IMMACULATE, PRISTINE, STUNNING and SOLID are only a few words that accurately describe the Smith-Simmons House!
This Neoclassical Revival home has been lovingly restored and is protected by Preservation North Carolina. Set among beautifully rolling hills and conveniently located only 13.3 miles from downtown Mount Airy, you will fall in love with the character and charm of the Smith-Simmons House. Enjoy the quiet country setting with breathtaking views of sunsets and mountains.
The property also includes the restored kitchen house (the Pub) and a large barn that can be used as a garage or storage.
Please contact Barbara Sechrist with Yadkin Valley Real Estate to schedule a showing.
The Smith-Simmons House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.
Structure Must be Moved to be Saved
Built in 1915 by two sisters, the Emma and Florence Monroe house is available for RELOCATION.
This beautiful 3,000 square foot foursquare is very simple on the outside, with a very finely finished interior. The Fisher Park NRHP nomination calls it a Colonial Revival Foursquare: “Simply finished, hip-roofed house with front-hipped dormers, plain corner boards and frieze boards, and round-columned front porch.”
Inside are 12 and 10-foot ceilings, large rooms with intact original trim work, gracious front entry hall and two fireplaces with ornate bronze surrounds. The house also has two sets of 8-foot tall pocket doors; a butler’s pantry and an original built in dining room sideboard of tiger oak and leaded glass.
The ownership of the land can be traced back to Captain Basil Fisher. After his death the land passed through several hands until it sold to sisters Emma and Florence Monroe in 1912. The house was constructed between 1914-1915. Miss Emma Jane Monroe, 1860-1950, lived to age 90, and has no formal occupation listed. Miss Florence Estelle Monroe, 1874-1968, lived to the age of 94. She was a stenographer and notary for area law firms, and she was active in the N.C. Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. She served as local president in 1923. These two amazing women owned this house for over 50 years! The house remained in their name until 1969.
It would be a great loss if this lovely house ends up in a landfill. The entire block is under a 365 day demolition order pending re-development.
The price of the structure will depend on the circumstances of the relocation. Please inquire with the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund (743-223-0875 or firstname.lastname@example.org) about options.
Adventure down the tree-lined driveway to appreciate this historic Greek Revival/Italianate style home on 22 acres, built by American carpenter Jacob Holt for Dr. Samuel Perry in 1857!
Lovingly restored with attention to historic detail, this unique house offers grand staircases in the front and rear foyers and marbleized baseboards, which were both unique to Jacob Holt’s designs. Enjoy the luxurious dining room with built-in cabinets. The two hallways upstairs both offer sitting areas and provide stunning views of the property through large windows. A large kitchen, downstairs master bedroom, 2 full bathrooms and a half bath, and a detached 2 car garage have been added since original construction. A new shingle roof was installed in 2022.
Plenty of potential for the right family or to be used as a bed & breakfast or event venue.
The Dr. Samuel Perry 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.
Beautiful interior woodwork including diagonal and herringbone beadboard in central hall and front parlor wainscoting, original mantels, and heart pine floors throughout! Potential to live-in and rehab with a temporary bathroom and connected electricity!
Architectural and Historical Information
The R. J. and Lizzie Dunning House (c. 1880) was built for R. J. Dunning, grandson of Sam Dunning, one of two original land grant holders of the area that became known as Harmon’s Crossroads, and brother of Andrew Dunning, who renamed the town Aulander in 1885 when it was incorporated. The house is integral to the history of the Town of Aulander.
A two-story, three-bay side gable home comprise the main structure. A later ell has been lost, but the chimney from this section remains at the rear of the house. The buyer might choose to build an addition to the rear of the house to replace a demolished ell. The current front porch is a later alteration, creating the existing wrap-around porch.
