1884 Folk Victorian – Lansing, NC

Added to OHD on 3/30/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   19 Comments
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630 Spencer Branch Rd, Lansing, NC 28643

  • $349,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2520 Sq Ft
  • 20.8 Ac.
VICTORIAN CHARM ON 20+ ACRES & BOLD CREEK AT ITS BEST. Ideal white picket fence setting for a bed & breakfast or mini-farm with horse & livestock pasture, barn & several outbuildings. Main floor features an inviting foyer, living room, master bedroom & bath, dining room, large eat-in kitchen & covered front and side porches. Upper level includes 4 bedrooms, full bath, front balcony and private side balcony that looks over the property. This turn of the century home boasts original woodwork, hardwood floors & tall ceilings. Property also features 2 FP's, wood stove, root cellar for canned goods, garden areas & a bldg. behind the home used as a laundry room (formerly a spring house) and a shooting range. Sellers are only the second owners of this beautiful home. The home also has a private set of stairs leading from the kitchen to the upper level. This property is a must see.
Contact Information
Jean Leander, High Country Realty of NC,
(336) 846-6875

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19 Comments on 1884 Folk Victorian – Lansing, NC

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  1. gail says: 98 comments

    Well folks I have a lot of work to do packing and all….jeez I am so so so in love…and how about that kitchen table…from my childhood…shooting range (I have one) and a spring house. I will not touch that kitchen or the appliances they are perfect

    • H.Bucket says: 17 comments

      I thought the same thing!
      Even the dishwasher fits.
      I’m in love with the sink and stove.

    • PenningtonHouseNC says: 1 comments

      I purchased this house in September of 2016 and created a website for the house for the purpose of having an electronic record of its history. We love the house and will take very good care of it. Already completed a lot of work to keep it in good order. We are now the 3rd owners and hope to keep it in the family. Check out http://www.thepenningtonhouse.com if you’d like to read about it and see some new pictures. Again, this is purely for historical record, no ads or commercial use of the house at all!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Thanks PenningtonHouseNC, I was wondering who the new owners were. Belated congrats! The website is interesting to read, love the old photos!

  2. Susan P says: 1 comments

    What a lovely house and setting! It’s singing a siren song to me!

  3. Oh good, we’ll be neighbors. 😉 My husband and I own property in Lansing (well it’s a Lansing address but still 20 minutes of mountain backroads to get there) and will eventually build and retire there.

  4. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 283 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    Nice home, but they need to show more pics!

  5. Kenneth Lee Benjamin says: 58 comments

    I like this house, I live about 3 hours away and might have to take a ride to see this.Just have to see if its too far away from a grocery store,Im retired and wonder how the area is for living there .Now Im an hour away from stores in Asheville.The road looks to be close to the house but looks to be a quite road.I like the out buildings and a 1st floor master bedroom.Wish the Landsing Cheese factory was still in operation.Looks pretty close to Boone and Blowing Rock.

  6. JimHJimH says: 4949 comments
    OHD Supporter

    They picked a pretty spot for this one.

    Ancient photo of the home of Cicero Pennington (1847-1928), with the family.

    If the house came with a song, it might be this one by local girl Martha Spencer: Home is where the fiddle rings, home is where my mama sings

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Wow! The really old photo is awesome and makes me love the house even more.

      I think that is the perfect song for the house.

      • JimHJimH says: 4949 comments
        OHD Supporter

        The photo is miraculous. I love the fence above the roofline like in a Grandma Moses painting. Did you notice the family looks like it’s posing for a different camera to the right?

      • JimHJimH says: 4949 comments
        OHD Supporter

        I sent a note to the lady who posted the photo to thank her and ask about the house. She wrote:
        The lovely Pennington family home, built by my G-Grandfather Cicero Pennington in the 1880s was inhabited by only two generations of Penningtons for exactly 100 years. It was sold as a second home to [a doctor and wife from Charlotte NC] in 1985, and they lovingly maintained and decorated it with meticulous attention to the original workmanship. It has been on the market for years …
        Dent Pennington, the youngest of 11 Pennington children and heir to the family home upon his father’s death, had no children and most of the family had dispersed to other areas of the country by then, so it was sold at auction. Too bad none of us dispersed descendants has the $$$$ and ambition to return to carry on the loving maintenance of a wonderful example of mountain Victoriana. Cicero Pennington was a skilled woodworker and house builder and constructed a number of other homes in the area along with quite a collection of walnut and cherry furniture that was sold at auction upon his death.

