Discovery of the Oldest Dated House in North Carolina
Steve and Linda Lane contacted HPO Restoration Specialist Reid Thomas in the Eastern Office for guidance in learning about the unique building, and he assisted by leading and coordinating three volunteer architectural visits. The Lanes understood the potential importance of the house and sought and funded additional study. Originally 16 feet by 25 feet, the house was divided in two rooms on the first floor and two in the attic. It was probably constructed in 1719. The original owners are not known.
The historical significance of the house is that it offers a rare glimpse into an almost lost vernacular building type in North Carolina, the kind that would be a home for the average citizen. It provides valuable information about building type, house form, and construction technology in eastern North Carolina as early as 1719. Further research may find additional historically significant information.
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