Interior features include unique diagonal and herringbone beadboard sheathing in the central hall and front parlor, baseboard, six original mantels, heart pine floor, and a beautiful dog leg stair with delicate carved carriage. The original front top-arched-panel door with transom and sidelights has been stripped back to its original wood. The house’s exterior has been painted, highlighting the boxed cornice and paneled pilaster corner boards.
Although some work has been started, the property requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems (plumbing, electrical, and HVAC), updates and/or reconfiguration of the existing kitchen and baths, repair to the front porch roof and flooring, and carpentry and cosmetic repairs. The buyer will likely wish to build an addition to the rear of the house to replace the original ell section.
The R. J. and Lizzie Dunning House is located in Aulander, Bertie County approximately one hour from the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area, 30 minutes from the beautiful Chowan River, and 45 minutes from Greenville, home of East Carolina University and its medical center.
Own a Piece of Kannapolis History!
Built in 1936, the historic B.W. Durham House is beautifully located in the heart of the newly revitalized Downtown Kannapolis. This two-story stone-faced bungalow house sits on .68+/- acres, with lots of possibilities for outside space. The property is located in an Opportunity Zone (zoned City Center) and some suitable uses include a restaurant, office, or retail space.
The B.W. Durham House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.
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 email@example.com or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.
Stately Gothic Revival-style former church and former adjacent daycare with parking behind it on a prominent corner in the Downtown Selma Historic District; ideal for adaptive reuse!
The Selma Baptist Church is a cross-gabled Gothic Revival-style building completed in 1908, situated on a prominent corner in the Selma Downtown Historic District. This stately masonry structure features a bell tower entrance, tall pointed arch windows, and buttresses with rusticated stone details on the exterior. The interior is a large open sanctuary with gallery loft embellished with Classical details. A three-story office and classroom building was added in 1948. The building is ideal for adaptive reuse as a unique retail/restaurant/office and eligible for historic tax credits.
The Selma Baptist Church and adjacent daycare are located in Johnston County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Johnston is the 13th largest county in NC and has seen a 23% increase in population over the past 5 years (186,308 in 2017 to 229,280 currently). There are 3 renovation projects underway down the street in the former Town Hall buildings. Developers are rehabilitating those historic buildings for mixed-use purposes with residential spaces on the second floor and commercial use (restaurants, etc.) on the first floors. Click here for a recent write-up about the property on WRAL.
Architectural and Historical Information
This grand edifice was the second structure built by the Baptist congregation, the earliest to be established in the Town in 1872. Their first pastor, Dr. W.M. Wingate, was President of Wake Forest College and oversaw the construction of their first church building in 1875 several blocks southeast of the present building. The current lot was purchased in 1905 and the present building was finished three years later. The building was sold to the Free Spirit Missionary Baptist congregation in 1990.
The exterior of the Selma Baptist Church displays impressive Gothic Revival features including a high pitch roof, corner bell tower entrance, buttresses with rusticated stone details, and tall pointed arch windows. Some original tracery remains in an upper tower lancet window. The austere exterior gives way to a lighter, more Classical interior. Inside the main entrance is a foyer lit by pointed arch transoms above the doors, an Ecclesiastical Gothic chandelier, and pressed metal ceiling. A paneled staircase with turned banisters and sturdy railing and newel posts leads to the upper gallery.
The main sanctuary is a large open space with full height ceiling embellished with pressed metal shingles and intersecting roof lines creating a cross pattern. On the tower entrance foyer side are two room sections beneath the gallery. Opposite the gallery and on the street elevation are a trio of pointed arch windows that bathe the interior with light. The pulpit is situated on a raised platform and displays Classical elements such as full height engaged fluted pilasters atop paneled wainscot. In the center is an alcove topped with a broken pediment. Doors on either side of the raised pulpit area lead to a lateral hallway to the pastor’s office, restrooms, and exit doors.
