Historic Mansions

Updated March 5, 2020

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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listing withdrawn May 14, 2020; relisted August 10, 2020

  • $3.5 million (originally $2.5 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.
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3215 N. Rockingham Road, Sedgefield, Guilford County
Ayrshire
Blog post on Greensboro Historic Homes — 3215 N. Rockingham Road: A 1935 Cotswold Tudor manor house for $2.9 million

listing withdrawn January 21, 2021

  • $2.9 million (originally $3.25 million)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 half-baths, 10,696 square feet, 2.88 acres
  • Price/square foot: $271
  • Built in 1935
  • Listed November 2015
  • Last sale: None
  • Note: Located on the Sedgefield Country Club golf course
    • Architectural features include butterfly pegged floors, wood and plaster moldings, lead-pane windows, solid wood beams, a marble wall fountain in the main hall.

905 Forest Hill Drive, High Point
The J. Ed Millis House
contract pending February 26, 2021

  • $1.15 million
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 5,242 square feet, 1.06 acres
  • Price/square foot: $219
  • Built in 1926
  • Listed October 9, 2020
  • Last sale: $246,000, 1983
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood
  • Note: The house has been in the Millis family since it was built.
    • J. Ed Millis was an executive of the Adams-Millis Corporation. He was the son of J. Henry Millis, co-founder of the company.
    • The designed by Northrup and O’Brien of Winston-Salem.
    • The Architecture of High Point North Carolina: “The Millis residence stands as one of the most impressive in the city, with period detail that evokes a rambling medieval English manor house. The house is a distinctive variation of the Tudor Revival style in its incorporation of stuccoed walls throughout, rather than the more typical brick and false half-timbering.”
    • Listing: “The garage apt includes an additional bedroom, full bath, kitchen, and den. The property overlooks the High Point Country Club golf course and includes a 3 car garage and wonderful outdoor gazebo.”
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104 Kemp Road West
The Harry Barton House
Blog post — 104 Kemp Road West — Harry Barton’s Own House (August 2, 2020)
Blog post — The 1925 Harry Barton House in Hamilton Lakes, $1.65 million 
(June 28, 2019)

contract pending October 28, 2020
no longer under contract November 13, 2020

  • $925,000 (originally $1.65 million)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,027 square feet, 0.65 acre
  • Price/square foot: $230
  • Built in 1925
  • Listed April 23, 2019
  • Last sale: $105,000, June 1976
  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
  • Note: The house was designed by Harry Barton as his own residence.
    • The property is on Benjamin Lake.
    • A separate gym with a steam shower and hot tub overlooks the lake.
    • Italian tile roof
    • County property records show the house being bigger than the listing says it is — 4,027 square feet vs. 3,464.

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

  • $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

  • $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.”

105 Brantley Circle, High Point
The J. Howard Paylor House
contract pending February 15, 2021

  • $599,000 (originally $649,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,945 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $152
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed December 2, 2020
  • Last sale: $350,000, October 2009
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood
  • Listing: The property includes an attached two-car garage with workshop, a garden house and an adjacent lot (“an Emerywood anomaly”).
    • “This property has a strong furniture market rental history.”
    • Howard Paylor was a salesman. He owned the house from 1927 to 1948. The original owners may have been Henry and Fannie Harris and Lewis and Ida Harris, who sold the house to High Point Real Estate and Insurance Company in 1923. Paylor bought the house from the company.

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

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1121 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem
listing withdrawn March 23, 2020
relisted March 27, 2020

  • $2.39 million (originally $2.65 million)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 8,054 square feet, 2.29 acres
  • Price/square foot: $297
  • 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
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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

  • $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!”

370 Stratford Road NW, Winston-Salem
The Alice Lawrence House

  • $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
  • Not: 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.
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3935 Yadkinville Road, Winston-Salem
listing withdrawn February 11, 2021

  • $1.1 million
  • 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5,206 square feet, 4.4 acres
  • Price/square foot: $211
  • Built in 1930
  • Listed March 28, 2020
  • Last sale: $500,000, August 1998
  • Note: Designed by Northrup & O’Brien
    • The property includes a detached three-car garage with guest quarters.
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626 Oaklawn Avenue, Winston-Salem

  • $899,000 (originally $945,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,629 square feet, 0.36 acre
  • Price/square foot: $194
  • Built in 1936
  • Listed June 8, 2020
  • Last sale: $55,730, September 1983
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista

740 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem
listing withdrawn January 18, 2020

  • $817,900
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,760 square feet, 0.36 acre
  • Price/square foot: $172
  • Built in 1930
  • Listed December 10, 2020
  • Last sale: $450,000, August 2010
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: The house includes an efficiency apartment with kitchenette.
    • The lower level has a two-story playroom/studio/home office), an office area with built-ins, shelving with an attached ladder and a media room.
    • The third floor is not counted in the square footage because of its low ceiling height. It has a bedroom and a full bathroom.
    • The back of the house has a screened porch, tiered deck and patio with a stone fireplace.

