1905 Eclectic – Morganton, NC

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Added to OHD on 6/14/10   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   33 Comments

101 Church St, Morganton, NC

  • $119,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3870 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
This unique historic home named The Aerie overlooks Glen Alpine and has beautiful views of the mountains. Not only does the home have interesting architecture including Colonial Revival, Queen Ann and Tudor but there is plenty of local historical significance as well. The house was built by Dr. Hennessee who also had his office in the residence. Some of the architectural features include the following: stone octagonal tower, wraparound porch with stone pillars, wide moldings, tongue and groove walls and some original mantels. Owner has saved salvageable wood and shutters. No heat installed. Includes three story barn.
OHD Notes
This is known as 'The Aerie'. Built by Dr. Hennessee, "some of the architectural features include the following: stone octagonal tower, wraparound porch with stone pillars, wide moldings, tongue and groove walls and some original mantels. Front porch has been removed so foundation work could be done. Owner has saved salvageable wood and shutters. No heat installed. Includes three story barn." I found some history of the family here.

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33 Comments on 1905 Eclectic – Morganton, NC

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  1. Elizabeth says: 6 comments

    I am originally from this area. My mom lives just down the street. I have always loved this house, and it makes me sad to think that it may one day face the wrecking ball. I say that because it’s structure looks poorer with every visit. I keep praying that a buyer will come along, see it’s beauty and give it the TLC it so desparately needs.

    Last I heard it would take $250,000 to make it habitable as the third floor is sagging down into the second. At least it looked that way to my eyes. I hope steps have been taken to secure the structure from any further deterioration, but I sincerely doubt it….

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12509 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks for the update, I was curious if this was still standing or not.

      • Elizabeth says: 6 comments

        It is, but it is barely hanging on. I happened to get a sneak peek inside a couple years ago because at that time the house was not secured, and it was very apparent that vagrants had been living there. I emailed the real estate company to let them know, and it was secured not long after. I always make a point to do a drive by with every visit. Last I heard, the fire department had been talking about using it for kindling.

        As much it pains me, I would much rather see the house just stand until it just can’t stand anymore. The thought of it being torn or burned down… Let’s just say, if it ever came to that you’d probably hear some story about the crazy lady who chains herself to the door in front of the wrecking ball. That’d crazy lady would be me…..

  2. says: 1 comments

    My best friend grew up in this house from the 80’s to the early 00’s. We used the green room as a skating rink. The pink room was her sister’s. Her uncle used the dining area as a bedroom. There had been a porch swing on the left side of the patio we would sit, swing and sing on. Close to the elementary school for us to run over, as small children, & play on the playgrounds. It looks a lot worse than it did in the 90’s obviously. The second floor toilet had fallen through the floor into the parlor area and it had not been taken proper care of prior to that. I think it would take a lot more than $250K to fix up that mess. All of the floors sag, including points on the main floor which sit over the cellar. The wood, some of the glass windows, & fixtures that are still within that house, I would imagine would be expensive or worth something to those interested in remodeling with a Victorian/vintage feel. But I would think the effort that would be needed into getting this house up to running status, would be a lot of work and need a wealthy person to do it! That house has carried many memories within it and I still occasionally have dreams about it. Have wanted to go back inside as I have moved back into the area, but the fear of falling through a floor board hushes that want! I would hate to see it used as kindling though. Would hope they would do an auction prior to that happening.

  3. Kathy Curfman says: 1 comments

    This house was built by my maternal grandfather. He died before I was born. My mother, also deceased, used to show me all the older homes in Glen Alpine that he built. I wish I had the money to buy and restore it to its original state, but I don’t. Oddly enough my grandfather and his family lived in a very modest house at the end of the same street directly behind what is now the Thrifty Mart and a family by the last name of Hennessee live there now. I wish I could have met my grandfather, Jacob Epley. He must have been quite a carpenter. Thanks for sharing this pic.

  4. Elizabeth Owens says: 6 comments

    Does anyone have any pictures of the inside taken back in its heyday before vandals destroyed it? Ladybree? The friend that lived there from the 80s to 00s. DId her family own the place? WHAT happened to the last owners? Did they just die out? You would think someone would have inherited it and not let it get into such horrible condition.

    The last time I visited and managed to sneak in, the kitchen was a complete shambles. Someone had purposely pulled apart all the kitchen cabinetry and thrown the drawers on the floor. The sight of that made me so mad I could spit nails.

  5. Aeron says: 3 comments

    Love the looks of this house …. Found your site by researching it online. We drove by it a few years ago while exploring the NC countryside. Going through photos today and found ours from that trip and decided to google it – does anyone know why it isn’t selling after all this time (other than the obvious price/repair work needed?)

  6. Aeron says: 3 comments

    Thanks for responding Elizabeth 🙂 I’ve been in contact with the realtor discussing the house… We were interested in possibly purchasing it and rehabbing it into an arts studio/gallery/home, but have decided that the actual cost and rehab expense would be entirely too much to undertake. I hope someone does step in and save it though, it is definitely an interesting house and deserves some attention.

    Curious if anyone has more photos of the interiors (either now or when it was in good condition) I’d be most curious to know what it look(ed) like.

  7. Elizabeth Owens says: 6 comments


    Did the realtor tell you off hand what it would cost to rehab the house? Has there been any steps taken to shore up the house from further detoriation?