A three-story addition was constructed in the late 1940s creating office, gathering and classroom spaces. Stairs to the second and third floors are located directly behind the pulpit area in the lateral hallway. A small partial basement accessed through an exterior door behind the building holds the mechanical systems. The building has a standing seam roof. The property has access to natural gas and is on city electric and water/sewer lines.
Damage caused by a 2014 fire in the third floor of the classroom building was repaired. The church building requires a complete rehabilitation including updates to electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, drainage repair to address water intrusion in the basement, window repair, and repairs for water damage and leaks in the tower. The church property is eligible for tax credits.
The parcel includes an adjacent former daycare (approx. 2,346 sf) which was in use until September 2021 with parking behind it.
The Selma Baptist Church was constructed at the dawn of the 20th century during a period of prosperity brought on by the convergence of the North Carolina Railroad (1855) and the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad (1886) making Selma an important rail junction. Today, the Town of Selma continues to be at the crossroads of major transportation corridors including Interstate 95 to the east, US301/Pollock Street through town and adjacent to the church, and US70 to the west. It is a reasonable 32-mile commute to Raleigh.
Inspiration for adaptive reuse:
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 rare survivor among the earliest houses built in Rockingham County, the King House sits unobtrusively on a hill above land first cultivated by Thomas King in the late 18th century. Born around 1740 in Somerset, MD, King arrived in North Carolina and purchased 150 acres in 1785. Over the years he increased his holdings between Haw Creek and Bold Run Creek joining other early settlers in subsistence farming. In 1802, Thomas deeded land to son William who continued subsistence farming. Thomas died in 1817 and his grave is thought to be located north of the present-day farm house tract. The earliest grave located in the adjacent family cemetery is William’s second child, Martha L. King, who died on Feb. 14, 1818 at age 12. The house was likely built by William, around 1802. Though divided among family members for generations, the majority of it was kept intact and added to over the years resulting in the present farm comprising over 240 acres. The farm has been continuously owned and operated by the King family and was designated a North Carolina Century Farm in 1986 and a Bicentennial Farm by the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture in 2017.
The King House is a remarkable example of the first houses built by settlers to Rockingham County. The 1.5-story log house was assembled with substantial beams felled on site and set on a fieldstone foundation with large stacked-stone chimneys. The floor plan is comprised of a large main parlor with two smaller chambers on the first floor, and an enclosed winder stair leading to one large room on the second floor. There is a fireplace opening on each story. Other impressive features include beaded ceiling joists, beaded tongue-and-groove plank walls (up to 22” wide), heart pine floors, and board-and-batten doors with HL hinges.
An early detached kitchen with its own stacked-stone chimney on the gable end was eventually attached to the house by a small “connector” room. A rear side porch was enclosed providing additional space and connections between rooms. The original hand-dug well, located on the east side of the house, was filled in in the 1980s. A newer well was dug on the west side of the house.
The house has been covered by rolled asphalt siding. Small sections have been uncovered to reveal lap siding on the main house and board-and-batten siding on the kitchen. The house will require a complete rehabilitation including repair of the roof, restoration/repair of log structure, installation of new systems including electrical, plumbing and HVAC, a new kitchen and bathrooms.
The King House and cemetery are being sold on ten acres. Additional acreage is available for purchase.
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.
Perfectly situated near Gastonia and Charlotte, this property is ideal for an adaptive re-use office 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, the Smyre-Pasour House is one of the few remaining antebellum Greek Revival-style houses in Gaston County. 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.
Set flush with the street and facing the former Gaston County Courthouse in the heart the Court Square, the yard is ample enough for sensitively designed parking. Extensive stabilization work is being completed, which will allow for easier rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. The house would make a great retail or office space, or a fine residence for those looking for an urban feel within the charm of a small southern town. The 1973 National Register nomination describes the Dallas Historic District and Court Square as having “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.”
The one-story, five-bay frame house built in vernacular Greek-Revival style has a three-bay wide addition to the north side with identical finish. The eaves are boxed, and at either end of the original block is a brick exterior end chimney. 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.
