1917 Colonial Revival – Taylorsville, NC

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 12/6/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 61 Comments
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This home is still in the original family. Was built on the site of the original family home place that burned in 1908. House is the identical style and used many of the salvageable items from the original house. The builders name was T.C. Barnes. He built the house as a wedding present to his wife. He spent eight years hand selecting the lumber from his fathers saw mill for the houses construction. The home originally sat on 1700 acres and had a view of the town almost 3 miles away. Stunning blue ridge mountain views grace every floor to ceiling window. The ceilings are 10 ft on both floors with large 10ft. wide central hallways on both floors. The wrap around porch is almost 16 ft. deep and wraps from the family den around the house to the Dining room. On either side of the hall are the 2 parlors. The parlor on the right is the formal and passes through a butlers pantry into the dining room with built in china cabinet. At the rear of the center hallway is the rear, L shaped porch that connects to the family den and kitchen. There is a cellar accessible from the outside, along with a granary and barn. On the second floor are four very large 15x19 bedrooms, all with large cedar lined cosets. There is a fireplace in every room of the house, including the kitchen and large walk in pantry. The side porch has the coal Shute and window for the ice man. It opens into the kitchen pantry for easy storage of grocery items. The original well is under the rear porch and is accessed through a hatch in the porch floor. The original pulley still hangs from the ceiling. The attic is unfinished but has a stairwell entrance and three dormer windows. This room has great potential as it measures 40x40ft of usable space with ample headroom. The attic also has a soaring 25ft ceiling height in the center. To top it all of, this house still has a small servants stairwell going from the rear hall to the servants bedroom.
OHD Notes
Additional History...
This house has an interesting history. In 1933 the builder, Mr. Barnes, was shot and killed during a bank robbery. The four robbers were arrested in the county jail but that night after sunset a Lynch mob broke them out and drug them to Mr. Barnes's home 3 miles away. They hung the four robbers in the large oak in the front circle drive. The next morning the tree fell into the house and the bodies were removed. They were then dropped down the dry well at the back of the property and covered up. Interestingly enough this scandal made the paper, not the way it really happened though. Some very key people in society at that time were involved in the Lynch mob, including the man who owned the town paper and the police chief. For this reason the story that was publicly published did not include how the robbers had died, let alone where. The home sat vacant for 27 years until Mr. Barnes widow had died and then other relatives moved in. Mrs. Barnes letters describe in vivid detail the history of the home.
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61 Comments on 1917 Colonial Revival – Taylorsville, NC

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9132 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Pics are not in any particular order as going room-by-room.

    This is being sold by owner, please call at a reasonable hour and only if interested.

    It will need a new bathroom. The old one was a porch build-out, since removed.

    • Mark says: 1 comments

      I’m very interested. Looks like there is a sale pending. Let me know if that falls through.

  2. Audrey says: 99 comments

    Ummmmmm. WHOA!!! THAT’S SOME STORY!!!
    I want it cause what a house and look at that land for $50k… But the story is the absolute best part.

  3. Machelle sazama says: 1 comments

    I would like more information please

  4. Blake Shook says: 9 comments

    I am surprised at the amount of attention this listing has garnered. I have gotten the privilege to communicate with multiple callers this evening about the house. Thank you all so much for your dedication to historical preservation! I look forward to answering any questions you might have. I hope that you all have a very Happy Christmas Season! Hopefully a new family will bring a little Christmas spirit into an old home at Christmas time!

    Thank you again!
    The Bowman Family

  5. Tommy QTommy Q says: 447 comments

    So much to like here.

  6. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 824 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1947 Ranch

    This is a home that SHOULD be restored. It has a lovely, homey feel and with its history, it begs for someone to take it in hand. I really like the unflinching close up photos of the parts that need repair (roof, bricks that need re-pointing, for example). You can rest assured that would not scare off the likes of this group of old house lovers 🙂
    This could be a fantastic home.

  7. Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1108 comments

    Wow! I’m impressed with this house. It has such nice proportions and great room sizes. Great curb appeal as well. It looks as if the slate roof is intact on the main house, just a few loose slates. The lower porch roof looks as if it needs some attention but to have a roof a hundred years old shows the lasting effects of a slate roof, well worth repairing and not replacing.

    A big thank you to Blake for sharing his house with us here!

  8. Barbara Malek says: 1 comments

    Id love to bring this house back to life

  9. Danielle says: 1 comments


    Love this site!
    I checked multiple online listings and they stated this property sold.

  10. Michele P Pagan says: 73 comments

    This is a fabulous house, at a give-away price. What’s wrong here? Is this town a horrible place to live, or something like that? Amazing story, too!

