c. 1890 Folk Victorian – Siler City, NC – $120,000

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1875 Elmer Moore Rd, Siler City, NC 27344

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  • $120,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3770 Sq Ft
  • 9 Ac.
A marvelous historic treasure waiting to be reborn! Built for Bonlee co-founder Isaac Dunlap in the late 1800s, this grand house has retained nearly every piece of trim, hardware, stunning multicolored glass sashes & original doors. Just chek out the pictures! At 3, 770sqft with porches on both levels, there's so much potential & options to explore. Sits on 9 acres with a large pond and outbuildings. Come see this one! Showings by Appt only! Contact Ken Tunnell 919.291-5245 or Ken@WeaverStreetRealty.com
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26 Comments on c. 1890 Folk Victorian – Siler City, NC – $120,000

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  1. AvatarZann says: 532 comments
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    1940 Cottage
    Mobile, AL

    This house is SO COOL.

    Granted, there is something about it that reminds me a little of those 80’s horror slasher flicks that take place at some old summer camp in the woods, but that just means it has character.

    Love the original details and the airy quality. There is nothing suffocating about those rooms or the halls. Also LOVE that upstairs porch and the fireplace in the entry way. Whoever buys this is going to have so much fun.

    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2656 comments
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      Escondido, CA

      My thoughts exactly. I can’t believe people actually get to live in places like this.

    • AvatarRay says: 172 comments
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      1958 prarie, or mid century
      Escondido, CA

      I like to thing that the residents would be surrounded by friendly ghosts, and spirites. They may have some suggestions on possible restoration activities, and perhaps the location of some treasures within or on the grounds.

  2. MichaelMichael says: 1304 comments

    Lots of great details and it looks in good shape, thanks to the fact of a metal roof on the house. I would have loved to see them pick a more period appropriate profile for the metal roof though. Still, it’s probably the reason the house is in as good a shape as it is! Would the walls have had any sort of covering or are we looking at the finished walls?

  3. dRbdRb says: 29 comments
    shreveport, LA

    I really like this one, maybe because it does look like something from a horror movie. I have always liked the ‘faded glory’ look, as long as it’s cleaned up and rat free. The land alone should sell this one. It is just a few miles from the home Francis Bavier (Aunt Bee) retired to when she left Hollywood. It is at 503 W. Elk St.

  4. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA,

    Can someone explain to me why many of these southern homes have all these wood walls and ceilings? That truly doesn’t exist here in Pennsylvania. Was there something that discouraged the use of plaster?

    • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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      I’ve seen two reasons given. One, that there weren’t many professional plasterers, especially in rural areas of the south. And secondly, that pine planks and beadboard were available everywhere and very inexpensive. They could be put up quickly and without delay by unskilled laborers. It makes sense, and I wonder why wood plank walls weren’t more common in northern states also.

    • AvatarLesFossel says: 86 comments
      1815 Cape

      From my experience in New England, plaster versus boarding had much to to with the cost and availability of materials. Early New England houses were primarily boarded since pine boarding was readily available and lime plaster was both difficult to obtain and expensive. Once the lime kilns got going and the forests were cut down the equation reversed.
      The very thin early mortar joints were both the result of cost and slow setting time of lime mortars. Some early bricks tapered to the rear so the face of the brick could essentially be supported by the face of the bricks beneath it. Clay mortars were used as a substitute for lime mortars below the roof lines. Old hearths were bedded in mortar (mostly clay mortar), but had no mortar between the bricks. The fashion of painting early fireboxes red or black may have had much to do with keeping the clay mortars from eroding. The reverse was also true – very expensive early houses sometimes specified stuccoing the chimney above the roof as a sign of wealth.
      Foundations used as little lime mortar between the stones as possible – thus the appearance of early houses hugging the ground, especially when they couldn’t afford cut granite capstones.
      I’d be interested in the availability and cost of lime plaster in the portions of the South where interior boarded surfaces are common. I don’t think it had much to do with plasterers not being available. Plastering walls does not require a lot of skill to do an adequate job that will last for decades – though eventually the keys give way and the plaster crumbles if not done right. Ceilings are much harder to do. I wonder if boarded ceilings are more common than boarded walls in the rural South?
      Les Fossel

      • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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        I think we’re talking apples and oranges. Your comments about early lime plaster walls are undoubtedly true, and no great skill was required to create a rough finish over stone or brick.
        I think the question referred to late Victorian and later homes where the options were gypsum plaster over lath vs. pine planking or beadboard. The cost and availability of the skilled labor required to finish the plaster walls was certainly a factor, as was the relatively cheap and plentiful supply of pine boards.