Rebuilt window sashes donated for the restoration!
Dallas is experiencing a boom and the property is located in the heart of the quaint Dallas Court square — the former Court House (built in 1847) is within walking distance and has been transformed into a first-class museum. Also on the square is the Hoffman House Hotel Museum, a museum of history and art. Recently announced, the brand new Gaston Regional Aquatic Center is to be built and located a half of a mile from the Smyre-Pasour House. It 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 will have an economic and tourism impact on Dallas and Gaston County! Nearby, the Dallas Jail (under PNC covenants) is currently being rehabbed into an event venue. Follow along with the rehab here! Dallas is well situated with an easy drive to Gastonia, just minutes away from Highway 321 and less than 30 minutes from Charlotte.
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.)
The historic Chase-Bragg-Boos House (Soundfront Inn), built in 1828, is an impressively large, two-story, double-piled, hip-roofed frame house, sited on a large parcel with a commanding view of Pamlico Sound.
The house was built by Elisha Chase on a parcel of “3 acres m/l” (currently 2 acres after a will dispersal), as a home for himself and his wife. She was the granddaughter of William Howard, the colonial owner of Ocracoke – and quarter master for Blackbeard–who narrowly missed his employer’s fate by getting pardoned just two weeks before Blackbeard’s crew was captured and slaughtered!
Ironically, the house has a commanding view, across the property’s 300 ft beach, of Teach’s Hole channel where Blackbeard met his fate in 1718, and most afternoons now, a view of a glorious sunset to the west over neighboring Portsmouth Island.
The property was eventually sold to the Bragg family in 1868, and became an inn in the early 1900’s, until Gary Bragg sold the property to Warwick T. and Margurette Vise Boos in 1951. They named it the Soundfront Inn and operated it as such until the 1970’s. One of the oldest houses on the island, and certainly one of the oldest inns, it is truly one of a kind on Ocracoke.
The house is clad in German-lap siding, has vintage 2/2 sashes, and has a rear ell that appears to be early construction. The full facade, hipped front porch holds eight rockers and an antique traditional Ocracoke porch swing. There is also a two story flat roofed sleeping porch that has been enclosed with plenty of windows for a view of the sound. The house is turn key ready and has had regular and diligent maintenance over its lifetime. The historical aspects of the home are largely intact, with the home being primarily constructed of Southern long-leaf heart pine. Trim, windows, staircase, and floors are mostly original.
It is now a highly successful vacation rental home with a cash flow which sustains it.
The Soundfront Inn is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.
More pictures and information can be found at ocracokeislandrealty.com and house number CR34.
To contact the owner please email questions or interest to: email@example.com.
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: www.warrenton.nc.gov/page/bus_home.
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.
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 www.warrenton.nc.gov/page/bus_home and www.preservationwarrenton.com.
ARCHITECTURAL DREAM STEEPED IN HISTORY! Stately 1835 Federal house with exquisite woodwork once served as a Civil War field hospital. Rural two-acre setting belies its close proximity to Fayetteville, Research Triangle, and RDU International Airport in the 5th most populated county in North Carolina.
Virtual Tour available here.
The William T. Smith House is one of three Smith family plantations that all served as field hospitals during the 1865 Battle of Averasboro. The substantial 4,000+ square foot house features numerous high-style architectural elements. The exquisite woodwork throughout is an architectural lover’s dream. The house requires complete rehabilitation, but qualifies for historic preservation tax credits. Excellent location minutes from I-95 provides the best of rural living with city amenities close-by. Nearby access to the Cape Fear River Trail offers exceptional water-related outdoor activities.
