208 Elm Street

Basil Hawkins probably built the house, and his heir, Catherine Hawkins, owned it in 1850. Andrew Jackson Murrill bought the house in 1860 and sold it to Methodist minister John F. Mattocks in 1863. Apparently, during Murrill’s ownership, the house was rented out.

During one of several Union raids of Swansboro during the Civil War, William Harden Jones, a Confederate dispatcher visiting his parents on furlough, was captured by Union Troops in the upstairs east bedroom. This is a 3-bay double-pile center-hall house plan with a 2-tier front porch. The 2-story rear addition was most likely added during remodeling in the early 1900s.