Historic Mansions

Updated June 22, 2020

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Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County
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Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties
Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

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216 W. Hunter Street, Madison, Rockingham County
The Hunter House Bed & Breakfast
listing expired September 7, 2019
relisted March 5, 2021

  • $450,000 (previously listed as high as $595,000 and as low as $368,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 4,790 square feet, 0.57 acre
  • Price/square foot: $94
  • Built in 1903
  • Listed July 23, 2018
  • Last sale: $365,000, August 2016
  • Neighborhood: Hunter-Decatur Street Historic District
  • Note: The property includes seven fireplaces; main-level master with en-suite, 12’x11′ walk-in closet and private side yard; wrap-around front porch; large back yard with in-ground pool, hot tub, two pergolas and privacy fencing.

Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County

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415 E. Main Street, Jamestown, Guilford County
The Thomas C. Ragsdale House
listing withdrawn May 14, 2020; relisted August 10, 2020

  • $2.25 million (originally $2.5 million, later $3.5 million)
  • 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 7,685 square feet, 42 acres
  • Price/square foot: $455
  • Built in 1951
  • Listed September 4, 2019
  • Last sale: $880,000, June 2004
  • Note: The price was raised by $1 million when the size of the property was doubled to 42 acres.
    • Ragsdale was a mayor of Jamestown (1951-53) and one of seven children of Lucy Coffin Ragsdale, a well-known advocate for public education and namesake of Ragsdale High School in Jamestown.
    • The property includes a swimming pool, pond, guest house, four-car garage, and a five-stall horse barn and horse pasture.

303 Burke Street, Gibsonville, Guilford County
The Burke Manor Inn & Pavilion
listing withdrawn January 2021
relisted March 2021

  • $2.2 million
  • 6 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, 5,166 square feet, 2.64 acres
  • Price/square foot: $426
  • Built in 1906
  • Listing date not known
  • Last sale: $1.1 million, January 2011
  • From the inn’s website: “Caesar Cone, a textile magnate and co-founder of Cone Mills Corporation, built the house on 303 Burke Street in 1906. In 1911, Caesar Cone sold the home to J.W. Burke, where 4 generations of the Burke family resided in the estate. The Brady Family bought Burke Manor in 1999 and restored the home to its original grandeur, as designed by the Cone family. The Brady’s converted the grounds into an inn with the idea of transforming the house into a bed & breakfast. The owners today, Lori and Lil Lacassagne, purchased Burke Manor in 2011. ”
    • The property includes an in-ground pool.

2011 Granville Road, Greensboro
The L. Homer Hole House

  • $1.75 million
  • 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and two half-baths, 7,247 square feet, 1.4 acres
  • Price/square foot: $241
  • Built in 1926
  • Listed May 10, 2021
  • Last sale: $850,000, October 1987
  • Neighborhood: Irving Park
  • Greensboro: An Architectural Record: “A full-height portico of four columns fronts this Neoclassical Revival-style dwelling. In its shadow, the central entry is framed by an oversized Palladian surround.”
    • Lemuel Homer Hole (1874-1948) and Marguerite Forbes Hole (1885-1941) were the original owners. He was in the insurance business, according to the city directory (Greensboro: An Architectural Record says he was an executive with N.C. Public Service Company; the city directory’s roster of executives for the company doesn’t include him). He later served on the city Planning and Park Commission.

2210 Granville Road, Greensboro
The Joseph and Juanita Gorrell House

  • $1.299 million
  • 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 8,207 square feet, 0.77 acre
  • Price/square foot: $158
  • Built in 1958
  • Listed June 21, 2021
  • Last sale: $650,000, June 1997
  • Neighborhood: New Irving Park
  • Note: The property includes a swimming pool.
    • The 2100 and 2200 blocks of Granville Place, the two blocks north of Cornwallis Drive, first appeared in the city directory in 1959.
    • The first owners were Joseph Palmer Gorrell (1927-2003) and Juanita Taylor Gorrell (1928-1994). He was a career executive with Pilot Life and Jefferson-Pilot, retiring as vice president of the Securities Department. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a graduate of Duke University and the Diplomatic School at Georgetown University. In 1992 he passed ownership to his daughter Eva Jane Gorrell Hendrix, who sold the house in 1996.