    For a moment, my heart stopped when you said you were potentially buying the place.. I don’t know you, but I was hoping for a tour of it afterwards in its renewed state. The later it gets the more likely it seems it will go to the wrecking ball…..

  8. Aeron says: 3 comments

    Elizabeth, the current owner has shored up the foundation and had intended to rehab the home into a bed and breakfast a few years ago before the economy tanked … The realtor is an incredibly nice lady who is a descendant of the Hennessee family, and she was most welcoming to my inquiry.

    Our original intent when considering this property was an open arts studio – filling the entire first floor, which would opened the house to the public.

    I’ve rehabbed two other historic properties before, and just assuming the best possible scenario for our project, I estimate $300k+ just for the restoration – and that is dependent upon solid structural integrity – (There is an immediate need to be a new roof, refurb of all exterior walls and windows, and then you would move inside, where you would need new plumbing, wiring, heating, cooling, etc., etc.) – but I wouldn’t have actual numbers unless we moved forward with an inspection.

    So, for my purposes, that puts this project waaaaaaay out of reach… Which is sad because the house is just unique and odd enough looking that it would have been a perfect project for our needs.

  9. says: 4 comments

    This house is my great uncle’s house (my Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Brother). I recently went to visit it and got the tour. If I had the means, I’d have bought this house on the spot. Absolutely love this house, the family ties also draws me to it. I’ve got my fingers crossed that an opportunity will present itself. If it had been a little closer to habitable and not 1 1/2 hours to my work I’d probably have tried a little harder to get it. Hopefully in time …

  10. Rachel Burleson says: 2 comments

    I grew up in that house from 1983 until 2004. We may have some pictures of us inside and out. But just wanted to clear up questions. My grandmother died in 2003, my whole family lived there, my mother, my sister, my maternal uncle, his son, his wife, my ex-husband, our 2 children, many friends who came over to hang out. At one point there was 10 of us in the house at one time, elderly great great aunts to me. This house has alot of history, but has had major problems with the foundation, plumbing etc since we lived there. When my grandmother passed, we all went our separate ways. If you want any more info, my email is taylormadegirl13@gmail.com
    Rachel Burleson

  11. Rachel Burleson says: 2 comments

    I lived there from 1983, when i was 2, until 2004. Email me if you want info. My whole family lived there. Who are you and how are u related to me? My family is the only people who lived there besides the Hennessees to my knowledge.

    • Native Too says: 1 comments

      I grew up in this area as well, attended the GA schools located directly behind this home, and I recall a lady by the name of Miss Bessie living in this house with her live-in housekeeper Rosebud O’neil. The home was in good condition as I recall at this time, perhaps this was in the 70’s.

  12. says: 4 comments

    I was just updated that this house has sold and will be redone. Unfortunately not by me. At least it will be saved.

  13. Dan says: 1 comments

    I swung by there today as I’ve had this place on my mind since discovering it online several months ago. It looks like someone is just starting a serious amount of work on the house. The porch is pulled up and many of the supporting beams have been replaced. You can see where the foundation has been shored up, but it looks like there is more to be done from that perspective. The back of the house where the bump out/addition is has some serious work needed. The sill on top of the foundation is completely rotted. The porch stone is intact. In fact, the original (or added later) anchors and pulleys for what look like roll up canvas awnings are still there in the stone. Looks like they have a lot of work ahead of them and I look forward to visiting in several months to see the progress.

  14. says: 4 comments

    Dan, that work was done by the previous owner. Besides the porch and foundation, he had also started the floors in two rooms on the bottom floor as well as some (minimal) electrical. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of that when I was there in December (2013). The story I got was that the owner at the time wanted to make a bed and breakfast but had to put it back on the market due to health issues (stroke or something, hard for me to remember). I’d hoped to find a way to buy the house (as I am a Hennessee) but couldn’t find a way to make it happen. My cousin found out and strongly looked into it as well early last month but the realtor said it had sold within the last month. The new owner does intend to fix it up. Keep us posted next time you stop by. Here is a link to the pictures I took back in December.

  15. Mickey William Hennessee says: 1 comments


    Dr.E.A. Hennessee is my great grandfather. One of his sons is William Nixon Hennessee, my grand father. My dad is Robert George Hennessee Sr. My daughter and I watched and talked about this house for years. Would love to hear from you.

    Mickey Hennessee – Utah since 1975.

  16. says: 4 comments

    Shoot me a line at fifty8vw at yahoo dot com

  17. Amber says: 2 comments

    They have a facebook page about the rehabbing
    Rehabbing the Aerie of Glen Alpine

  18. Joe Carey says: 1 comments

    Here’s a short video of the house shot a year ago…

  19. Jennifer says: 2 comments

    Any updates on this house? Has it been restored?

  20. Melissa says: 1 comments

    We drove by this house tonight & it looks awful 🙁 There are items strewn around the porch, etc and the back is a wreck. **edited to add: I just found the link for their Facebook & it looks like they were doing work in June. Maybe things are still happening? Definitely looks bad from outside.

  21. says: 1 comments

    This house is currently being restored. I live in Marion; a nearby city. You can follow the progress on Facebook at “Rehabbing the Aerie of Glen Alpine.” It’s been great to see the pictures.


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