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9132 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      No, that is not the reason.

    • Blake says: 9 comments

      No, not that I can think of. My family would just like to see it saved. We are more interested in the house than the money. That price is the amount needed to cover the construction loan on it from repairs we have had to do in the last year. Anything over that amount will be donated to a historical society.

      • Hope Nardone says: 1 comments

        Blake what is the address of that house? I never saw it listed in the details.

        • Kelly, Old House Dreams adminKelly, Old House Dreams admin says: 617 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I removed the address so people would not go looking at the house since its now sold.

  11. Heather Ruckman says: 6 comments

    WOW, If I could just pack up and move to NC I would in a heartbeat. What a beautiful home. It would be the greatest Christmas gift to myself.

  12. Tom Crowe-Garey says: 4 comments

    Oh, if ever there was a house that needed preserving, it would be this one! As a Veteran, it would be difficult for a VA Loan, but well worth trying. Lover of older homes, appreciative of others who love them just as much as I do! Now that story…I’m sold! Even if there was a way to preserve the home and create a ned and breakfast with the story luring others in. VERY successful chance of preserving this grand home. Yay!!

  13. KathyC says: 30 comments
    OHD Supporter

    wow-great house. While key areas would need immediate work (bathroom/kitchen) it would be fairly easy to get this in livable condition and do the rest of the work as you could. As long as I have a working bathroom and at least a semi-working kitchen, the remaining wouldn’t be bad. I restored a house in similar condition once before. It did take time, but it was worth it

  14. Barreleh says: 40 comments

    How refreshing to see a listing where there are also clear photos of the home’s imperfections. Back when I was house hunting, time and gas money would often be wasted looking at houses where the listing showed nothing but the home’s good points. When I’d get there, I’d see holes in the roof or a kitchen from hell or mold stink, etc. etc. etc. Even homes price the same as homes without all those down-sides.

  15. Mark Wood says: 33 comments

    OK. Since no one has asked about the proverbial “white elephant” in the room… er well… Are the four bodies STILL down the dry WELL???

    • JB says: 110 comments

      Hi, Mark. Perhaps Jimmy Hoffa was placed down there with them?!?! What a neat anthropology dig it could be! lol

    • Blake shook says: 9 comments

      No, my grandmother had the well dug up and the bodies were taken to the local cemetery in Wilkes county where the robbers family’s were from. She said they needed a proper burial. Thank you so much for asking.

  16. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9132 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Here’s the “other” story about what happened…


  17. Lee says: 1 comments

    I just looked this house up on Zillow and it says it was sold for 60,000 this past August after being listed for 174,000 in June! Hmmmm…

    Is it really up for sale again or is this an older Old Houses listing?

  18. blkbelt901 says: 20 comments

    What are those three white things on the blue wall? Originally I thought they were doorbells but then I saw they were on the inside. Are they light switches?

    • Blake shook says: 9 comments

      Those three white objects are the light switches that control the hall light and the porch lights. Most of the rooms have them and it is very rare for a home of this age to have light switches instead of jut pull cords

  19. Glorybe says: 146 comments

    Most fascinating story ever!
    I absolutely love all the blue & white. Wish it was in Western New York. Know it will be a wonderful Christmas gift for someone-Can picture it with a huge red bow…

  20. bob bingham says: 2 comments

    Hi , i am about to retire from building yachts here in south florida most of my adult life , and i am looking for a project . i like this because the initial price justifies the energy and cost involved in saveing this house . if it is too late to buy this one then i will keep looking .No job is to small for me ,it just has to be a realistic price to start with ,and location.

  21. JB says: 110 comments

    Bummer, already pending sale or I’d hustle an offer…hmmmmm bidding war? lol j/k Very interesting and lively history associated with the beautiful property. Tree and bodies falling onto the house; instant karma. For the listed price, someone appears to be getting an excellent deal even with any repairs that need to be addressed. Since it needs a new bathroom(s), my preference would lean towards building something period appropriate for the most part rather than building a completely modernized bathroom.

  22. Cheryl Ward says: 1 comments

    I would like be to be in touch with the family as a serious backup if pending sale falls apart. I have not seen their contact address to do so. Can you please give me their address? Thank you! I love this house and would give it the love it needs to
    Become a home again and full of love and life!

  23. MonChiChiPox says: 214 comments

    I knew this wasn’t staying on the market for very long. It’s magnificent. I’ve always been one to pry so I’m just wondering about the 50K price. It’s going to need some work but there is nothing too daunting about it. I’ve used an outhouse before while helping on a house. Plus being able to do the bathroom yourself from scratch is a great plus. It may seem strange but the bathroom is really one of the rooms I am the most picky about. This house just has everything including a back story.

