farmland in Cedar Grove.

Nicholas Corbett Hester moved with his family from the log cabin (c.1850) his uncle had built into this fine house in 1882. The cabin which still stands only yards away, was used thereafter as the family’s kitchen. The cabin has now been converted into covered outdoor dining and an entertainment area with a wood stove heated hot tub, solar powered koi pond, and a ‘new’ covered back porch.

Head southeast on the property and you’ll find a giant equipment/multi-purpose shed; a guest/rental suite fashionably fashioned from the original tobacco barn, an over the top, light-filled artist studio complete with a main-level kitchen, full bath, state of the art kiln, and loft; and a well-equipped, light-filled workshop. The property also features a Rumford fireplace, 2 outdoor showers, radiant heated floors, and more!

The Nicholas Corbett Hester House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

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Own a piece of Caswell County history!

The Sallie Martin house boasts woodwork out of the Thomas Day shop in Milton, NC with handmade mantels and trim throughout the main level. The house was updated between 2006-2015 and now offers modern comforts without compromising the original features of the home.

The property has a main level primary bedroom, bath, and laundry room, along with a modern kitchen, gracious dining room, half-bath, and living room. There is a separate guest quarters on the upper level that includes two full private bathrooms. The exterior of the home offers 2 wood storage buildings and a patio area.

The Sallie Martin home is recognized in various publications pertaining to Caswell County & North Carolina historical homes.

The Sallie Martin House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.



African-American landmark located in the flourishing and desirable small town of Belmont! Just one mile from I-85, and minutes to downtown Charlotte, Belmont Abby College and the banks of the Catawba River. The house is a flagship property of the Lincoln Park neighborhood and the last remnant of Reid High School, established by the namesake of the house. Sited on a corner lot and adjacent to Reid Park, Main Street is a short ten-minute walk with many public offerings, restaurants and shopping.

Architectural and Historical Information

Professor Charles Jesse Bynum Reid was born in 1879 in the village of Lowell in Gaston County to Mag and John Reid. Reid was one of eight children born to his formerly enslaved parents, and he graduated in 1904 from Lincoln Academy in Kings Mountain before enrolling in Knoxville College in Tennessee. There, he earned a degree and began his lifelong passion for teaching. He returned to Gaston County and by 1918, he was a teacher in Mount Holly, known by the community as “Professor Reid.”

In 1918, at the age of 38, he married another Gaston County schoolteacher, Maude Herndon, and the couple built their Craftsman bungalow in Belmont. There, they raised four children (Bernard, Helen, Horace, and Doris) and contributed their lives to improving the community through education and ministry.

He commissioned a school to be built adjacent to their home, initially named the Reid School, which included instruction through the 6th grade. In time, the school was expanded to include grades 1-12 and was renamed Reid High School in 1932. Professor Reid died in 1940 and the school was closed in 1966 with the buildings on its campus quickly destroyed. Today, the site remains open to the public as a community park and features a sculpture entitled “The Message” to honor the role of the school in Belmont’s Black community.

The Reid House remains an important touchstone to the Reid family and their contributions to Belmont. The house is well-located on high land adjacent to Reid Park. The story-and-a-half bungalow offers a welcoming wrap-around porch supported by battered-post-on-brick pier supports, a key feature in Craftsman architecture.

The interior features cozy fireplaces and a built-in china cabinet in the dining room.  The house is arranged asymmetrically, with a parlor and dining room aligned to a rear kitchen space, balanced with a private office and a main level primary suite. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms that could be re-imagined as two bedrooms serviced by a Jack-and-Jill bath installation in the room between the two.

The Reid House will require a comprehensive rehabilitation in a manner that preserves important original architectural features such as windows, molding, mantels, and built-in cabinetry. Other spaces may be renovated to meet modern needs such as the kitchens and bathrooms. The house is being sold subject to protective covenants and a rehabilitation agreement to ensure that it will remain a well-preserved landmark representing an important chapter of our state’s history.

Area Information

A small Main Street America city in Gaston County, Belmont is located just 12 miles to Charlotte Center City, 7 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and 9 miles east of Gastonia. It was named for New York banker August Belmont, and was once known as Garibaldi Station. Belmont is home to a farmer’s market, Stowe Park, outdoor enthusiast activities along the Catawba River, local shops, restaurants and dining options, all while being commutable to everything Charlotte has to offer. The 2021 census notes Belmont’s population at 15,135, with Gaston County being at 230,856.  For more area information, visit and

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The 1924 white stucco Georgian Revival home built by furniture magnate B.F. Huntley for his family of eight was designed by the renowned Philadelphia architect Charles Barton Keen, aided by local architect William Roy Wallace. Landscaper Thomas Sears designed the original 18-acre grounds. Charles Barton Keen is best known locally for his design and building of Reynolda, home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds, now Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

The Huntleys owned the home until 1948 when part of the property and home were sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, NC, for a Catholic school. In 1976, the current owners bought the home and restored it to its original grandeur. The home and grounds have been very well maintained and are in excellent condition.

