Updated December 2, 2022
These historic homes are on farms or other properties with substantial acreage.
415 E. Main Street, Jamestown, Guilford County
The Thomas C. Ragsdale House
listing withdrawn May 14, 2020; relisted August 10, 2020
listing withdrawn August 24, 2021; relisted November 15, 2021
sale pending April 8 to May 12, 2022
listing withdrawn November 6, 2022
- $3 million (originally $2.5 million, later as low as $2.25 million and as high as $3.5 million)
- 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 7,685 square feet, 21 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 for sale was doubled to 42 acres for a time.
- 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, a five-stall horse barn and horse pasture.
- $599,900 (originally $850,000)
- There are two houses on the property.
- 1928 brick bungalow, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,686 square feet
- No date or number of bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 970 square feet
- Price/square foot (combined): $226
- 29.98 acres on two lots
- Listed July 22, 2022
- Last sale: one lot, $170,000, February 2019; the other, price not recorded on deed, May 1984
- Listing: “Two acre Spring fed pond, level land, a good amount already cleared. Property is right on city limits, and city water is right up to the property. …
- “There is a craftsman style home, with many upgrades, Roof, windows, etc, although needs some TLC. The second home on property is a charming cabin by the lake. It needs substantial updating … There are two entrances, the one on right facing property, a portion of drive encroaches on neighboring land.”
- The Neese’s Country Sausage plant is right next door (sausage, liver mush, scrapple and stuff you probably don’t even want to know what they’re made of).
- The property is 6 miles southeast of Greensboro.
4615 N.C. Highway 65, Rockingham County
sale pending November 6, 2022
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,790 square feet, 73.84 acres
- Price/square foot: $279
- Built in 1920
- Listed September 12, 2022
- Last sale: July 1986, price not recorded on property card
- Note: Located 12 miles east of Reidsville
1412 Rankin Mill Road, McLeansville, Guilford County
The Baxter and Rosa Goodwin House
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,990 square feet, 10.1 acres
- Price/square foot: $116
- Built in 1924
- Listed August 23, 2022
- Last sale: $109,000, May 2018
- Note: The listing says the house and multiple buildings are considered to have no value.
- The house has no heating or air conditioning systems.
- From 1937 to 2007, the property was owned by the family of Baxter Carr Goodwin (1893-1941) and Rosa Goodwin (1893-1945). Although he owned 155 acres of land, Baxter wasn’t a farmer. He was listed in census records through the years as a machinist, carpenter and foreman. Baxter and Rosa were married in 1914. They had nine children between 1917 and 1928, six of whom survived to adulthood.
4700 Follansbee Road, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County
The Samuel and Lilly Sides House
- $499,000 (originally $550,000)
- There’s a remarkable disparity between county records and the details of the listing:
- County records: 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 1,900 square feet
- Listing: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,350 square feet
- As of October 18, 2022, the listing no longer mentions the house.
- 24.24 acres
- Built in 1900
- Price/square foot: $263
- Listed March 28, 2022
- Last sale: January 1884, price not recorded on deed
- Location: Just south of the city limits
- Note: Out-of-town owner
- The property is part of what was once a 60-acre tract, at least part of which has been in the Sides family since 1884, when the congregation of the United Brethren of Salem sold it to Samuel Albert Sides (1860-1951). Samuel and his wife, Lillian Gertrude Pope Sides (1867-1943), had 12 children over 26 years (10 sons and two daughters; both daughters and eight sons survived to adulthood).
- In 1935 they sold the property to their ninth son, Marcus Benjamin Sides (1905-1994), and his wife, Minnie Bedsaul Sides (1911-2001). Minnie passed the property on to their son in 1994. He is now selling it, ending the family’s 138 years of ownership.
- The listing promotes the property for urban sprawl: “This is the next perfect location for a new neighborhood.”
- The property consists of three contiguous parcels between Peters Creek Parkway/Salisbury Road and South Main Street. Wilshire Golf Club is to the west, and Hopewell Moravian Church is to the south (apparently the successor to the United Brethren of Salem).
- Included on the property are a barn and workshop, both of which have been used as residences: “The barn has ‘finished’ sq footage of 1350 and also has an additional 550 square feet on main level that could easily be finished. The 1900 sq feet upstairs is great for storage or a potential second living area.
- “The workshop has lots of finished sq footage also and has been used as an apartment in the past. It has a few rooms that were used as bedrooms and a full bath and kitchen.
- “A few acres at the back of the property are in the flood zone. No survey on file.”
