21 April 2015

Surprise -- Rental Property Actually Oldest House in NC (almost 300 years old)

It’s not unusual to hear stories when someone is renovating a home or building that they find hidden documents or that a neat bit of architecture has been covered over with more modern materials.

In this case, some owners were renovating their house to be used as a rental property when a carpenter, who had renovated historic properties before, “recognized that the house was far older than it appeared.”

Over time ...

Also revealed were overhead beams featuring a decorative edging known as ogee moulding used in homes 300 years ago, Thomas said. Evidence shows four staircases existed over different periods. Signs of two massive mud-and-straw fireplaces common in the early 1700s show up in the two front rooms. Piers under the house were made from ballast stones from 18th century sailing ships

You can read more about the original “reveal” and the first 3 years of discovery via Edenton couple’s house turns out to be oldest in NC.  This article also includes 12 photos of the house highlighting certain features.

Earlier this month, the house was opened to the public for Edenton’s annual 2015 Pilgrimage of Historic Homes and Gardens.

I always enjoy reading about new discoveries of things that are old.  It tells me that there are probably some more hidden gems waiting to be found!

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