The Cottage originally was the three-car garage with chauffeur’s quarters plus a basement which housed an auxiliary coal boiler to heat the main house and chauffeur’s quarters. The Cottage was totally renovated in 2019. This is a one-story 1,543 square foot stand-alone cottage. The original Green Ludowici-Celadon Tile Roof was removed during renovation and re-installed.

The house and property are NOT under any type of National Register and/or Local Historic Landmark designations. There are application forms and reports about the property that are required, and the two types of designation have different review and approval processes. The websites below will give some information about both types of designation:

Forsyth County Local Historic Landmark Program
NC State Historic Preservation Office

For additional information about historic designations please contact:
Michelle McCullough, Historic Resources Office, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning & Development Services. Office: 336-747-7063. Mobile: 336-701-9452. Email:

Now is your chance to celebrate the 100th Birthday of this Classic Home on one of Winston-Salem’s prettiest treelined streets and a short “drive” to Forsyth Country Club. Super convenient to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest University and Downtown Winston-Salem!

For a private tour and additional information and photos, please contact Jack Stack.

Welcome to the circa 1885-1890 Thomas House – a Historic Salisbury Foundation revolving fund project!

The Thomas House is a typical North Carolina Victorian Vernacular house with a 2-story side gable front elevation and a 1-story rear portion. The house boasts an impressive and massive 40′ long center hallway and a newly rebuilt front porch that is 36′ wide and 7 feet deep. There are 2 extra large front parlors and 2 upper front bedrooms, each with an original fireplace.

The property has been stabilized with a new roof, reconstructed front porch, and repairs made to the center hallway. Extensive restoration is still required before it is livable including some flooring, plumbing, HVAC, kitchen, and bathrooms. However the house does have a newer electrical system.

The historic Thomas House resides in an area that was a thriving part of Salisbury’s growth in the late 19th century. It was both a residential and commercial neighborhood with cotton mills and businesses built before the age of the automobile. The house is located close to Canon Park, Salisbury’s downtown with over 25 eateries, breweries, unique shops, and theatres.

The Thomas House is under historic covenants and has deed restrictions. The Historic Salisbury Foundation has saved over 125 properties utilizing their revolving fund and is celebrating over 50 years of preservation.

The Thomas House is listed under MLS 4071864.

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Surrounded by the 18-acre woodland gardens of Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Park, this stately Georgian revival home on a corner lot is a celebration of original history and modern livability!

Features like the clay tile roof, original tiled bathrooms, and majestic staircases take you back in time while you enjoy the updated custom kitchen with quartz countertops, new stainless appliances, and 19-SEER dual-zoned HVAC.

Recent Improvements:

  • Downstairs hardwoods refinished (2020)
  • Full house interior repaint (2020)
  • New carpet installed (2020)
  • New custom quartz countertops (2021)
  • New custom kitchen cabinetry (2021)
  • New Maytag dishwasher (2021)
  • New Samsung gas range (2021)
  • New gas line to kitchen (2021)
  • Installed range hood (2021)
  • New custom tile backsplash (2021)
  • New Panasonic microwave (2021)
  • Installed new bar sink in kitchen (2021)
  • New 19-SEER variable speed HVAC and full ductwork replacement with dual zone climate control (2022)

Step outside for a gardener’s paradise with raised beds, mature landscaping, and fenced backyard. When on the grounds you’ll forget you are minutes away from the Country Club of Salisbury and the heart of downtown.

Don’t let this opportunity to own a piece of history pass you by! Property sale includes professional architectural plans for two primary suite configurations and two sunroom configurations.

On the National Register of Historic Places, the David A. Barnes House is one of the most prestigious homes in northeastern North Carolina!

Built in 1875 in Murfreesboro, NC, the David A. Barnes House is one of the last and most elaborate to be designed and built by Jacob W. Holt. The property consists of over 8 acres, mostly fenced, with several contributing outbuildings. The main house is an Italianate two-story, three-bay wide, hipped roof, wood frame home.

The home has 12′ ceilings, refinished heart pine floors, original doors, windows, baseboards, and more. A wide front porch leads to a breathtaking front entry foyer. The center hallway divides the two front rooms and the two rear rooms on each floor with a formal staircase in the front foyer and a more simple staircase at the rear. The downstairs rooms are more elaborate, with the center hallway and three of the rooms offering decorative plaster crown mouldings. The two front rooms have original sliding pocket doors that lead out onto side porches. There is also a den or library, which could be used as a main level bedroom.

The main floor has a full bath with antique fixtures, a half bath, laundry room, dining room, breakfast room, and a modern kitchen with high-end appliances. The downstairs back hallway leads onto a covered porch and deck, perfect for entertaining and enjoying the private back yard. The upstairs has four rooms and a full bath. The attic is floored, offers plenty of storage, and is accessed by a permanent stairway.

The home is heated with a gas pack and an electric heat pump, and is cooled with central air conditioning. Hot water is provided with an on-demand propane water heater. Top-of-the-line Velvalume storm windows protect the windows and help insulate the home.

