Save This Old House: North Carolina Folk Victorian
A three-bedroom, two-bath house with charming period details!
Location Goldsboro, NC
Contact Maggie Gregg, 252-689-6678; [email protected]
The History: When young Civil War veteran Joseph Peacock returned home to North Carolina in the late 1800s, he set out right away to build this Folk Victorian cottage on a large tract of land he inherited outside the town of Goldsboro. While it’s unclear whether he and his wife, Hattie, had children of their own, Joseph, a member of the Grand Lodge of the North Carolina Odd Fellows, took to heart the organization’s edict to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan.” To that end he donated a 20-acre parcel for a home and school for young orphaned wards of the state.
In 1915 Joseph divided the rest of his land into salable parcels, forming the foundation of Goldsboro as it is today. After his death, the house was sold outside the family. It is now in dire need of restoration.
Shown: The three-bedroom, two-bath house sits on a quarter-acre lot. It retains its original four-over-four windows and fishscale shingle siding in the gable.
Why Save It? The locally significant house tells the story of a man more dedicated to helping those in need than to living lavishly himself. The exterior retains simple clapboard siding and porch spindlework. Inside are pine floors, an elegant balustrade, and several wood mantels.
Shown: The paneled front door is topped with a transom. The porch retains its original turned posts.
What It Needs: The 1,878-square-foot house will require a significant amount of work, including putting in all new systems and repairing the roof and siding; future restorations will be eligible for a state preservation tax credit. While it’s a sizable job, saving this gem would create a home base for life in a charming town, just an hour from Raleigh or Durham.
Shown: A simple wood mantel surrounds a wood-burning fireplace in the dining room.