210 Hillcrest Drive, High Point
contract pending February 10, 2021

  • $899,999 (originally $939,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,313 square feet (per county), 0.6 acre
  • Price/square foot: $169
  • Built in 1929
  • Listed November 12, 2020
  • Last sale: $775,000, January 2017
  • Note: Designed by Lorenzo Winslow. He worked for Harry Barton and A.K. Moore in Greensboro, designing many homes in Sunset Hills. He later moved to Washington, where he became the architect for the White House, including the complete renovation of the building in 1948-52.
    • The house was gutted to the studs in a 2017 renovation.
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7075 Kivette House Road, Gibsonville
The Kivette House
Blog post on Greensboro Historic Homes — The Kivette Houses, Both Now For Sale: The Gibsonville Homes of Two Sisters Who Loved Parties and Elon
listing withdrawn November 8, 2018; relisted September 9, 2019
contract pending April 28, 2021

  • $825,000 (originally $875,000)
  • 7 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 6,336 square feet, 12.82 acres
  • Price/square foot: $130
  • Built in 1934
  • Listed March 11, 2018
  • Last sale: $365,000, December 2004
  • Note: The property includes a two-story carriage house.
    • The property was marketed previously as a residence or as a b&b/event venue (although there already is one in Gibsonville).
    • For more about the Kivette family, click here.

642 Colonial Drive, High Point
The C. Myron Cecil House
Blog post — Extreme Makeover: Emerywood Edition — At 642 Colonial Drive, Only the Address Is the Same

  • $629,000 (originally $650,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,624 square feet, 0.4 acre
  • Price/square foot: $136
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed December 7, 2020
  • Last sale: $58,000, April 2013
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood, Uptown Suburbs Historic District (NRHP)
  • Note: Before 2013, the last previous sale was in October 1969 for $34,000.
    • The first clue that something is up is the description in the neighborhood’s National Register nomination:
    • “The house has a brick veneer, brick chimney on the facade [no chimney] with a blind, stuccoed arch [no], and eight-over-eight, wood-sash windows with blind arches over the windows and door on the first story [no blind arches here, either]. The three-light-over-four-panel door is recessed slightly on the left end of the facade [no] and flanked by four-light sidelights [not]. A one-story, hip-roofed porch extends from the right elevation [no porch], supported by full-height brick piers. A one-story wing on the left elevation has paired, eight-light, metal casement windows [no wing, no casement windows].”
    • They meant the house in its caterpillar stage:
  • That’s 642 Colonial Drive in 2010. It appears to have emerged from its chrysalis between 2013 and 2019. The house sold for $58,000 in 2013, and a Google Street View photo dated June 2019 shows the house as it looks today.
  • The interior is remarkable — glorious ceilings, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, French doors. How much of it is original is an interesting question.
  • District NRHP nomination: “The house is listed as vacant in 1929; the earliest known occupant is C. Myron Cecil (Cecil Grocery) in 1930.”

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

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7980 Valley View Drive, Clemmons, Forsyth County
listing withdrawn June 1, 2017; relisted July 7, 2017
listing withdrawn February 8, 2019; relisted March 27, 2019
listing expired September 22, 2020; relisted October 7, 2020
listing withdrawn November 5, 2020; relisted November 24, 2020
listing withdrawn January 19, 2021
relisted March 11, 2021

  • $2.2 million (originally $3.19 million, has been as high as $3.69 million)
  • 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 4 half bathrooms, 12,881 square feet, 4.45 acres
  • Price/square foot: $171
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed April 9, 2011
  • Last sale: $625,000, December 2006
  • Note: Designed by Charles Barton Keen for a niece of R.J. Reynolds.
    • Landscape architecture by Thomas Sears, designer of Reynolda Gardens.
    • Listing: “Original Elevator! Too many exquisite features to mention!”
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1121 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem
listing withdrawn March 23, 2020
relisted March 27, 2020
contract pending April 23, 2021

