The Home of a Notable Chandelier Entrepreneur and of an Early Preservationist in Eden, $199,900

530 Boone Road, Eden, Rockingham County
The King-Francis House

  • $199,900
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,141 square feet, 0.59 acre
  • Price/square foot: $64
  • Built in 1927 (or quite a bit earlier; see note)
  • Listed December 8, 2021
  • Last sale: $49,500, May 1980
  • Neighborhood: Leaksville, Boone Road Historic District
  • District NRHP nomination: “The several units of this frame house reflect a complex history. The house originally consisted of the low two-story unit constructed in the late nineteenth century; its builder remains unknown.
    • “Prominent Leaksville businessman Doctor Franklin King owned the property as early as 1896 and may have built the original unit during the 1910s as a rental house.
    • “Upon his death in 1922, the house passed to his son, D. Frank King, and his wife, Anadel, who enlarged it with a series of additions. In 1936, a large one-story ell with a gable-end chimney was constructed and connected to the original house with the enclosure of a rear porch.
    • “In 1957, the original front porch facing the street was replaced with a small late nineteenth-century story-and-a-jump house moved from Bridge St. and attached to the front gable end. (The house moved from Bridge St. had been owned by D. Frank King’s uncle, John Seward King …).
    • “The shed-roofed board- and-batten building (#11a, contributing) south of the house was the original home of the internationally renowned King Chandelier Company, founded by D. Frank King in the early 1930s.”
    • The home was bought in 1980 by Harold David Francis (1921-2004) and his wife, Bonita Troxell Francis (1935-2019). Harold was a native of Draper and served in the Marines in World War II. He was the owner of Francis Photography and a charter member of the Eden Historic Preservation Commission, the Eden Preservation Society and Rockingham County Historical Society. Bonita, originally from Winston-Salem, was a graduate of Catawba College. She was a longtime teacher in the Rockingham County Schools. The house is being sold by their daughters.

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