    • Kenneth Lee Benjamin says: 58 comments

      looks like the grave yard is apart on the property of the homesite? Sad its unkept,if I end up with this house I would clear it back off and maintain it.Thanks for those great pics.

    • Tracy says: 23 comments

      Jim, how are you so successful in finding old pictures and information on houses? I have been searching for so long on any info on my home and come up with nothing except for recent pictures. I want to bring her back to life and am curious what she looked like before..thx.

  7. JimHJimH says: 4949 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The NC Historic Preservation Office did a study of architecture in Ashe County a few years ago, with about 100 buildings submitted as a group to the NRHP. The Cicero Pennington Farm was mentioned in the report in four separate sections – http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/AH0716.pdf

    Owners of I-houses in Ashe County and western North Carolina generally were clearly expressing a strong sense of fashion and taste. The level of detail and finish ofl-houses in the county ranges considerably, but the majority of the largest and most finely appointed houses of the c.1880 – c.1910 period are I-houses, indicating the form’s fashion status. Many of these examples feature a two-story, gable-roof porch at the center bay of the facade. This porch, which is sometimes repeated as a two-story, shed-roof porch along one side of the rear ell, contains much of the house’s ornamentation. The Cicero Pennington House (AH 153) in Helton, built in 1884, features an excellent interior with grained door panels as well as exuberant sawn ornamentation on the porches. The porch posts themselves are flat boards sawn into a curvaceous and decorative silhouette. Sawn brackets and balustrades are also present.

    The double-gable porch type that is common in Ashe County appears to be a local variant. The history behind it is unknown although extant examples are concentrated in the northwestern section of the county. It seems reasonable to presume that the form was derived from the desire to use the popular gable roof two-tier form while still providing a full or nearly full-facade porch.
    One of the most elaborate examples of an I-house with a gabled double-tier porch at its center bay is found at the Cicero Pennington Farm (AH 153) near Helton. Built in 1884, the house has a double-tier porch both on its facade and the side of the rear ell. The house has a highly decorated weatherboarded exterior featuring cornerboards with caps. Most of the ornament is found on the porches, which are supported by sawn silhouette posts with a sawn balustrade and brackets. The attic windows in the gables are a circle over triangle design. The faux-grained, six-panel front door is flanked by sidelights and a transom. Half-round pilasters with a small cap molding also accent the entry.

    Land use patterns are closely related to fencing practices in the county though few historic fences remain on the county’s farms. One of the best examples of a historic fence is at the 1884 Cicero Pennington Farm (AH 153). The white-painted fence of narrow wood pickets encloses the domestic yard and includes a gate at the front walk. Fences encircling domestic yards tend to be picket or painted board fences. The decorative nature of domestic yard fences is in keeping with its dual role of ornament and protection of the yard, its plantings, and the house itself from damage by livestock.

    Some of the traits of the earlier log granaries were carried over into the later frame granaries like the one found at the Cicero Pennington Farm (AR 153). The Pennington granary has board and batten sheathing with diagonally-laid slats on each side and at part of the rear creating cribs that flanked a center aisle or work area. The slats, now covered with Masonite siding, allowed air to circulate, keeping the corn dry and free of mildew.

  8. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Land, water, and a fine vintage home, who could ask for more? Nice that this one comes with a documented history as well. It’s exactly the kind of property that could stay in one family for generations and would become “the old home place”. It just has that kind of charm that can’t be faked. I love that picket fence which brings the exterior view close to perfection.

  9. jennifer HT says: 785 comments

    The aerial makes it look very rural. The home and land are gorgeous though.

  10. Linda Campbell says: 1 comments

    I lived in Ashe County for 17 years and I know where this house is located. Lansing is about 45 minutes from Boone and one of the most beautiful places in NC. The people there are down home and very friendly. Wonderful place to live and raise kids!

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