There is a hay barn, stable, four-seater privy, chicken shed, garden shed, cook’s house, and cabin. The cook’s house has been restored, has a mini split for heat and a/c, and is the perfect spot for a home office or studio. The cabin would be a great guest house or home office with renovations. This treasure is protected by historic covenants and is eligible for tax credits.

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On the National Register of Historic Places

The David A. Barnes House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Located in Union County in the Downtown Monroe Historic District!

The Tharp-Ingram House was built circa 1915. Towering slate and copper roofs crown this solid masonry Victorian masterpiece with over 4,000 square feet of renovated elegance, wraparound porches, 10 foot ceilings, maple and pine floors, grand staircase, tastefully renovated kitchen, and new mechanicals.

All of this just minutes from downtown Monroe’s charming restaurants and shops and 30 minutes to downtown Charlotte restaurants, shops, and nightlife.

Located in downtown Rocky Mount just blocks from the train station, station square and main street as a contributing structure in the Villa Place historic district. Eligible for historic preservation tax credits!

Architectural and Historical Information

Built in 1910 for mill manager John Westbrook, and his wife Ella, the Westbrook-Sanders House is a two-story frame front gambrel Dutch Colonial Revival located in the Villa Place National Register Historic District in downtown Rocky Mount. The property has been in the Sanders family since 1944.

From the front door entry parlor, two French doors lead to the central dogleg stair with a reeded square newel post, turned spindles, and beadboard wainscot with wood floors located throughout the house. The living room features a corner Colonial Revival mantel with curved pilasters and overmantel mirror with a small bay window to the right. The dining room Colonial Revival mantel also features an overmantel mirror, ionic columns, a bracketed shelf, and brown majolica tile surround. Beadboard wainscotting continues in the dining room with picture rail. Leading into the kitchen is a butler’s pantry with glass front doors above and four-paneled doors below. A rear porch was enclosed with six-pane casement windows and beadboard wall and ceilings with chair rail.

The downstairs master runs the length of the left rear of the house, formerly a wraparound porch converted in the 1930’s to a downstairs master with attached bath. Upstairs the center hall leads to three bedrooms, with a hall bath located to the left of the stair. A second-story sleeping porch is located off the rear bedroom with six-pane casement windows, beadboard wainscoting and chair rail. The bedrooms each have wide beaded baseboard and picture rail.

The exterior is clad in a later asbestos siding. To the rear of the property sits a historic double door brick single bay garage. Six-panel doors and one-over-one windows are found throughout the house, except in the later enclosed porches.

Lived in until recently, a complete rehabilitation is needed including structural and roof assessment, repairs to plaster walls, updates to mechanical, plumbing and HVAC, and updates to the kitchen and baths. The original wood clapboard siding may exist under the asbestos siding, but careful removal would be necessary to ensure safety. A contributing structure in the Village Place National Register Historic District, the property is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.

Area Information

Rocky Mount is split between Edgecombe and Nash counties. As of 2020 the city’s population was 54,341, making it the 20th-most populated city in NC at the time. Rocky Mount is home to the revitalized Rocky Mount Mills, located on the Falls of the beautiful Tar River. The Rocky Mount Mills brings together residential, commercial, cultural, and entertainment amenities in one unique destination. It features a coffee shop, restaurants, microbreweries, condos, workspaces, and indoor and outdoor event venues. Also located in downtown is the Historic Rocky Mount Train Station, which provides Amtrak services all across the east coast. Rocky Mount is located 45 miles east of Raleigh.

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Surrounded by hundreds of acres of Duke Forest, this 12+ acre treasure is a work of art. The primary residence, completed in 2009, is resplendent with historic materials rescued from a beautiful old house in Halifax, VA. Reclaimed materials include the front door, staircase, and many floorboards, beams and beadboard. The newel post and staircase wainscoting are attributed to Thomas Day, a renowned furniture craftsman from nearby Milton, NC. The stone walls around the exterior of the house and the magnificent stone fireplace in the great room are constructed from stone salvaged from the Halifax house foundation. A log cabin was also relocated from the Halifax property and serves as a playhouse. Within the structure, the Great Room is a late 1800’s Canadian barn, disassembled and reassembled in West Virginia for inspection, then moved to Durham and reassembled on site using the Amish tradition in true barn raising.

A carefully restored separate 1840’s farmhouse with sits on this land that was once part of a land grant given by King George to the Couch family in the 1700’s. The owners restored the farmhouse, removing sheetrock, wallpaper, newspaper and burlap to expose the original boards. The ceiling in the first floor bedroom bears its original green paint. The original log cabin “summer kitchen” remains and according to the NC Department of Cultural Resources, the cabin door is likely one of the oldest remaining in the state. This farmhouse provides an additional 1,743 square feet of charming guest quarters with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, living room with fireplace, full kitchen and screen porch.

Ancient trees shade and grace this land, offering quiet and privacy while only minutes from Duke, Downtown Durham and Chapel Hill. Established gardens include stone and brick hardscape, retaining walls, a meandering creek bed and koi pond lovingly planted with specimen favorites and next generation trees. Deer fencing & irrigation protect the large vegetable garden. This home is historic preservation in the intended loving tradition.