9292 Creek Farm Road, Tobaccoville, Forsyth County
listing withdrawn December 7, 2020; relisted April 22, 2021
listing expired April 15, 2022
relisted September 20, 2022
- $339,000 (originally $900,000 for 30 acres)
- 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,580 square feet, 10 acres
- Price/square foot: $155
- Built in 1881
- Listed June 1, 2020
- Last sale: Not available in online records
- Note: For sale by owner
- The owner says the house needs considerable work. It has no HVAC.
- Previous listing: “Large open fields with creek. Farmhouse, large barn and numerous outbuildings. Land suitable for development or possible commercial use.”
- “60 foot right of way to Pizza Hut.”
Alamance, Caswell and Rockingham Counties
2522 Reid School Road, Reidsville, Rockingham County
sale pending August 13, 2022
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,800 square feet, 63 acres
- Price/square foot: $528
- Built in 1910
- Listed June 22, 2022
- Last sale: July 1986, price unknown
- Note: There are two houses on the property. The other is an 1,800 square foot ranch built in 1947.
- Listing: “Price does not reflect house values or any guarantees of square footage or any components of the two houses.”
- “City water and sewer available nearby”
- The property includes at least six outbuildings.
- $749,900 (originally $975,000)
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,852 square feet, 42 acres
- Price/square foot: $405
- Built in 1900
- Listed June 17, 2022
- Last sale: 1909 or earlier, price unknown
- Note: The house may have been built by farmer Amos Julius Richardson (1854-1938). In 1909 ownership passed to two of his children, eight-year-old Arthur Wilbert Richardson (1901-1983) and Daisy Richardson (1884-1971). Arthur’s son Ralph Gray Richardson (1933-2021) inherited the farm in 1983. It being sold by his heirs.
- Ralph was a graduate of Eli Whitney High School and Burlington Business College. He was a cattle and chicken farmer and also worked at Western Electric and the UNC-Chapel Hill public safety department. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties
- $797,500 (originally $795,000, later $750,000)
- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,268 square feet (per county), 140 acres
- Price/square foot: $629
- Built in 1915
- Listed May 25, 2022
- Last sale: $40,000, October 1978
- Note: “Fenced Pasture, 2200′ of frontage on the little Yadkin River, Streams, Old Smoke House, Cattle/Horse Barn, Egg House, Pack house, Tobacco Barn, (3) old chicken houses (great for storage), Hunting / Fishing – full of wildlife, 4Wheeling / Tubing & Camping, Bonus room can be 3rd Bedroom, Outbuildings in need of repair, Cropland land is currently leased, (4) parcels combined covering both Surry & Forsyth County.”
- The listing shows 1,960 square feet.
- The current owners bought the property from Robia Franklin Fulk (1916-2002) and Margarette Jones Fulk (1920-2002). After 64 years of marriage, the Fulks died eight months apart, Roby in March 2002 and Margarette in November 2002.
414 Will Boone Road, Mocksville, Davie County
sale pending November 13, 2022
- $514,900 (originally $549,900)
- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,318 square feet (per county), 35.83 acres (two tracts)
- Price/square foot: $222
- Built in 1903
- Listed June 1, 2022
- Last sale: $144,000, August 1999
- Note: The listing shows 2,482 square feet.
- “The exterior features a large in-ground saltwater pool possibly in need of a new liner. Numerous storage and outbuildings.”
- $475,000 (originally $525,000)
- 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,251 square feet, 45.60 acres
- Price/square foot: $146
- Built in 1910
- Listed July 18, 2022
- Last sale: $
- Listing: “… needs TLC to restore its original majestic and stately beauty.”
- The property has a Mount Airy mailing address but is 11 miles northeast of town, almost to the state line north of Mount Herman.
- 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,533 square feet, 38 acres
- Price/square foot: $277
- Built in 1942
- Listed November 11, 2022
- Last sale: Listing says the property is being sold “for the first time in 200 years.”
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,176 square feet, 57.6 acres
- Price/square foot: $340
- Built in 1937
- Listed August 15, 2022
- Last sale: $42,000, April 1984
- Listing: The house “hasn’t been lived in for years and definitely needs love and work.”
- “Heated finished sq.ft. is calculated by living area not all rooms have baseboard heaters. Multiple barns on property in great shape, spring head feeds creek in the meadow behind the house. No septic records found. Locked gated entrance”
- The farm is located well to the northeast of Westfield, north of the Johnstown community.
Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties
- 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 3,196 square feet, 17.65 acres
- Price/square foot: $180
- Built in 1937
- Listed October 24, 2022
- Last sale: $146,000, June 1997
- Note: The property includes about 10 acres of pasture with some fencing.
- Two “creek beds” run along both sides of the property.
- Outbuildings: Detached garage with a roll-up door and a one-vehicle carport and a storage building with cabinets and a mini split heating/cooling system