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 Riggs, with the help of two local carpenters.

In 1941, while her husband was on shore horse patrol attached to the Coast Guard during World War II, Mary planned, acquired the materials and brought them to Swansboro from New Bern pulling a trailer behind their car. She directed and led the construction with help from her husband, Elver Riggs when available.

Currently the house is owned by Lee and Charlene Nichols, who have done some interesting revisions to the house demonstrating creative adaptation for contemporary living to a small house.