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Alert: this one is special! Upscale renewal of charming historic cottage just completed!

The Sylvester Cottage (c. 1908) features two large bedrooms, 2 new bathrooms, 10′ ceilings, 1,387 square feet, and a convenient downtown location. Upon entry, walk right in to a beautiful front parlor with fireplace. The brand-new kitchen features premium dual-fuel range, under-counter microwave, premium solid wood cabinets, and top-rated quartz counters. There is a new ‘smart’ washer/dryer in the kitchen alcove. New light fixtures include a gorgeous chandelier in the dining room. The owners’ suite offers a brand-new tiled bath with a 6′ glassed shower, folding teak seat, and a large vanity with dual farm sinks.

Light colors and period-appropriate wallpaper throughout the house were selected by a professional decorator and give the home a unique and inviting charm. Many restored original features include: original pine floors, wood ceilings, mantels, solid wood doors, original wood windows/storms, moldings with rosettes, etc.

The house is equipped with central AC/gas heat, a tin shingle roof, and a large attic with pull-down stair. Conveniently located just 8 blocks to The Square and 3 blocks to park!

Listed as the King-Raley-Poole House in the National Register of Historic Places.

Stylishly detailed Neoclassical Revival house built in 1914 from plans by noted Raleigh architect Frank B. Simpson. Located in a prominent location in the Carthage Historic District, the Charles T. Sinclair House offers 12 beautifully appointed rooms for use as a residence or inn!

Architectural and Historical Information

This stylishly detailed Neoclassical Revival house was built for local merchant Charles T. Sinclair and his wife Mamie in 1914 from plans by noted Raleigh architect Frank B. Simpson. Simpson, whose work included commercial, institutional and residential projects across the state, designed this exquisite large house in the latest fashion during a time when well-heeled northeasterners were moving to resort communities such as Pinehurst and Southern Pines. Sited on a prominent location along McReynolds Street in the Carthage Historic District, the Charles T. Sinclair House offers 12 beautifully appointed rooms for use as a residence or B&B inn.

The once monumental semicircular front portico with Corinthian columns was removed several years ago and will need to be restored. Remaining original exterior features include the use of blonde brick, a porte-cochère and one-story side porch ornamented with Corinthian columns and balustrades, and a double-leaf main entrance framed by an elliptical fanlight of art glass and large sidelights which is repeated above and on either side by equally impressive tripartite windows topped by art glass fanlights. A balcony above the front entrance is supported by boldly proportioned Craftsman-style brackets. The roof is adorned with a front dormer, pressed metal shingles, ornamental wrought iron cresting, and tall corbelled brick chimneys.

The interior features a grand columned entrance with sweeping staircase is framed by columned arches and a lighted newel post. The large parlors with coved ceilings and elegant woodwork including pocket doors, tall mirrored mantels, wood floors throughout, and period lighting have been preserved. A sizable catering kitchen would benefit from updates. While the house is habitable with functioning HVAC and a few half baths, no full bathroom exists. Areas of deferred maintenance including some water infiltration, soffit repair, reconstruction of the front portico, repainting, and other upgrades as necessary await the new owner.

The Charles T. Sinclair House is a contributing structure within the Carthage Historic District and is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.

Area Information

The Town of Carthage was established in 1776 and serves as the county seat of Moore County, which was predominantly settled by Scottish immigrants traveling up the Cape Fear valley. The success of the local buggy manufacturing, furniture, and timber industries led to the construction of many of the historic homes now found along Carthage’s main streets. Home to world class golf and equestrian centers, Pinehurst and Southern Pines are only 20 minutes away. Other recreational areas include the beautiful Uwharrie Mountains where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boating, hiking and history/archaeology in just 40 minutes. Residents can reach the Research Triangle Park/Raleigh- Durham area or Fayetteville within an hour.

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Characteristic Mid-Century Modern Church Designed by Prolific Shelby Architectural Firm!

Architectural and Historical Information

This classic, yet restrained, Mid-Century Modernist church building, originally built in 1955 and designed by the noted local firm of Breeze, Holland & Riviere, is well maintained and is “move-in” condition for an emerging church, event venue (with appropriate zoning) or perhaps even some interesting apartments (the property is zoned R-6). There is ample parking on the south side and a large fenced-in yard in the back.

Since its original construction as a chapel, the church grew through several sympathetic additions. L. Peg Holland employed several features reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright influence, including the “emerging, ground hugging” gable front with sweeping gables and wide overhangs with brick buttresses marching along the exterior walls of the nave. A trio of tall, vertical rectangular windows with blue, white, and purple marbleized glass lights ornaments the front gable end.

The church has a sanctuary with a low-slung ceiling, exposed rafters, ante room, foyer, ample assembly area, thirteen Sunday school-sized classrooms (with a majority having separate transom lights providing natural light to the corridors), six half baths, two utility rooms, and seven small storage rooms. The church is one story with only three steps to one addition, and five steps up to the sanctuary.