Architectural and Historical Information
In a rural pocket at the Cumberland-Harnett county line once known as Smithville, three Smith family plantations still remain: Oak Grove (1789) in the center; Lebanon (1824) to the north; and the William T. Smith House (1835) to the south. The Battle of Averasboro occurred in this community of Smithville, a strategic location because of its setting between the Cape Fear River and the Black River. All three houses were used as field hospitals during the battle. This impressive house was built for William Turner Smith (1810-1855) and his wife Mary Campbell Smith (1814-1886) around 1835 shortly after their marriage.
Extensive archaeological studies have revealed the rich architectural history of this elegant home. The floor plan retains its Federal two-over-two-room hall-and-parlor plan. The interior is a feast for your eyes with its exquisite woodwork including Federal and Greek Revival mantels, extensive paneled wainscot with crotch mahogany faux finish, winder stair with Chinese Chippendale railing, paneled doors with original hardware, bold door and window moldings, and antique built-in cabinets. They just don’t build them like this anymore!
On the exterior, the two-story, single-pile frame house with a side-gable asphalt shingle roof is flanked by two large Flemish bond chimneys with diamond-pattern brickwork. The east chimney sadly collapsed in September 2018 as a result of Hurricane Florence, but PNC is in the process of reconstructing it to its former appearance by using old photos. A two-story pedimented portico dominates the front façade and is accented by a decorative sheaf-of-wheat balustrade. The striking first floor entrance is marked by the unusual two-door configuration, each door capped with a wide two-light transom. A wide fluted pilaster door surround adorns the entrance. The central entrance on the second floor is flanked by sidelights and a transom. Fluted pilasters on either side further accent the porch bay. A substantial Greek Revival two-story wing with a two-story side porch was added to the rear just prior to Smith’s death in 1855.
Renovation Work Needed
Though it retains its historic form and much of its excellent early woodwork, the William T. Smith House has undergone some alterations including the installation of replacement windows (the original windows were 9-over-9 sash), and enclosure of the two-story rear wing porch. PNC is in the process of reconstructing the east chimney to its former appearance.
Some structural work has been performed including restoration of siding, and construction of 22 additional foundation piers. The house requires complete rehabilitation including some remaining foundation repairs, restoration of key architectural features and form, installation of mechanical systems, bathrooms, and a kitchen, and restoration of the front porch. Located just inside the southern boundary of the Averasboro Battlefield Historic District, it qualifies for historic preservation tax credits.
Located in Cumberland County in the town of Averasboro, the historic town’s landscape retains its rural character: vast fields give way to thick forests, shallow and deep ravines, and meandering creeks. And yet, its close proximity to nearby Campbell University and the City of Fayetteville provides plenty of city amenities. Just minutes from I-95, it is an hour’s drive to the Research Triangle area and RDU Airport.
Close to the Cape Fear River, nearby access to the Cape Fear River Trail offers exceptional water-related outdoor activities. Also located within a few miles of the William T. Smith House are the other two restored Smith family plantations (privately owned), a Civil War museum and cemetery, and several monuments. Legend has it that this former port town might have become the capital of North Carolina, with the measure failing by just one vote.
Raised basement Greek Revival cottage on secluded wooded lot; one block from Milton commercial district and Thomas Day Museum (under consideration to become a new State Historic Site!); just minutes from the renowned Virginia International Raceway!
An unusual example of a uniquely Milton house type, the Gordon-Brandon House is a modest-scale raised Greek Revival cottage consisting of a brick lower level and a wood frame upper level containing the main entrance and ornamentation. Located at the end of N. Bridge (“Warehouse”) Street, the house is set near Country Line Creek on a secluded wooded lot in the town of Milton, famous for its Antebellum architecture and home to Thomas Day, renowned 19th century free black cabinetmaker. The Thomas Day House and Workshop may soon become a North Carolina State Historic Site. The Gordon-Brandon House is eligible for tax credits.
The Gordon-Brandon House was recently featured in Business Insiders’ historic homes, check it out HERE.
Architectural and Historical Information
Today, there are four known cottages in Milton built for local merchants between 1840-1860. During this time, Milton was an early 19th century commercial boomtown with several factories and warehouses, a foundry, cotton gins, a roller mill, along with taverns, hotels, various retail shops, doctors, lawyers, a state bank, and cabinet shops. The most famous was that of Thomas Day, a free Black cabinetmaker renowned for his furniture and interior woodwork.
The Gordon-Brandon House may have been built c.1850 by Field Gordon who owned a local saloon. In 1950 it was purchased by Hunter and Annie Brandon. Mr. Brandon owned the Tire & Grill and Mrs. Brandon was a teacher. It was purchased by an absentee owner in 2000 and suffered several years of neglect. Happily, it was recently purchased by a local preservationist who has enlisted Preservation NC’s assistance to find someone to purchase and restore it to its former elegance.
The raised brick lower level was finely finished with stucco and an application of scored lines emphasized by white penciling to give it an elegant ashlar stone appearance and anchor the house to its site. Although much of this treatment was later covered with paint or new stucco, there are glimpses of the original detail on the rear elevation. The front façade is dominated by a two-story, three bay wide porch supported by four large beaded posts on the lower level and more delicate chamfered posts on the upper level dressed with molded caps, decorative brackets and turned balustrade. The two-paneled, double-leaf doors on the upper level are set within an irregular-glazed transom and sidelights similar to those found in other houses in the area known to be associated with Thomas Day. This is surrounded by a heavily fluted architrave with plain cornerblocks. The entrance of the lower level is comparatively plain with a set of simple double-leaf doors with single flat panels flanked by recessed half-sidelights. A three-sided bay with 4-over-4 windows flanks each side of the entrance. Of special note are the rather large upper level windows consisting of 8-over-12 sash with wide architraves and delicate molding.
The house is capped by a low-pitched standing seam roof and wide eaves typical of Greek Revival houses of the period. Two brick exterior end chimneys have been stuccoed in the last forty years. The main two-story section of the house is arranged in a center hall plan with a large room on either side of the hall on each floor. The interior is simply finished with plaster walls, a staircase with turned newel post, molded railing and plain pickets, symmetrically molded window surrounds with cornerblocks, tall beaded baseboards, and plain Greek Revival mantels. rear ell that was originally two rooms has been opened up in recent years to create a large open kitchen. An enclosed former breezeway, which connects the lower level center hall to the ell serves as an entry hallway and provides space for a bathroom at one end.
The house has suffered neglect for several years and will need a complete rehabilitation. The roof will need to be assessed and repaired accordingly (a tarp has been installed on the roof near the south chimney). Other needed repairs include new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, removal of recent wood paneling and ceiling tiles, repair/replacement of damaged plaster, some structural repair, masonry work, and new bathrooms and kitchen. The property is located in the Milton National Register Historic District and is eligible for tax credits.
The Gordon-Brandon House is in Milton, NC, a charming village (est. 1796) near the Virginia line that flourished in the early 19th century as a center for Dan River planters, tobacco warehouses, industry and artisans such as famed cabinetmaker Thomas Day. Nearby is Union Tavern (c.1818), Thomas Day’s residence and cabinet workshop from 1848 to 1861 and now open as a museum, Presbyterian Church (1837), Milton State Bank (c.1859), and Milton’s commercial block (c.1880). Milton is located at the intersections of Highways 62 and 57 near the banks of the Dan River on the North Carolina – Virginia border and is 12 miles from Danville, VA, about 2 miles from the world-famous Virginia International Raceway, and only an hour from Raleigh/Durham.
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. The house will require a comprehensive rehabilitation including structural repairs, restoration carpentry, construction of a connection to the rear section of the house, re-installation of the porch and columns, installation of all systems, new bathrooms and kitchen.
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 www.visitlexingtonnc.com. For things to do and see in Salisbury, only 15 minutes away, go to www.visitsalisburync.com. More information on Davidson County can be found at www.co.davidson.nc.us.
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.