1930 – Tryon, NC

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30 E Livingston St, Tryon, NC 28782

  • $95,000
  • 664 Sq Ft
Nina Simone`s Birthplace..A unique opportunity to own a piece of this famous singer/songwriter, activist's heritage. It is very much as it was in the days that Nina, (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) lived here as a child. Restoration began in 2006 with the main goal to protect & preserve in perpetuity her birthplace & to have it appear as close to original as possible. Listed as the #1 Threatened Property on "The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture, Inc."
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Cindy Viehman, Foothills Realty,
(828) 859-1255

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17 Comments on 1930 – Tryon, NC

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  1. StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Nina, you went a long way, baby!

  2. Anne M. says: 887 comments

    I hope someone is able to purchase & preserve it.

  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is one of the songs I have in my song list when posting houses (not that I strictly listen to this kind of music.) 🙂


    • Laurie W. says: 1736 comments

      Lotta heart in that song. Worth contacting NC preservation to see if they are aware of this. In addition to its special history, it is an appealing house. It would be too bad to see it restored to a point where it looked better than it ever had, which could be easy, and thus lose its old flavor.

    • Brosia says: 73 comments

      Thanks for sharing the link. I knew her name was familiar but wasn’t sure if I’d heard her music before. Great song!

  4. Victoria says: 134 comments

    Thanks for this, especially to Jim for his research. It’s painful to think that this house may be lost. Nina S., a national treasure.

  5. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Unfortunately I think the high price might discourage purchase and restoration — especially given the hurdles the house has already faced.

  6. Anne Hamilton says: 203 comments

    I am wondering why not one of the NC Preservation trusts, including the NC State Historic Preservation hasn’t stepped in to help preserve this???? Anybody have a clue or up in NC and could do some work to contact them? Sometimes they don’t even know when very historic properties become available or are in trouble. This happened just recently down here in SC.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Good question, I wondered that too.

      According to articles, The National Association for the Preservation of Afro-American History and Culture (I am not familiar with that organization) lists the Simone house as an urgent priority, but it is not clear whether any action is being taken.

  7. says: 33 comments

    Beautiful song “Feel Good”…great site for those looking for that special place! Would like to see more unusual buildings like schools and churches…thanks.

  8. abevy says: 327 comments

    One of the pictures shows outer wall as logs in one spot. Love washtub hanging on front porch. If contents are included price is not quite as bad. Lots to do! Good luck old house.

  9. Melody Koontz says: 48 comments

    I wonder how Nina felt about that house?

  10. JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
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    Article about the house and new owners – New York Times:


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