Located less than one mile off US Highway 74 Bypass in Shelby, the property is located in a desirable neighborhood with established homes and is only 5 minutes from historic Uptown Shelby and 50 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Area Information

Shelby is attractive historic town of approximately 22,000, strategically located between Charlotte and Spartanburg SC, situated in the combined foothills of the Blue Ridge and south Mountain ranges. Outdoor activities abound with waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, and other natural amenities. The city is known for its steady economic growth and quality of living. Shelby’s award-winning uptown business district offers a variety of shops and restaurants, an active arts council, Earl Scruggs Center, the renowned Don Gibson Theatre (a performing arts center), Bobby Bell Pavilion with seasonal Farmers Market, and city park complex with an Olympic-size swimming pool, fully functioning 1918 Hershel-Spillman Carousel, miniature train and nine-hole golf course. Known as the City of Pleasant Living, Shelby was one of the first “Main Street” cities in the country. For more information visit and

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The important “Charles T. Holt” Landmark Historic Estate located on 23 sprawling and beautiful acres in the town of Haw River is back on the market!

The spacious interior has just been restored by renowned historic restoration specialist Diane Eckland with Shade Tree Construction. All bathrooms have been completely redone; all plaster walls and ceilings have been re-coated; entire interior re-painted; heart pine floors refinished; all new plumbing; and all brass window and door hardware removed cleaned and polished. Additional work has been done on both barns.

The Charles T. Holt House is ready to move in and continue the journey at your own pace.

The property includes 2 historic homes, 2 large bay finished garages with finished space above, 2 large barns, 2 horse stalls with large run in stalls, and other miscellaneous buildings. The possibilities are for this property are endless!  A must see to experience.

The property also has approximately 15 acres of fenced horse/livestock pasture, a fishing pond, approximately 700 feet of river frontage on the Haw River, borders the Challenge Golf Club course, and is just minutes from the interstate.

The Charles T. Holt House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Historic Branch Grove (circa 1828) is very significant in NC local and state history!

One of only a few remaining tripartite houses, it’s been home for many leading NC citizens. Alpheus Branch, a founder of modern-day BB&T was born and raised in this property. “Tripartite” houses are an English tee-shaped country house plan imported by early American colonists.

Branch Grove’s two-story “t”-shaped bloc features two bedrooms, one and a half baths, eat-in kitchen, great room, and dining room with wet bar adjoining the great room. Its 1790 Georgian bloc addition connected by a windowed hallway features the master bedroom suite with a large bath, laundry room, and an upstairs bonus room. Each bloc has a unique covered entrance lovingly restored from the graceful existing porches.

Branch Grove features six fully restored working fireplaces. Its meticulous restoration emphasizes its vernacular architectural detailing of wainscoting, door surrounds, etc., and its original flooring. Period-appropriate hardware, hinges, and locks complement this exacting restoration. Architectural details long hidden under many layers of paint are now revealed in their original state.

Painted in neutral colors, the house provides a pleasing palette for its new owner’s preferences. Another important consideration are many conservation techniques used to ensure its structural stability for years to come.

This fully-restored property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Samuel Warren Branch House.

Branch Grove is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

Click here to watch a video tour of Branch Grove.

Remarkable c.1798 Moravian farm house sited on 8+ acres. The house was the home of the first Hanes descendant in NC. The house received a meticulous restoration in 2015 including all new systems, cedar shingle roof, copper gutters, new baths, a historically sympathetic addition includes state-of-the-art kitchen, 2-story great room with wood burning fireplace, wonderful open porch with another fireplace, stone terrace and new garage with expansion potential.

Stunning professionally landscaped grounds features the original, restored springhouse. A long winding driveway creates the perfect approach to this historic masterpiece.

Truly a one-of-a kind property. Property qualifies for the Forsyth County 50% Historic Tax Credit.

Hanes Farm is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.


Early log house with large stone chimneys, exposed beaded ceiling joists, wide wall planks, hand-forged door hardware, and a rear wing, once an early separate kitchen. Family cemetery with ancient soapstone markers nearby all situated on a bucolic ridge between Wentworth and Reidsville. Only 30 minutes to Piedmont-Triad International Airport and 39 minutes to Greensboro. Additional acreage available.

Architectural and Historical Information

A remarkably intact and early example of one of the most substantial and carefully crafted log houses in the Piedmont and mountain regions of North Carolina and neighboring states, the picturesquely sited King House is believed to have been built shortly after 1800 for farmer William King, whose family has continued to farm the place for more than two centuries.

Built of timber felled at the site and stones gathered from nearby fields, the compact dwelling represents many aspects of Piedmont building traditions that reflect the originally remote site, the wealth of natural resources, and the skills of regional artisans. It stands one story high with an attic half-story and has thick log walls (now covered with wooden and asphalt siding). The builders, possibly including King family members, collected fieldstones to build the foundation and the large, well-crafted stacked-stone chimney. The stone foundation and chimney will need repair. The interior follows a widely used and functional three-room plan, with one large main room heated by the chimney and two smaller chambers beside it. An enclosed stair rises to a single large room above.