652 Summit Street, Winston-Salem
Dr. Arthur DeTalma Valk House
contract pending January 29, 2021

  • $790,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,643 square feet, 0.40 acre
  • Price/square foot: $170
  • Built in 1921
  • Listed January 27, 2021
  • Last sale: $286,500, August 1996
  • Neighborhood: West End Historic District
  • District NRHP nomination: “The Valk House is an unusual two-story stuccoed dwelling designed by Richmond architect Charles H. Robinson and constructed by Fogle Brothers. It has clipped gables, gable end chimneys flanked by lunette windows, and a southeast side shed room balanced by a northwest side sun room (originally an open porch) with Tuscan columns. The front entrance is sheltered by a Classical porch with Tuscan columns and a pedimented entablature. The rear of the house, which faces Jersey Ave., has an ell with a sleeping porch and a ground level arcade.”
    • “Anna L. Valk purchased the property in 1916, but she and her husband, Dr. Arthur DeTalma Valk, were not listed on Summit St. until the 1922 city directory. The Valks owned the property until 1975.”
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403 Springdale Avenue, Winston-Salem
listing withdrawn January 2, 2019; relisted March 4, 2020
listing withdrawn April 3, 2020; relisted May 9, 2020
contact pending June 29 to July 18, 2020
listing withdrawn July 18, 2020; relisted July 22, 2020
listing expired August 6, 2020; relisted September 29, 2020
contract pending January 24, 2021

  • $539,000 (originally $665,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 5,351 square feet, 0.51 acre
  • Price/square foot: $101
  • Built in 1936
  • Listed April 11, 2018
  • Last sale: $353,000, December 2014
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: Since the house was listed in 2018, it also has been listed for rent.

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

  • $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.

912 Bethlehem Church Road, Eden, Rockingham County

  • $690,000 (originally $725,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,872 square feet, 132 acres
  • Price/square foot: $142
  • Built in 1890
  • Listed September 17, 2020
  • Last sale: $119,000, September 1972
  • Note: Formerly the 912 Bethlehem restaurant The property includes a pond and stables with five stalls. 
  • “… Large den with gorgeous rock fireplace with a hard pine mantle from Spray Mercantile Building. Room has wormy Chestnut paneling and a separate air unit.”
  • “The kitchen for the restaurant was created from the two car garage. There is a separate office beside the home.”

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

  • $595,000 (originally listed at $425,000 and as low as $368,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 4,790 square feet, 0.57 acre
  • Price/square foot: $124
  • 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.
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351 W. Meadow Road, Eden, Rockingham County
Rivermont
The Eggleston-Ziglar House
Blog post — Rivermont in Eden: A Landmark 1936 Mansion on the Smith River, $650,000
listing withdrawn March 6, 2020; relisted March 16, 2020
contract pending October 7 to November 13, 2020
contract pending January 21, 2021

  • $575,000 (originally $650,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, 5,231 square feet (per county records), 15.06 acres
  • Price/square foot: $110
  • Built in 1936
  • Last sales: $400,000, March 2019; $455,000, September 2017
  • Neighborhood: Leaksville
  • Note: Was for sale by owner, now listed with an agent
    • The home’s new owners bought the house in March 2019, made some renovations, secured designation for it as a local landmark in June and now have put it up for sale again at 62 percent more than they paid for it.
    • The property is on the Smith River.
    • From the previous FSBO listing: “Rivermont would make a great home for entertaining, a B&B or wedding venue.” The last previous owners marketed it as a performance and event venue.
    • The house still has its slate roof.

Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties

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132 Becktown Road, Mocksville, Davie County
Boxwood Lodge
Boxwood Lodge NRHP
Blog post — Boxwood Lodge: An Elegant National Register Mansion-Wedding Venue-B&B near Mocksville, $3.45 million

  • $3.45 million
  • 10 bedrooms, 8 full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, 9,285 square feet, 48.23 acres
  • Price/square foot: $372
  • Built in 1934
  • Listed January 17, 2019
  • Last sale: $1.3 million, December 2017
  • Note: The house was designed by Delano & Aldrich of New York.
    • The property is what remains of a 1,500-acre hunting retreat developed from 1911 to 1931 by William Rabb Craig, a New York cotton and sugar broker who died in 1931. Craig’s widow built the house on the site of a hunting lodge built in the 1910’s.
    • The listing says a $5 million restoration of the house was completed in 2007.
    • The property includes a guest cabin built in 1933, a barn built in the 1910’s and a pond.
    • It’s now a bed and breakfast and a wedding/event venue.

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

  • $699,000 (originally $725,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 half-baths, 4,782 square feet, 0.74 acre
  • Price/square foot: $146
  • 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.

Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

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1185 Tall Tree Road, Clemmons, Davidson County

  • $1.2 million (originally $1.6 million)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 6,636 square feet, 35.6 acres
  • Price/square foot: $181
  • Built in 1940
  • Listed November 9, 2018
  • Last sale: $900,000, May 2016
  • Note: The property is located on the Yadkin River, 3 miles from Clemmons. Although it has a Clemmons mailing address, it’s in Davidson County.
    • The house was built around a hunting lodge.
    • The property includes a heated salt water pool, pond, a two-bedroom guesthouse, barn, stable, chicken coops, duck hutch and large fenced garden.
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115 S. Pearl Street, Troy, Montgomery County
listing withdrawn June 19, 2020
relisted August 15, 2020

  • $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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254 N.C. Highway 22, Ramseur, Randolph County
contract pending January 25, 2021

  • $396,500 (originally $425,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,458 square feet, 20.96 acres
  • Price/square foot: $89
  • Built in 1939
  • Listed December 11, 2020
  • Last sale: $215,000 in two transactions — smaller lot, $170,000, December 1994; larger lot: $45,000, June 2005
  • Note: The property includes a pond.
    • “1st basement area has pool table fireplace & slate flooring, 2nd basement has large 22×16 bonus room/den/office/inlaw suite w/brick flooring, small kitchen & bath with deck leads outside on basement level.”
    • “Concrete Pool has not used for several yrs …”
    • The property consists of two non-contiguous lots, outlined in orange (4.11 acres with house) and red (16.85 cares with pond). Click to see a larger image: