Brown-Watkins House – NEW PRICE!

  • 217 College Street
    USA Oxford , NC 27565
    Granville County
  • $90,000
  • 3,740 square feet
  • Lot Size: 0.66 acres / Zoning: Residential

Beverly Nichols , Owner

Stately Neoclassical home with fabulous woodwork and gardens await completion; garage apartment great in-law or rental potential! Walkable to vibrant downtown, 30 minutes to Durham and only 40 minutes to RTP!

The Brown-Watkins House exemplifies the grand residences that were built for successful industrialists, tobacconists, merchants and professionals in turn of the century Oxford.  Proudly proclaiming itself as the “most beautiful village in the state” as early as 1830, Oxford grew into a bustling town that served as the center of education, culture and industry for the area.  Today, the area north of downtown along College Street where the Brown-Watkins House is located continues to draw praise as a broad shaded avenue where stylish homes and fine institutional buildings have been preserved.

Built c.1911, the Brown-Watkins House is a stately two-story Colonial Revival house with some Queen Anne characteristics including the prominent, slightly off-center, two-story front entrance portico.  The striking modified Federal-style front entrance has a fanlight above the door and sidelights comprised of engaged fluted pilasters, dentil molding, and beveled glass.  The heavy paneled door and entrance was crafted by Robert Morgan, Sr., a talented local builder.  Other exterior features include an oval window with keystones next to the second floor balcony door, a lunette window in the two-story porch, a hipped roof covered with pressed metal shingles, and wide overhanging eaves.  The front door opens into a large gracious south parlor.  Two sets of pocket doors lead into the north parlor.  Additional interior features include simple yet classical mantels, period light fixtures, push-button light switches, period bathroom fixtures, wood floors, and plaster walls.  Some doors have transom windows.  An interesting curved rear addition was added mid-century, providing the family with a pleasant sunroom.

The Brown-Watkins House is situated on a rise along College Street under mature trees with remnants of an elegant garden including cast iron fence with gate, stone walls, sculptural birdbaths, concrete garden furniture and a mill stone.  Among the outbuildings is a charming playhouse with Colonial Revival and Craftsman detail built by Robert Morgan, Sr.  A substantial brick and wood 1.5-story garage with apartment is also finely detailed with 3-over-1 windows, carriage doors, and curved gable returns.

The once spectacular garden is set on a deep lot that was divided into “garden rooms” with stone walls, heritage roses, bulbs, boxwoods and flowering shrubs.

Following several years of neglect, the Brown-Watkins House was purchased in 2016 and underwent stabilization. The once-sagging porch in danger of collapse was restored to its former grandeur, exterior siding was repaired and primed, and rotten areas were stabilized and repaired. Woodwork was carefully removed where necessary and stored safely on site.  The house awaits its next phase of rehabilitation to complete what was started including window restoration, mechanical rough-ins and installation, insulation, flooring repair, new kitchen, bathroom updates, and site work. The garage and small apartment also await finishing touches.

The Brown-Watkins House is located in the College Street Local Historic District and the Oxford National Register Historic District. It is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.

The historic Brown-Watkins 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.