The 1839 Davie County Jail: A National Register Property in Mocksville Is For Sale in an Online Auction

284 s. main street, mocksville.jpg

Davie County’s original jail was built in Mocksville in 1839, three years after the county was established. Now it’s the centerpiece of an online auction of five properties all on the same downtown corner. Prospective buyers can bid on the properties separately or all of them together.

The jail is the centerpiece. It housed the county’s most armed and dangerous for 70 years and then became a residence. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 2001 the current owner bought it and converted it to office use.

A brief rundown of the deal:

The online auction is scheduled to run until Thursday November 14 at 6 p.m. (click here for details and any changes). For comparison, the jail and other properties were listed for sale as a package in 2018 for $580,000; in 2015 it was listed for $620,000.

284 s. main street mocksville plaque.jpg

As the video shows, there’s nothing left to identify the building as a jail except for the plaque. Still, it’s a substantial piece of local history. “The Davie County Jail is of considerable local significance, for its history parallels that of the county since its founding,” the National Register nomination states. “The sturdy, well maintained building with its handsome Flemish bond brickwork is an important Mocksville landmark.”

284 s. main street mocksville aerial.jpg

The lot for the jail and guest house, as seen above, is a nicely wooded half acre. The jail’s address is 284 S. Main Street (online listing). It’s listed as having 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, 1,752 square feet.

284 s. main street mocksville office 1.jpg

284 s. main street office 2.jpg

284 s. main street mocksville office 3.jpg

One odd detail: The kitchen appears to be upstairs.

284 s. main street mocksville office 4.jpg

284 s. main street mocksville porch.jpg

284 s.main street mocksville back.jpg

284 s. main street mocksville back 2.jpg

284 s. main street mocksville guest house.jpg

The guest house is being sold with the jail. It has about 858 square feet. The garden lot sits behind the guest house, well off the street.

Screen Shot 2019-10-17 at 10.30.40 AM.png

The entire package is 1.27 acres. The two additional houses are the “Yellow House” and the “Gray House,” 131 and 141 E. Lexington Road, respectively. The aerial view shows Lexington Road, U.S. 64, at the top and South Main Street, U.S. 158, at the right.

131 lexington road mocksville.jpg

131 Lexington has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3,046 square feet. It was built in 1898.

141 lexington road mocksville.jpg

141 Lexington is a bungalow with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1,272 square feet. It was built in 1933. Both houses have vinyl siding. These are the only pictures of the two houses available.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.