1858 Gothic Revival – Tarboro, NC

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411 E Wilson St, Tarboro, NC 27886

  • $25,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 0.28 Ac.
Beautiful home in the historic district in need of remodeling. 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 baths - one has not been finished - hardwood floors, porch, corner lot, spacious rooms and built ins. Great price.
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Donna Dew, Century 21 The Combs Co,
(252) 937-2121

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m sure someone will find us the correct build date. 🙂

    • Tommy G says: 43 comments

      Carpenter Gothic without pointed arch windows or Italianate influence. Stumps me.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Gothic Revivals don’t have to have arched (or pointed) windows to be Gothic Revivals. The pointed window crowns, board-and-batten siding, decorative gable trim, steeply pitched roof and porch design all point to Gothic Revival.

        I’m guessing this is somewhere between late 1840’s to early 1860’s but a nearer build date I don’t know.

        • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
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          There’s a FB page with a few photos which calls the house “Oubliette” and says it was built in 1858 for William A. Jones. I found the Colonel, though the NRHP report has different info and a later date:
          https://www.facebook.com/pg/WilliamAJonesHouseOubliette/
          https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=72516029

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          I think it’s likely to be from the 1850’s or a bit later. (not a lot of house construction was going on immediately after the end of the Civil War in the South) The exterior details are classic Carpenter or Vernacular interpretation of the Gothic Revival cottage in wood. It appears all of the original exterior decorative details remain intact. Some more period friendly colors and pattern choices in the interior would make it more sympathetic to the period. It rare to find such an old house so intact and unaltered. The archway is probably a later change inside and it would be nice to see the newel post but this house would make more purists happy. Citing the bargain price is the icing on the cake. Someone needs to make this scarce Gothic survivor shine again. Sorry to disagree with the listing-this house does not need to be “remodeled” to look its best.

    • Ray says: 199 comments

      I did a drive by around the block using street view. The situation on the corner and the lot going back to the next street offers a lot of privacy.

  2. Wendy says: 65 comments

    Sweet. That table in the kitchen with the metal top– I had one just like it once….

  3. Ross says: 2469 comments

    $35K?

    For THIS?

    Golly. The price seems a steal.

  4. Eric says: 395 comments

    What great potential at a bargain price. With correct siding and interior restorations this could be a really nice house.

  5. tess says: 303 comments

    Good deal, looks like you can move right in with just a little TLC. A school across the street and a Head Start nearby. In the 200 block there is a huge park. Noticed Google has this listed as 464 E. Wilson not the 411 Wilson on here. Did the Great Google make a mistake???

  6. Carl says: 3 comments

    Be sure and check flood zone maps. Tarboro, sadly, does occasionally go underwater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIalEw_jBIw
    This house looks like it was safe in 2016.

  7. CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

    This charming Carpenter Gothic style cottage is said to be the last remaining Gothic Revival style house in Tarboro. Called the William A. Jones House, it appears to have been built in either 1858 or 1859 depending on what source you want to believe.

    Pre-restoration pic:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/edgecombeplanter/5523998682/

    Facebook page with a little info…
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/WilliamAJonesHouseOubliette/about/?ref=page_internal

  8. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    Great price for great place, hope it finds a new owner to finish it. I like the size, not too big not too small.

  9. Lori says: 113 comments

    This house has made me look at all the Tarboro historical houses currently for sale today. This town with a viable downtown area within walking distance of the historic district has been on my shortlist for awhile…can’t get this little gem out of my mind.

    • Teri W says: 136 comments

      When I lived in NC and was a sales rep there I had a few customers in Tarboro. I liked going there, cute little place, and not too bad of a drive to Raleigh or to the Outer Banks. It does flood though, for any address I’d learn more about that. Ask about if the house was hit by any of the major storms of the last 15-20 years (I know Floyd was bad for that area, and I lived there when Fran caused a lot of damage, but there were other bad storms too..the nearby town of Princeville was sadly decimated twice in the last 20 years).

  10. Ray says: 199 comments

    nice one, not my color scheme, but picturesque drama.

  11. GoddessOdd says: 331 comments

    I have always wanted an Oubliette, and my workplace has adamantly refused to let me construct one. This looks to be in much better nick than I thought it would be. I am very curious about what lies underneath the interesting carpet, and I hope the metal topped table goes with the house. Lovely little home with some TLC and elbow grease, and the price can’t be beat. Is there any work in Tarboro?

    • Teri W says: 136 comments

      When I lived in Raleigh, I used to travel the eastern part of NC, including Tarboro. At the time, there really wasn’t much work, and I don’t know if that has changed. However, Wake county (where Raleigh is) has grown exponentially and thus the outskirts of the area are building up rapidly. I guess it’s possible that there could be viable places of employment that are setting up shop east of Wake county, and might be pushing close enough to make the commute in from Rocky Mount/Tarboro more reasonable. But I don’t know for sure.

  12. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Here is a little video about Tarboro. I want to move now!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKBuFrBNv6Q

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Cool, thanks for sharing that video. I wish more cities would post those kinds of videos even if just to get a look at the town and listen to locals talk about it.

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