- 1,500 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.75 acres / Zoning: R-8
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Piedmont Office
The 1 1/2-story Haywood-Taft House is located in the picturesque Town of Mt. Gilead on a large green lot on Main Street just south of the downtown historic district. This home has an inviting pattern book-inspired front porch draped with carved and sawnwork ornament, a spacious, Georgian-plan interior with mantels in nearly every room, and many other original features. An unusual slate chimney on the rear kitchen wing wall exemplifies the wealth of materials enriching the buildings in this charming Uwharrie Mountain town.
Mt. Gilead is a lovely small town of around 1,400 residents situated in the beautiful Uwharrie Mountains and located between Charlotte and Fayetteville and just south of Greensboro. The downtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has an attractive collection of Victorian and early 20th century buildings. It is home to charming antique shops, locally-owned businesses including an old-time hardware store and McRae Industries (makers of military and western boots), the Piedmont Arts Guild, and the Mount Gilead Museum. Mt. Gilead is also home to several surrounding recreational areas including Lake Tillery, the Pee Dee River, Badin Lake Recreational Area, Morrow Mountain State Park and numerous hiking trails, making it the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. Also nearby is the Town Creek Indian Mound State Historical Site, that interprets pre-Columbian culture on the Little River. Click here for an excellent article by Our State Magazine about Mount Gilead.
Architectural & Historical Information
Situated in the Uwharrie Mountains, Mt. Gilead benefited from its location on the Fayetteville to Salisbury Plank Road, early successful gold mines, its position as a cotton trading center, and the Norfolk Southern railroad. The architecture of the Haywood-Taft House reflects that thriving economic history with its Greek Revival/Antebellum form and Victorian embellishments.
Most likely built by local builder/architect/engineer Will Haywood, the house is a story-and-a-half, frame house with an inviting pattern book-inspired front porch draped with carved and sawnwork ornament divided by chamfered posts and anchored with turned balustrades. The multi-gabled roof is equally as showy with a deep cornice and wide eaves embellished with elaborate pendant brackets and scroll ornament. Windows consist of six-over-six sash and louvered shutters. The central entrance contains a glazed upper-panel door framed by paneled sidelights and a wide transom. A rear kitchen wing attached to the northwest end of the house features a unique, exterior slate chimney composed of large slabs of smooth gray rock. A side porch off the south elevation of the kitchen overlooks a brick-lined well sheltered beneath a hip roof.
The broad gable-end roof and front wall dormer provide generous space for two second-floor rooms separated by a large stair hall. Likewise, the spacious interior rooms on the first floor consist of four rooms separated by a wide stair hall and a fifth room on the north (right side) offering space for an interior kitchen. The first floor stair hall is made up of a curved wall supporting the stairs, a balustrade with delicately turned banisters and molded railing terminating in a robust turned newel post. The high ceiling and generous room dimensions offer a spacious interior. Plaster walls throughout the first floor are in good to fair condition for the most part. Ceilings are wood sheathed, as are the walls in the second floor rooms. Additional woodwork includes simple yet attractive mantels, high baseboards, and two- and four-panel doors.
The Haywood-Taft House requires a comprehensive rehabilitation including all new systems (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical), significant carpentry repairs, and updates to the kitchen and baths.