1850 – Edenton, NC – $1,975,000

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National Register
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Added to OHD on 10/21/18   -   Last OHD Update: 10/21/18   -   23 Comments
120 W King St, Edenton, NC 27932

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"Wessington is one of the most magnificent antebellum residences in North Carolina” writes Thomas Butchko, author of EDENTON An Architectural Portrait. Built in 1850, this home is three stories plus a fully renovated basement. Distinctive exterior features include a full-length double-tier portico, 9’ French doors opening to ornate iron balconies, and four massive chimneys bordering a roof top “widows walk”. The walls of the home are 18” thick and the foundation is solid slabs of granite. The interior is equally impressive with three 12’x50’ center halls, 15’ ceilings on the first floor, original plaster ceiling moldings and chandeliers, 10’ four panel doors, marble mantels and 15 fireplaces.

After being in the family for generations, Wessington was purchased in 2008. While preserving the beauty and grandeur of the original home, it has been totally renovated with up to date amenities and custom energy efficient utilities What was once a utilitarian English basement is now a bedroom with full bath, recreation room with kitchenette, media room, and large laundry…all with fireplaces. This level offers the option of independent living, and the ground level entry with an elevator servicing three floors makes the home handicapped accessible.

The main level of the home features a formal parlor, dining room, small parlor, library and a large newly renovated catering kitchen. Complete with fireplace and butler’s pantry, the kitchen complements the warm sophistication of the home yet easily accommodates the needs for entertaining on a grand scale.

Upstairs, west of the center hall is the master suite with a large dressing room and master bath. There are two other bedrooms with private baths and an office/studio. The third floor is accessed by the same impressive stairway, has the same wide center hall and 4 additional multipurpose rooms.

Outside, the home is framed by historic trees and landscaping. Gardeners will delight in the walk out gardening area under the front porch. Interesting features of the grounds include the cistern and the old smokehouse which now houses the impressive utility systems for the home including the geothermal HVAC, elevator hydraulics and other utilities.

Wessington is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This landmark impeccably restored home is conveniently located only one block from downtown in the heart of Edenton’s Historic District with views of Edenton Bay. It is now being offered significantly below tax value.
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23 Comments on 1850 – Edenton, NC – $1,975,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9815 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent, Ann Perry, for giving us a peek into this gorgeous home.

    I’ve linked to the National Register form and the Library of Congress up top. The LoC has photos taken in 1958 including interior photos.

  2. AvatarNeness says: 45 comments

    A great house in an exquisite little town with fabulous water views which, despite being surrounded by much more classical houses, was long my favorite there. Pembroke Hall, another earlier and beautiful family house seen in one of the pictures, is right across the street. I must admit that I preferred the house before the thorough restoration as it lost that southern mystery and decadence. The asking price is good considering what was spent on the renovation.

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 4338 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Sure wish I could be critical of this one for a variety of reasons. Fail…

    Glad to see this one is still with us to conversely showcase fine architecture and brickwork to be found in Edenton :

  4. AvatarLaurie W. says: 1536 comments
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    1988 Fake Greek Revival!

    Extremely pretty house; the entry hall is impressive. It’s hard to tell how much is new, but the rooms seem unusually large for Victorian architecture. Could be because the house has Victorian decorative elements without the smothering clutter of them usually found in buildings of this vintage. I find that a big plus.

  5. AvatarApril says: 18 comments

    Everything about this house is to die for! Whoever staged it showed off the features beautifully.

  6. AvatarMW says: 695 comments

    Whow, well ok then. Maybe a little too modernized for my tastes, but looks very well done to a high standard.

    Looks like am exceptionally nice, charming, and friendly neighborhood:

  7. JimHJimH says: 4022 comments
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    A Villa in the French Style, design XX from William H. Ranlett’s pattern book of 1849. Instead of Ranlett’s porches all around, the 2-story porch was built to allow a view of the bay. The rear addition is later. Originally stuccoed to imitate stone. The wrought iron is original according to the NRHP report.

    Built for Dr. Thomas D. Warren (1817-1878) and his 2nd wife Margaret Lavinia Coffield, who married at 15, had 4 children and died at 26.


  8. AvatarRick says: 12 comments

    WOW that’s all I can say. Very elegant and high class. This is the main reason I love old house buildings.

  9. LisaSLisaS says: 26 comments
    1950 Craftsman

    Pretty place, looks like a place for gatherings. Whats the 3rd to the last photo of?

  10. AvatarHazel Hayes says: 46 comments

    This home is palatial. It appears to be surrounded by a neighborhood of other beautiful historic houses. It is magnificent, really.

    Perhaps not all that oddly, I am reminded of Elsie de Wolfe’s Villa Trianon.

    The interior, though not of the period, is impeccably appointed and the restrained use of red accents, especially the pair of lampshades in the hall and then a garden seat tucked beneath a mantle, give a quick element of surprise that refines it all in a fun way.

    And an elevator to boot. Great place for the litter box!

  11. AvatarBill C says: 3 comments

    A Spring retreat for the Mega Millions winner! Just spectacular.

  12. Avatarbernd says: 28 comments

    I walked by this home when I was in Edenton a couple of months ago. Very impressive up close!

  13. AvatarKarenZ says: 874 comments
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    Holy cow! This incredible house was build to withstand ANYTHING! Eighteen inch thick walls? Unbelievable. I just love the sheer size of the rooms! And, that “lace” on the balconies! I could go on and on!

  14. Avatardkzody says: 280 comments

    This house appears to have a kitchen that matches the type of life that would be lived here–lots of entertaining, lots of formal meals, lots of staff to oversee it all.

  15. AvatarMazamaGrammy says: 361 comments

    Exquisite! Reminds me of Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana. I’d love to live in a place like this. Obviously requires a large live-in staff. Would be fabulous B&B or retreat center if one didn’t have the wherewithal to hire a staff without turning the home into a commercial enterprise.

  16. Avatarkim says: 6 comments
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    Newnan, GA

    What a dream! Beautiful restorations. Love that kitchen and those hardwood floors.

  17. Avatarmonte says: 1 comments

    I wonder what the original lighting would have been like?

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