- 1,785 square feet
- Lot Size: .33 acres / Zoning: Residential/Commercial
The Murfree-Williams House, circa 1801, rests in the heart of the historic district within easy walking distance of restaurants, shopping and entertainment!
This three bedroom, two bath turnkey property has a well-established history as a vacation rental. It transfers with existing Vacation Rental by Owner bookings, so you can begin your business on day one. Also included are central gas heat and air conditioning, a modern fully equipped kitchen, living and dining rooms with fireplaces, a wrap-around porch with screened area, spacious back deck and patio, and beautifully manicured grounds on a large corner lot.
William Hardy Murfree built the house in 1801 as three bay, one room and a hall parlor structure on a raised basement. The brick walls in this original part of the house are 18 inches thick.
As with most older homes, there have been many additions and changes over the last 220 years. A large addition at the rear of the house appears to be the Indian School which was operated on the property by Reverend Joseph Gurley until 1796. Another addition at the front was added in 1900 to serve as the town’s dentist office.
In 1850, owner Peter Williams hired prominent North Carolina and Virginia architect A. G. Jones to conduct a major remodel of the house. At that time, the hall was separated off to create a more formal parlor, elaborate fluted moldings were added to the window and door surrounds. The wrap-around porch was added and the front entrance was enlarged to include double chestnut doors and the unique sidelights with the lozenge glass inserts at this time.
A new gas furnace and a new 50-year standing seam metal roof will guarantee many years of comfort for you and your guests.
Please text Ruth Akright with any questions or to schedule a visit at 757-477-2795.