In contrast to the plainer finish of many log houses, the care devoted to building the King House appears in such hallmarks of “neat and workmanlike” craftsmanship as the beaded ceiling joists, heart pine floors, batten doors hung with hand-wrought HL hinges, and beaded tongue-and-groove sheathing of the walls, made of hand-hewn boards over 20 inches wide, which recall the massive trees of the old forests in the area.

Over the years, an originally detached kitchen with stacked-stone chimney was linked to the house by a small “connector” room, and a rear side porch was enclosed. In the twentieth century, the family added the asphalt siding.

The King House has survived because of its long and uninterrupted family history and stewardship. Its precise construction date is uncertain because traditional building techniques changed slowly over the years, but it is believed to have been built early in the nineteenth century on land farmed by the family since Thomas King (ca. 1740-1817) moved here from Maryland and bought 150 acres in 1785. Raising diverse crops and livestock to feed his family and make a modest profit, Thomas expanded his holdings over the years and in 1802 deeded land to his son William, for whom the present log house was probably built. Nearby is a family cemetery where the earliest dated stone marks the grave of William’s daughter, Martha, who died on February 14, 1818 at age 12.

After King family members resided here until 1918, for several years thereafter the house was the home of tenants who farmed the land; in recent decades it has been vacant but protected by the family. Although William King’s farmstead was divided among family members over the years, much of it is the core of the present 240-acre farm continuously owned and operated by the family. This heritage has been recognized by designation as a North Carolina Century Farm in 1986 and a Bicentennial Farm by the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture in 2017.

The house will require a complete rehabilitation including repair of the roof and the log walls as well as installation of new systems including electrical, plumbing and HVAC, and a new kitchen and bathrooms. The King House and cemetery are being sold on ten acres.

Area Information

The quiet rural nature and charming small towns of Rockingham County belie its dynamic cultural, historic and recreational opportunities. From rolling agricultural landscapes, quaint historic villages and museums to music festivals, shopping, and exciting water sports on any one of four rivers, the area has something to offer everyone. Just a couple miles south of the King House is the site of the Colonial-era Ironworks, visited by George Washington during his 1791 Southern Tour. The King House is located between the towns of Reidsville to the east (just off US-29) and the county seat of Wentworth to the west. Only 30 minutes to Piedmont-Triad International Airport and 39 minutes to Greensboro.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the King House

Perfectly situated near Gastonia and Charlotte, this unique property on the Town Square is ideal for an adaptive re-use office space, coffee shop, retail space, or residence that provides the elusive combination of urban feel with small town charm! Part of the Dallas Historic District–it’s also eligible for historic tax credits!

Architectural and Historical Information

Built ca. 1847 on the historic Dallas Town Square, the Smyre-Pasour House is one of the few remaining antebellum Greek Revival-style houses in Gaston County. The 1973 National Register nomination describes the Dallas Historic District and Court Square as “a quiet grouping of well-preserved commercial and residential structures around the shaded courthouse square…an idyllic small-town atmosphere recalling the slower pace of the late nineteenth century.”

Set flush with the street with ample public parking, the Smyre-Pasour House is perfect for adaptive re-use to contribute to the quaint but vibrant downtown square, which currently supports restaurants, bakeries, museums, florists, art, event venues, a public library, and more. The front door of the house faces the former Gaston County Courthouse, which sits on several acres of beautifully manicured grounds, and is the host of many events including regular outdoor performances, art shows, and festivals.

The oldest section of the one-story vernacular Greek-Revival house is a center hall plan, with brick chimney at either end. A slightly later addition was added to the north side and once served as a schoolroom. The addition stretches the façade to an eight-bay width and gives the impression of row-housing, a unique characteristic in a small southern town.

The Smyre-Pasour House has nearly 2,000 square feet of voluminous space begging to be used. Stepping through one of the two front doors off the street, the soaring 12-foot ceilings will take you by surprise. Filled with natural light from the original 9-over-9 windows, the rooms are warm, inviting, and spacious. The front three rooms are adorned with fireplaces and distinctive mantles, most notably a unique and expressive vernacular mantle in the center room. The interior of the house is almost entirely finished in wood, with original horizontal and vertical plank walls, wooden picture rails, paneled & pegged and plank doors, and gorgeous plank ceilings. There are currently two full bathrooms located in the house, each with an original short cast iron clawfoot tub.

The rear ell of the house is anchored by a prodigious fireplace with firebox and hearth. Leading out to the back porch, which recently had extensive stabilization work completed, you’ll notice an original well house located in the backyard with ample open space to use as needed.

