April 2005 Farmhouse
Location: Williamston, North Carolina
It was a tough decision for Henry Green’s five great-great grandchildren to sell off the family homestead. Henry built the North Carolina farmhouse way back in 1810, and it had remained in the family ever since. Oddly enough, they ended up selling the house to yet another family member, Oswell Smithwick—Henry’s great-great-grand nephew. Save for a few renovations, the 2,000-square-foot home looks much as it did when Henry built it. The front parlors still have their original flat-panel wainscoting, heart pine floors and four fireplace mantels. Oswell and his wife, Laura, bought the home for $35,000, and are getting started on some much-needed renovations, such as stabilizing the dilapidated front porch.