‘A Rare Survivor’: A Circa 1800 Log House In Rockingham County, $69,000

From Preservation North Carolina, here’s the King House, an “early and important” property that’s been on their list for a while. It’s a great opportunity to give a historic structure a total restoration. Here’s how PNC describes it:

“Early log house with large stone chimneys, exposed beaded ceiling joists, wide wall planks, hand-forged door hardware, and a rear wing, once an early separate kitchen. All situated on a scenic ridge between Wentworth and Reidsville.

“The King House is a early log house with large stone chimneys, situated on a scenic ridge between Wentworth and Reidsville. A rare survivor among the earliest houses built in Rockingham County, the King House sits unobtrusively on a hill above land first cultivated by Thomas King in the late 18th century.

“Born around 1740 in Somerset, Maryland, King arrived in North Carolina and purchased 150 acres in 1785. Over the years he increased his holdings between Haw Creek and Bold Run Creek joining other early settlers in subsistence farming. The farm has been continuously owned and operated by the King family and was designated a North Carolina Century Farm in 1986 and a Bicentennial Farm by the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture in 2017.

“The 1.5-story log house was assembled with substantial beams felled on site and set on a fieldstone foundation with large stacked-stone chimneys. The floor plan is comprised of a large main parlor with two smaller chambers on the first floor, and an enclosed winder stair leading to one large room on the second floor. There is a fireplace opening on each story.

“Other impressive features include beaded ceiling joists, beaded tongue-and-groove plank walls (up to 22” wide), heart pine floors, and board-and-batten doors with HL hinges.

“The King House and cemetery is being sold with 10 acres. Additional acreage is available for purchase.”

653 Vernon Road, Wentworth, Rockingham County
The King House

  • $69,000
  • Bedrooms and bathrooms to be determined, 1,643 square feet, 10 acres
  • Price/square foot: $42
  • Built ca. 1800
  • Last sale: 1785, price not available

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