  • $2.199 million (originally $2.65 million)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 8,054 square feet, 2.29 acres
  • Price/square foot: $273
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed October 8, 2019
  • Last sale: $2.35 million, June 2004
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: Designed by Charles Barton Keen, landscape designed by Thomas Sears

370 Stratford Road NW, Winston-Salem
The Alice Lawrence House
contract pending March 8, 2021

  • $1.25 million
  • 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,291 square feet, 1.2 acres
  • Price/square foot: $236
  • Built in 1931
  • Listed March 4, 2021
  • Last sale: $705,000, April 1999
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: The listing describes the house as Neo-Classical Palladian.
    • The house has an almost new slate roof (2017).
    • Although the listing says the house was built by a member of the Hanes family, it actually was built by Alice Ruth George Lawrence (1876-1959). She was married to Charles Solomon Lawrence Sr. (1878-1930), hospital founder and Army doctor, but she bought the property in her own name in 1928. She lived in the house until she lost it in bankruptcy in 1934. (Their son, Charles S. Lawrence, just died at the age of 94 on March 4, 2021.)
    • Katherine Jane Hanes (1878-1965) did buy the house in 1950. She lived in it until she died. She was the daughter of P.H. Hanes, founder of P.H. Hanes Knitting Company.
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1819 Buena Vista Road, Winston-Salem

  • $1.25 million
  • 7 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 4,062 square feet (per county records), 0.63 acre
  • Price/square foot: $308
  • Built in 1926
  • Listed July 22, 2020
  • Last sale: $445,500, April 1992
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: For sale by owner
    • No photos are included with the listing — odd way to try to sell a house for more than $1 million. The photo above is from Google Street View, March 2016.
    • The entire description of the house: “Classic center hall colonial in the heart of Buena Vista. Great family home with pool, four car garage and nice lot. Walking distance to RJR high school, Brunson, Wiley, Whitaker and St Leos.”

2000 Virginia Road, Winston-Salem
listing withdrawn October 30, 2020
relisted April 29, 2021
contract pending May 11, 2021

  • $1.2 million (originally $1.325 million)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 5,649 square feet, 1 acre
  • Price/square foot: $212
  • Built in 1956
  • Listed August 24, 2020
  • Last sale: $452,000, December 1997
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: A relatively uncommon (locally) example of French Provincial architecture
    • “Banquet size dining room with an elegant fireplace. … Lower level has gym, flex-room/6th BR with split bath. Double basement garage with 2 storage rooms, Climate controlled wine cellar.

438 Roslyn Road, Winston-Salem
contract pending May 20, 2021

  • $1.195 million
  • 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 6,216 square feet, 0.41 acre
  • Price/square foot: $192
  • Built in 1937
  • Listed April 29, 2021
  • Last sale: $230,000, February 1993
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista

437 Springdale Avenue, Winston-Salem
The Paul and Nora Speas House
contract pending May 17, 2021

  • $1.025 million
  • 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 4,298 square feet (per county), 0.78 acre
  • Price/square foot: $238
  • Built in 1935
  • Listed May 12, 2021
  • Last sale: $400,000, June 1987
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: The listing shows 5,032 square feet ($204/square foot).
    • Dr. William Paul Speas (1883-1967) and Nora Speas (1889-1971) bought the property in 1935. The address first appears in the city directory in 1937. Paul was an ophthalmologist and professor of ophthalmology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. In retirement, he operated an optician practice in Mocksville.

