Historic Homes Tour

Check out some of the houses from past tours:

 

JOHN P. ROGERS HOUSE – 1901

106 Walnut Street The National Register describes the house as a three-bay I-house, with center hall plan, one-story ell, and a reworked two-tier front porch. John Patterson Rogers (1861-1938), carpenter, apparently built the house in 1901. He had married Sallie Ann Hatsell (1863-1941) and by the time they moved into the house they had three
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SWANSBORO BAPTIST PASRONAGE – 1901

108 Walnut Street The house is a typically constructed wood frame, two story house, described as a triple-A, three-bay I-house plan with a two tier front porch and a two story ell, built in 1901 as a parsonage for the pastor of the Swansboro Baptist Church. Technically, these pastors served Bear Creek, Piney Grove and
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HAWKINS HOUSE – 1840

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
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LEON ANDREW SEWELL – 1904

200 Moore Street An example of a 3-bay “I” Plan, which was typical in this area around the beginning of the 20th century. It has single rooms on either side of the entry corridor, a center gable, a front door that features side lights with decorative raised lower panels. The front porch and rear decks
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AMELIA CANADAY – 1935

114 Water Street This was the last Swansboro house built by local carpenter Robert Lee Smith. His daughter Amelia and her husband, local charter boat captain Everett Canady, raised their children; Edward, Rosemary, and Alton here. Amelia often sat on the porch, even well into her late nineties. The cottage has been remodeled with garage
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ROB L. WILLIAMS HOUSE – 1937

503 Sabiston Drive This cottage style home reflects the craftsmanship of John Rogers, a popular local carpenter who built a number of houses in town. The owner of record Rob L. Williams Sr. was born 1868 in Wilmington to T. J. Williams (died ca. 1870) and C. Alice Williams with sister, Ida, and brother, Thomas.
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ROBERT LEE SMITH HOUSE – 1901

202 Walnut Street Robert Lee Smith (1871-1943) built this, his family home, with salvaged lumber (which he hand planed) from two schooners wrecked offshore. The National Register describes the house and Smith as follows, “A three-bay I-house with center-hall plan, two-tier front porch, one-story ell now detached and located on adjoining property. Smith was Swansboro’s
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JOHN & BESSIE PARKIN LITTLETON HOUSE – 1920-30

503 Water Street While not listed as “Contributing” in the National Register due to numerous changes, this house’s contribution to the early 20th century fabric of Swansboro is clear, due to the integration of one of the period’s largest fishing families with one of the most well known merchants. Its location is the colorfully known
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THE RINGWARE HOUSE – 1778

209 Main Street The Peter Ringware House was built on original Lot 23 of the town plat Theophilus Weeks laid out in 1771. In 1774, the owner of the lot was Archelous Weeks, son of Theophilus, probably an inheritance since this was about the time of Theophilus’ death. He sold the lot to William Wrenn
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CHARLES R. WEBB HOUSE – 1908

211 S. Elm Street This house was built by Charles R. Webb (1874-1951) for his family, including his wife, Pauline (1876-1959) and children, Richard T. (b. 1898); Clyde R. (b. 1897) father of Horace C. Webb; Horace J. (father of Joe Webb and Paula Webb Keagy) and Aleta (b. 1911) mother of Dick Kellum. Charles
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MARY RIGGS HOUSE – 1941

This house is not in the Historic District nor has the local designation as a historic house, but being 75 years of age is within the “Historic Age” established by the State Historic Preservation Office. There are two considerations making the house especially interesting. This house was constructed, literally, by a woman, Mrs. Mary Matthews
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CAPTAIN ALEXANDER MOORE HOUSE – 1906

218 S. Walnut Street This house is an example of a Three-bay “I” Plan, typical in this area around the beginning of the 20th Century. It was characterized by single rooms on either side of the entry corridor, a center gable, a front door that featured sidelites with decorative raised lower panels. This house has
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MORTON ACADEMY – 1880

735 Main Street Extension This one room school house is typical of schools of the day across the country. They served first through eighth grades, and were strategically located so students did not have to walk more that 2 or 3 miles. This school was constructed near where the present Swansboro Middle School is now,
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