The house and well house are contributing structures in the Dallas National Register Historic District and are eligible for state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Area Information

Dallas is experiencing a boom and the property is located in the heart of it all, on the quaint Town Square within walking distance to everything. The former Courthouse is right across the street and has been transformed into a first-class museum and gathering space. Also on the square is The Hoffman House Hotel Museum, a museum of history and art, and the Old Dallas Jail, recently rehabilitated into a gorgeous event venue. Construction was recently announced of a new Gaston County Regional Aquatic Center, which will be built a half mile from the Smyre-Pasour House. The center will house an Olympic-sized 50-meter indoor pool for competitive swimming and a 25-meter warm water programming pool with zero-degree entry that will be used for a variety of aquatic purposes. The Gaston Regional Aquatic Center is just one more development sure to have economic and tourism impact on Dallas and Gaston County. Dallas is well-situated with an easy drive to Gastonia, just minutes away from Highway 321, and less than 30 minutes from Charlotte.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the Smyre-Pasour House

Click here to view the floor plan for the Smyre-Pasour House

Click here to view a tour video of the Smyre-Pasour House on Cheap Old Houses Instagram account

Click below to view the gallery for concept layouts of potential uses for the Smyre-Pasour House. (Please note: These drawings are conceptual only and do not take into account any building code requirements.)



Mid-century Modernist school available for adaptive use! 

Architectural and Historical Information

Constructed for the African American Community before integration, the Dunbar School was named for Paul Lawrence Dunbar, an African American poet born in Dayton, Ohio in 1872. He was the son of former slaves and a classmate of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Though Dunbar only lived to be 33 years old, he was prolific, writing short stories, novels, librettos, plays, songs and essays, as well as the poetry for which he became well known. He was popular with black and white readers of his day, and his works are celebrated today by scholars and school children alike. Many schools across the nation reflect the Dunbar name.

The Dunbar School was constructed before integration and was an important part of the education of the African American community in Lexington. The initial building was constructed in 1951 in the Modernist style of architecture. There were additions made in 1957 and 1962 that continued this trend. The 1973 octagonal addition added more classrooms and a media center. There was also a large ramped hallway added during the 1973 addition to make the school handicapped accessible.

Located on 10 acres, the school was built in a rectangular fashion creating a spacious outdoor courtyard. Large steel windows allow an abundance of natural light to shine into the classrooms. There are approximately 30 classrooms, a media center/library, and a large auditorium able to accommodate over 500, a cafeteria that can accommodate in excess of 250, and a gymnasium. The building has remained unused since 2009. The school is heated with natural gas and has central air (all of which should be assessed by the buyer) throughout with the exception of the auditorium, gymnasium and the large ramped hallway.

The former tennis courts, playground and softball field (modified by the city with new equipment) on the school parcel is currently leased to the City of Lexington and used as a city park. The former school building and grounds welcomes a creative new use. Current zoning is Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) which allows the following with additional requirements: residential care home, apartments, and condominiums.

Nearby major employers include Atrium Windows & Doors, EGGER Wood Products, and soon Seimens Mobility. This convenient location is between thriving Uptown Lexington and the growing shopping district along Interstate 85. The property is being sold subject to protective covenants and a rehabilitation agreement.

The Dunbar School is on the Study List for the National Register of Historic Places but is not yet listed. If listed, it would become eligible for historic preservation tax credits. In North Carolina, both state and federal income tax credits are available for the certified rehabilitation of historic structures. For the rehabilitation of income-producing certified historic structures, a 20% federal income tax credit and a tier based state income tax credit are available. For more information on Historic Preservation Tax Credits, please contact the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office at 919-807-6570 or at

Area Information

Lexington is located in the Piedmont of North Carolina. It has a population of approximately 20,000 and is located on the Interstate 85 corridor between Greensboro and Charlotte. It is the county seat of Davidson County. Its Uptown area has a beautiful historic downtown with quaint shops and restaurants. Lexington is home to internationally known artist Bob Timberlake. It is also home to Childress Vineyards owned by NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. Greensboro (northeast on Interstate 85) and Winston-Salem (north on Highway 52) are short commutes away. Charlotte is located less than 1 hour south on Interstate 85.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for the Dunbar School

Click here to view the protective covenants for the Dunbar School

Click here to view additional documents for the Dunbar School including an environmental assessment, flood map, site plan and floorplans, and a survey of the parcel



Early house in charming Warrenton historic district and home of prominent cabinet-maker Thomas Reynolds! Just 1 hour from Raleigh and Durham and 2 hours from Richmond, VA.

The building will require a complete rehabilitation including structural/foundation work, restoration carpentry, and all new systems. Located in the Warrenton National Register District, the Thomas Reynolds House is eligible for tax credits. The Town of Warrenton offers revitalization and economic development incentives including the Revolving Loan Program, Downtown Redevelopment Incentive Grant, and Awning Program:

Architectural and Historical Information

The historic Thomas Reynolds House, locally known as the Reynolds Tavern, is an intriguing Boom Era house thought to have been the home of prominent cabinet-maker Thomas Reynolds who came to Warrenton in 1804. Warren County’s economic success created a wealthy planter class with cosmopolitan tastes drawing several professionals and tradesman to Warrenton in the early 19th century. Alongside the impressive high-style town houses, modest scale dwellings and shops were built for the merchants, professionals and tradesmen who catered to them. Thomas Reynolds was among the many craftsmen who arrived from Petersburg, Virginia and within months was advertising for an apprentice. His location on Bragg Street near Market Street would have put him right next to the bustling activity of Main Street on busy postal routes from Petersburg, and the Halifax and Salisbury lines. He continued to run a successful business advertising again as late as 1833 for another apprentice. It is possible that Thomas Reynolds employed John Day, Sr. and may have apprenticed Thomas Day and his brother, John Day, Jr. In recent years research indicated that the structure may have served as a tavern, however it appears as a residential dwelling in the 1896 Sanborn Map.