734 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem

  • $960,000 (originally $1.1 million)
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 half-bathrooms, 4,933 square feet, 0.36 acre
  • Price/square foot: $195
  • Built in 1924
  • Listed May 28, 2021
  • Last sale: $675,000, July 2010
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
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626 Oaklawn Avenue, Winston-Salem

  • $859,000 (originally $945,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,629 square feet, 0.36 acre
  • Price/square foot: $186
  • Built in 1936
  • Listed June 8, 2020
  • Last sale: $55,730, September 1983
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista

Alamance, Caswell and Rockingham Counties

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1700 Richardson Drive, Reidsville
Belmont, The Robert Payne Richardson Jr. House, 1912
Richardson Houses Historic District NRHP
listing withdrawn July 1, 2015, relisted October 10, 2015
listing withdrawn December 1, 2016, relisted April 5, 2017
listing withdrawn October 1, 2017, relisted June 13, 2018
listing withdrawn April 24, 2021

  • $950,000 (originally $1.495 million)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 8,946 square feet, 8.67 acres
  • Price/square foot: $106
  • Built in 1912
  • Listed June 13, 2018
  • Last sale: Unclear in online records
  • Note: Belmont is one of the three Richardson family homes comprising the principal structures of the Robert Payne Richardson Houses Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The district consists of 22 buildings and structures on about 30 acres near downtown Reidsville.
    • Listing: “The home has been completely restored … currently being used as a private residence and venue for weddings and other events.”
    • County property records say the house has 8,946 square feet. A current listing lists that figure and an additional 3,332 unfinished square feet for a total of 12,278.

3210 N.C. Highway 119 South, Haw River, Alamance County
The Henderson Scott House II

  • $899,000
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,371 square feet (per county records), 3.42 acres
  • Price/square foot: $206
  • Built in 1848
  • Listed June 10, 2021
  • Last sale: $450,000, February 2007
  • Neighborhood: Henderson Scott Farm Historic District
  • Note: The house is the birthplace of Gov. W. Kerr Scott. “During his term as Governor from 1949 to 1953, he introduced one of the most progressive plans ever, the ‘Go Forward’ program,” the district NRHP nomination says. “He proposed spending State surplus revenue on services for the aged, dependent, handicapped and mentally ill. He was also responsible for paving many secondary roads, ‘getting North Carolina out of the mud’ and the rural electrification program. He was a United States Senator at the time of his death in 1958.”
    • This is the second house built by Henderson Scott, whose descendants established the Scott family as a political and agricultural leader in Alamance County and the state.
    • District NRHP nomination: “The Henderson Scott Farm, as the home of five generations of the Scott family beginning with Henderson Scott (1814-1870), is the site most closely associated with this dynasty of statewide significance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the areas of agriculture and government/politics. … The farm is the birthplace of three of North Carolina’s most influential twentieth century statesmen: member of State Legislature and long-time State Board of Agriculture leader Robert Walter Scott (1861-1929); Governor William Kerr Scott (1896-1958); and Senator Ralph Scott [1903-1989].”
    • The house remained in the Scott family until 2007, when the current owners bought it.
    • Online listings show 4,762 square feet, compared to 4,371 in county records.

216 W. Hunter Street, Madison, Rockingham County
The Hunter House Bed & Breakfast
listing expired September 7, 2019
relisted March 5, 2021

  • $450,000 (previously listed as high as $595,000 and as low as $368,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 4,790 square feet, 0.57 acre
  • Price/square foot: $94
  • Built in 1903
  • Listed July 23, 2018
  • Last sale: $365,000, August 2016
  • Note: The property includes seven fireplaces; main-level master with en-suite, 12’x11′ walk-in closet and private side yard; wrap-around front porch; large back yard with in-ground pool, hot tub, two pergolas and privacy fencing.

Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties

392 Old Rockford Road, Rockford, Surry County

  • $1.795 million
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,314 square feet, 65.22 acres
  • Price/square foot: $338
  • Built in 1887
  • Listed October 1, 2020
  • Last sale: $161,500, January 1989
  • Listing: “Totally private, meticulously restored and expanded historic country home with majestic Yadkin River views and frontage [1,600 feet]. … Log guest cabin, 2-stall barn, small greenhouse, kitchen garden, outbuildings, fenced pasture, and clear or salt-water pool with waterfall.”
    • County property record cards don’t typically offer subjective judgements, but the one for this place says, “BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF RIVER”.
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302 Cherry Street, Mount Airy, Surry County
The Dr. Edward C. Ashby house

