c. 1790/1841 – Louisburg, NC

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1447 Peach Orchard Rd, Louisburg, NC 27549

  • $230,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2214 Sq Ft
  • 5.15 Ac.
There once was a Captain named Cooke. His home like halves of a book. Both halves are old. Each will be sold. We urge you to come take a look. ******** Imagine your own private historical compound. A rare offering in Franklin County, North Carolina located between Youngsville and Louisburg. Nestled on over 5 level acres is the Jones Cooke House built in two parts, circa 1790 and 1841. The rear of the home dates to the late 1700s and currently houses the spacious kitchen with granite counters/custom cabinetry connected by a breezeway to a spacious family room/bedroom with bath. This earliest section features 13-foot ceilings, original heart pine flooring and original fireplaces/mantels. The second floor contains an unfinished bath space awaiting the new owners' touches as well as a large bedroom space and laundry area. The front of this impressive home was built in 1841 in the Greek Revival style by Jones Cooke. This section features four large rooms with a formal parlor, dining room and two bedrooms on the second floor. All rooms have original woodwork throughout with 6-panel doors, wainscoting, plaster walls, brass carpenter locks, fireplaces and mantels. Interestingly, the main parlor has a mantelpiece crafted by Thomas Day in the prevailing Empire/Greek Revival style of the era. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes another rare offering - the Shemuel Kearney House moved to the property from neighboring Franklinton a few years ago. This circa 1759 gambrel roof structure was saved from demolition and moved to its current location for a complete restoration. This important home is one of the oldest structures extant in North Carolina. The Kearney House has a new roof and foundation and awaits the many possibilities for restoration that might include an in-law house, separate residence, shop or perhaps income-generating potential. The property sits on 5.15 acres of prime land suitable for agricultural development, horses/livestock and any number of other possibilities. Two private wells (one dedicated to the organic gardens), raised beds, fenced-in property lines and privacy plantings. A custom designed garden house built from reclaimed historical materials sits adjacent to main house as well as other outbuildings including the original mid-19th-century doctor's office to rear of house and a newly built storage shed on the west flank of the property. All this and still very commutable to Raleigh.
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Paul Setliff, ERA Dream Living Realty
919-665-6500
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  1. JimHJimH says: 5009 comments
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    NRHP Nomination: http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/FK0003.pdf
    There’s an amazing archive of photos of the house from the 1980’s at NC State, including a very old shot from the 1800’s:
    http://images.lib.ncsu.edu/luna/servlet/view/search;jsessionid=1C9F50DFBDF27877AAE4DFFDD4979D9D?q=Subject=%22Cooke%20House%20%28Franklin%20County%2C%20N.C.%29%22

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11884 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Wow, what an amazing restoration! I wonder how many people would have looked at those images and said “not savable”. Very cool, thanks for finding those!

      • MW says: 892 comments

        Agree, was looking like it was about a 1/2 step away from be left for a total loss.

        Interesting to see the outside with what appears to have never been painted wood. Hard to believe the wood would have stayed even that nice without ever having been painted. Not sure if it was ever painted or not. But I have to admit, I kind of like it painted white, whether that is historically original or not. Looks very classic like that. But I suppose if it had never been painted up to 1984, I would have had a very hard time painting it myself.

  2. Laurie W. says: 1745 comments

    It must have been painted originally, as a Greek Revival, although the old pics don’t show paint either. I love the historic photos. In the few photos shown, it has some very nice elements. I agree with others, pictures of trees & grass are great to establish the property’s appearance, but hey, no substitute for seeing what the house looks like.

    I wonder how it would feel to live in a house where generations of your family had lived before you. Really cool.

  3. susan mecca urbanczyk says: 1139 comments

    What a beautiful home. I adore it. I agree I would love to see more of the house but I am the odd one that loves plenty of photos of the outside and the land. The property on which the house sits is sooo important to me. This house is in a gorgeous spot.

  4. DannyB says: 1 comments

    This house was never painted as far as I know. I used to spend my summer vacations with my grandmother who farmed the property. She moved into the house around 1945 and stayed there until around 1970. Many of the out buildings are gone now as well as many of the oak trees that were planted around the property. The last thing I notice was the front porch is much smaller than when my grandmother live there. The front porch use to cover the whole front of the house.

  5. Holly Q says: 78 comments

    Be still my heart.

  6. sherri says: 5 comments

    Love the house and what a bonus my maiden name is cook would love to own this home

  7. Patrick D. says: 2 comments

    The realtor claims the fireplace mantle in the main room was built by Thomas Day. I can’t seem to find any reference to him in the historical documentation. Anybody on this thread involved with the restoration?

    • Rod Perry says: 74 comments

      Hi as you know one of the owners is an architect. We believe the parlor mantel could be by him. We’ll be working on some documentation

  8. Rodney Perry says: 74 comments

    As of noon Wednesday March 16th 2016 my partner and I are the new owners of this property!, we are excited to start a full and correct restoration (with sensitive modern conveniences) The primary reason that we made this purchase was the Kearney Hose which was moved to the property to save from demolition. Shemuel Kearny was my 4th great grand father and I had to save and restore this gem from 1759

  9. Rod Perty says: 74 comments

    Thanks for the comment! Leah Kearney was my 3rd Great Aunt, and Shemuel Kearney my 4th Great grandfather. Uncanny that the Kearney house was moved to a location that is connected to the family. We are underway with the complete renovation, restoration. First the necessities like roof and Windows. Already done extensive cleanup of grounds etc.

    • LB says: 1 comments

      Hi, Shemuel was my 5th GGF. So glad this beautiful house is staying in the family! I’m doing a family tree on Ancestry.com and my husband and I are going to do our DNA.

      • Rod Perry says: 74 comments

        Hi I also am on Ancestry and have gotten to Shemuel’s grandfather Major Barnaby Cornelious Kearney! I guess from there it’s Dublin. I did my DNA as well

  10. HousenutHousenut says: 74 comments

    Kelly,
    We have completed 90% of this restoration. I’d love to share “after” photos. What’s the best way so they will connect?

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