Though the front elevation and first floor have been remodeled over the years, the rear elevation exhibits much of its early character. Interior and exterior early 19th century features include the stone foundation, roof dormers, winder stair, 9-over-9 sash windows, door and window surrounds, boxed eaves, flush gable ends, and large stuccoed center chimney. The second floor retains early wide wood floors and views of the mortise-and-tenon construction.

WRAL article with video and photos of the Thomas Reynolds House
Thomas Reynolds House on The Forgotten South
This Old House: Thomas Reynolds House

Area Information

The picturesque Town of Warrenton is located near Kerr Lake and only an hour from Raleigh. Its well-preserved small town character has been rediscovered and enjoys a thriving community life.  Formed in 1779, Warren County is located along Interstate 85 and is known as a “gateway of the Carolinas.” It retains an impressive collection of intact plantation houses and a variety of architecture harkening to its heyday as a center of agricultural enterprise, academies, home to leading political figures, and sulfur springs resorts that drew famous names to the area, first by wagon then by train.  Dozens of properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places including much of historic Warrenton, the county seat, which is a designated Main Street town.  Only one hour to research Triangle Park region and 1.5 hours to Richmond, VA.  The Town of Warrenton offers attractive economic development incentives. For more information visit and

Click here to view the pdf brochure of the Thomas Reynolds House (Reynolds Tavern)


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Rare NC example of 1840s Picturesque Cottage with decorative lattice porch, bay window and early woodwork. Bucolic location in front of scenic pond and adjacent to conservation farmland. Excellent BBQ nearby!

Architectural and Historical Information

This charming two-story frame house with hall-and-parlor floor plan is an architectural gem in Southern Davidson County. Originally built in the early nineteenth century, a later renovation transformed it into a rare North Carolina example of a fashionable mid-nineteenth century picturesque “cottage,” reminiscent of A.J. Downing’s  cottage designs.

The original two-story frame house was built by either Doctor Robert Moore, the original grant holder, or his son Ebenezer, in the late eighteenth century or early nineteenth century. A two-story log addition was built early on. Ebenezer’s son-in-law Burgess Lamar Beall, a prominent physician and politician, transformed the house into a fashionable picturesque villa in the late 1840’s. Among the Federal-style mantels of the early house are the “Downing-esque” cottage features, including latticework porch posts, decorative brackets, floor-length nine-over-nine sash windows, a large bay window off the side wall, and a double-leaf, raised-panel front entry with elaborate sidelights. The side wing was added during the picturesque villa remodeling and also featured latticework. The one-bay wide porch was added in the twentieth century.

The house was moved several yards down the road to a 2.584 acre lot with access to a lovely small pond. The surrounding land, 123 acres adjacent to and behind the house, is subject to a conservation easement held by the Three Rivers Land Trust, ensuring that the surrounding property will always be used for agriculture or forestry.

A Work in Progress

A generous grant from The 1772 Foundation has provided critical funding for Preservation NC to complete the most urgent projects on the property. We have partnered with The Christman Company out of Greensboro and have started phase 1 of work. Their team has now fully secured the exterior envelope of the house, including siding and trim repair, porch stabilization, and the reconstruction & restoration of the double-door entryway with sidelights.

Phase 1 of work also includes significant structural stabilization of the earliest two-story log portion of the house to its later frame additions. Phase 2, to be completed this fall, will include the reconstruction of three brick chimney stacks that will host six individual fireplaces throughout the house.

The house will still require a comprehensive rehabilitation including additional structural repairs, a connection to the rear section of the house, installation of all systems, new bathrooms and kitchen.

Click here to view the pdf brochure for Beallmont

Area Information

Linwood is a small community located between Salisbury and Lexington with close access to I-85. It’s located only 30 minutes from Winston-Salem, 30 minutes from High Point, 40 minutes from Greensboro, and 55 minutes from Charlotte. Beallmont is only 12 minutes from Lexington which has excellent barbecue. For things to do and see in Lexington, go to For things to do and see in Salisbury, only 15 minutes away, go to More information on Davidson County can be found at

An amazing historic property that has been lovingly and meticulously restored, the Burt-Woodruff-Cooper House maintains the character of its age. Built circa 1824, the stately Federal two-story home shows gorgeous wide-planked heart pine floors, 11′ ceilings on the main level, gracious family rooms, original oversized windows drawing an abundance of natural light, and six fireplaces (two working). The house comprises five bedrooms with potential main level bedroom or office, back breakfast room/sunroom overlooking scenic flat pastures, tin roof, two outbuildings and a barn. 3,422 square feet with updated plumbing, electrical, HVAC. Option to purchase 10 acres additionally. Truly a unique opportunity!

The property, also known as the Burt-Arrington House, is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Click here to learn more about the history of the property.

The historic Burt-Woodruff-Cooper House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x 221 to request a copy of these covenants.