  • $675,000 (originally $725,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 half-baths, 4,782 square feet, 0.74 acre
  • Price/square foot: $141
  • Built in 1937
  • Listed July 25, 2020
  • Last sale: $425,000, April 2009
  • Neighborhood: Mount Airy Historic District (NRHP)
  • Note: “During the 1930s more academic versions of the Colonial Revival style were constructed reflecting Colonial Georgian and Federal periods. The district’s most outstanding example of this style is probably the Edward C. Ashby House at 302 Cherry Street (#220). Designed by the Winston-Salem architectural firm of Northup and O’Brien, the c. 1930 two-story brick house is five bays wide, has a steep slate-clad gable roof with paired interior end chimneys, round-arched dormers, a denticulated cornice, segmental-arched first story windows, and a handsome Classical entrance with dentiled pediment, Doric columns, and a round-arched transom. The interior has a graceful curved, Federal style staircase and both Georgian and Federal styles are represented in the trim and mantelpieces.” (District NRHP nomination)
    • Protective covenants are held by the Historic Preservation Foundation of  North Carolina.

524 Main Street, Pilot Mountain, Surry County

  • $325,500 (originally $309,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 4,118 square feet, 0.66 acre
  • Price/square foot: $77
  • Built in 1895
  • Listed January 23, 2021
  • Last sale: $225,000, November 2017
  • Note: For sale by owner

Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

606 Lexington Road, Asheboro, Randolph County
The James B. Neely House

  • $798,000
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,850 square feet, 4.84 acres
  • Price/square foot: $165
  • Built in 1940
  • Listed May 12, 2021
  • Last sale: November 1939, price not specified on deed
  • Note: James Brevard Neely (1897-1964) was president of the Bank of Asheboro from 1947 until his death. He was a veteran of World War I. Before going into banking, he served as Asheboro’s town clerk. His first wife, Golda Hayworth Neely (1904-1941), died at the age of 37. His second wife, Anne Burgess Neely (1916-2014), worked as a home demonstration agent for the Randolph County Extension office and as a teacher at Seagrove School.
    • FWIW: There are no historic districts in Asheboro, local or on the National Register. The only three historic districts in Randolph County are in Coleridge, Franklinville and Liberty.
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115 S. Pearl Street, Troy, Montgomery County
listing withdrawn June 19, 2020; relisted August 15, 2020
contract pending May 9, 2021; no longer under contract May 9, 2021

  • $549,900 (originally $599,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 5,135 square feet, 0.42 acres (see note)
  • Price/square foot: $107
  • Built in 1892
  • Listed July 14, 2019
  • Last sale: Listing says it was in 1910; no further information is available online.
  • Listing: For sale by owner
    • The house is on a lot of 0.42 acre. The listing references two additional lots that are included, apparently another 0.43 acre total.
    • The house is across the street from the Montgomery County Courthouse.
    • “A portion of the home was the original town post office and has remained in the same family since 1910.”
    • “Remington chandeliers from Pennsylvania, mahogany over-mantles from plantations on the Mississippi River, fireplaces throughout. Hidden doorways and many nooks and crannies with quirky charm. … An impressive 2 story pine paneled entrance with original oak floors, stained glass window, and a massive staircase … Original 10′ & 12′ stamped metal ceilings. Elegant formal dining room has been known to seat 30+ family and guests. A fully stocked library with volumes of antique books. … 20×36 foot wine cellar in basement with stone fireplace and steel reinforced storm shelter.”
    • “Perfect for a bed and breakfast, home-based business, shop, office, educational facility or just a residence for large family or someone who welcomes an abundance of visitors.
    • “Entertainment/game/billiard room is 25 x 36 with pool table included. An indoor pool remains structured under the large billiard room floor if so desired to convert back into function.”
    • “A 64×32′ garage holds approx. 18 cars and is located on additional 2 lots (included) just perfect for a multitude of needs from collector cars to business product storage.”
    • This appears to be the garage:
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