    • Blake says: 9 comments

      My grandmother does not believe in making a profit off of history. She feels blessed to have lived her life at this house and see’s that as profit enough. The 50,000 is the amount we still owe on the construction loan for the house. Anything over will be donated in one form or another to help a local cause.

  24. tess says: 248 comments

    WOW! show a house on OHD and it’s sold the next day. That should make some realtors take notice. (just saying)

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9132 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’d agree with that! 😀

      • Justin says: 16 comments

        I called immediately when I saw it to make an offer but it was already sold. The owner is very nice and I much appreciated hearing her tell the story of the house. So sorry I missed it. It sold for good deal more than the asking price. Beautiful home!

  25. Warbon says: 116 comments

    It is a wonderful house that a family can make many cherished memories in. In my dreams I would re-do the kitchen in period cabinets and finishes and keep all the existing walls, ceiling and floor. The new bathroom would be the same, too. I don’t need to “live” in the bathroom and have all the modern “luxuries”. The landscaping is to die for. The family loved flowers and color. It makes a beautiful accessory to the house/property.

    • Blake says: 9 comments

      My grandmother certainly loved her flowers and blended in the landscaping are many rare species. Her favorite are the apples and peaches in the side orchard and the Rhubarb in the back field. My personal favorite would be the two Franklin trees witch smell like a mix between honey suckle and Wisteria. Or the rose garden at the rear driveway. The original kitchen only had one mounted cabinet and a Sellers standing cabinet, also was a pie safe. This comes with the house. The original windows for the kitchen are in the barn along with all of the window trim. Also the original wooden locking interior shutters and window screens come with the house. They are all in working order and just mount back in under the storm windows.

  26. L. Adams says: 61 comments

    Wow! That was quick! Fastest turnaround time I’ve seen for an OHD listed house – to go from for sale to pending/sold. Congratulations! I just hope if the story is true and there really are remains on the property, that they’re found and exhumed and given a proper burial. Nobody should be thrown out like trash, no matter what they did.

  27. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9132 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    And…SOLD! 😀

  28. Bethany Otto says: 2300 comments

    I’m thrilled for the owners to have sold their home so quickly, although it’s a shame whenever a house has to leave the family. But I’m also surprised at the number of people who don’t read the disclaimer and address Kelly as if she is the realtor. Sheesh 🙂

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9132 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      LOL I figured maybe people are so excited, they don’t read that part.

      • TXJewelTXJewel says: 235 comments
        1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
        Strawn, TX

        Kelly, I must compliment you on always being very patient and gracious with everyone.

        • Kelly, Old House Dreams adminKelly, Old House Dreams admin says: 617 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Lol I’m not always.

  29. GoddessOdd says: 354 comments

    this is the most beautiful house… if it weren’t so huge I would join the bidding war! I would rattle around it like a bean in a box, but isn’t she lovely? I was expecting her to need a lot more work, but wow! Impressive, and I hope the lucky buyer loves her as much as her current folks.

  30. KarenZ says: 753 comments
    OHD Supporter

    What a beautiful home with a great story to tell! I’m glad that it sold to someone that will love it. The owner is so friendly and is wonderful to answer the questions of members!

  31. LUCINDA L HOWARD says: 201 comments

    Wish the new owner would keep us posted.

  32. Frances D Adams says: 1 comments

    Beautiful home. I would loved to have seen it before all that amazing wood was painted..

  33. Dawn Marie says: 1 comments

    🎶 Nothing would be finer…
    than to be in Carolina, in the morning 🎶
    What a gem!

  34. Blake Shook says: 9 comments

    Sadly the new owner decided that they did not like the “antiquated interior”. They have since gutted the interior and all of the windows have been replaced with standard sized PVC. They also built in half of the front porch and they opened the floor plan. Now there is no center hallway. One very large room with two bathrooms, open kitchen and living. Staircase sort of just floats in the center of the room. The upstairs only has two bedrooms, as the other three have been turned into walk in resort style bathrooms and closets. Vinyl siding has covered the cedar and metal roofing covered the slate. another sad loss of history.

    I wish we could have kept the house some way.

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9132 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m sorry to hear that. I figured being who they were associated with, they would have known better.

    • goddessodd says: 354 comments

      A TRAGEDY! I have always wondered what is wrong with people who buy an old house, and remove every bit of history and charm. If you wanted a new house, wouldn’t it be cheaper, and easier and a lot less tragic to just buy a new house? Shame on them… shame shame shame

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