    • AvatarRay says: 172 comments
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      1958 prarie, or mid century
      Escondido, CA

      My guess is, it would be easier and cheaper to let the carpenters continue with the project rather than bring in an outside trade. Time wise: by the time you installed the lath and grounds for the plastering you could just board up, the interiors and you’re done.

    • AvatarScottyP says: 20 comments
      1843 Vernacular Greek Reviv
      Lithonia, GA

      Our house, just outside of Atlanta and built in 1843, has an all-pine interior – floors, ceilings, walls. The pine, old growth, was cut on the property and milled nearby. Some of the boards are up to 22″ wide. And some boards match side-to-side so they were stacked at the mill and nailed consecutively. It has never had one lick of paint inside, thank goodness, mostly because the family was so poor. Simple yoemen farmers who owned the house and land. No electricity and no water until 1989. I know that the materials were free and, in comparison, plaster would have been completely extravagant, at least for the family that owned our house for 160 years. I’m so glad they were too poor to buy paint!

  5. AvatarItisme says: 7 comments
    1942 Tudor
    El Dorado, KS

    Thanks for asking that Lancaster John!
    I have always wondered that too!
    I am in Kansas and have seen some of this while showing homes but mostly only in upstairs rooms.
    Watching some of the home improvement shows…like in Galveston, all the homes they have done on that show are also like this.

  6. Avatarpeeweebc says: 856 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    This is so perfect. A big ol’ family farm. I bet 5-6 kids running around, mom & dad and maybe grandpa and grandma, supper at the table every night oh how fun! This farm and house are to die for.

    • AvatarRay says: 172 comments
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      1958 prarie, or mid century
      Escondido, CA

      🙂 makes me wanna adopt 9 or 10 and go for it. But age is the problem, (mine).

  7. Avataraugman says: 39 comments
    1978 Traditional Colonial

    This is such a great house everywhere you look! When you do a satellite view, you can see clusters of poultry battery cage buidings everywhere you look, too, indicating poultry farming on a massive scale all around. Perfect rehab project for an executive in the poultry business!

    • AvatarJonus says: 7 comments
      1950 Ranch

      Poultry farming is big business in the area. Mountaire Farms just opened a $170,000,000 processing facility on the east side of Siler City. In the aerials near the house you can see the abandoned feed mill that once belonged to Townsend.

  8. AvatarFanshaweGirl says: 426 comments

    That green fireplace!

    Let me get my leaf blower for the outside, and a mop for the inside.
    Lots of room to spread out here. I’d like to see the basement and attic.

  9. CandyCandy says: 138 comments
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    Carpentersville, IL

    I never expected to like this house but I’m pleasantly surprised!

  10. AvatarCate says: 179 comments
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    Milwaukee, WI

    I just read where a category 1 tornado touched down in Siler City. Hope everyone is ok.

    • AvatarJonus says: 7 comments
      1950 Ranch

      Fortunately no one was hurt. It damaged a few homes and knocked some trees down about a half mile northwest of Siler City.

  11. AvatarWinne says: 16 comments
    1930 Greensboro, NC

    If a good plasterer was as expensive and hard to find then as they are now, I’m sure that’s why they used wood. My great-grandparents house in downtown Charlotte had plaster walls and ceilings. It was a lovely big old house and had a pasture behind it. They lived three blocks off Tryon Street (the main street) so you can imagine how small Charlotte was then (the 1890’s). It had a carriage room downstairs that they turned into a garage when autos came along. The summer cottage in the mountains had beaverboard walls and beadboard ceilings when my great grandfather bought it in the ’20s. Even the fancy hotels there had wooden walls in the guest rooms and pine paneling in the public rooms. The hotels were covered outside in bark shingles as was our cottage. Siler City is a lovely little town but I doubt they had the craftsmen needed to do plaster when the house was built.

    • AvatarRay says: 172 comments
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      1958 prarie, or mid century
      Escondido, CA

      Sounds nice: the wood though, is perfect for me. Will need a crew. w. sandpaper dust masks, heat guns, and paint stripper. It would be like living on the inside of a big jewel box.

  12. AvatarJonus says: 7 comments
    1950 Ranch

    This house was built by Isaac Dunlap. Isaac was the driving force for the development of Bonlee prior to the depression. He was the first mayor of Bonlee, opened the Bonlee Bank, and was part owner of the Bonlee and western railroad with his brother John. Isaac and John built the largest homes in this small community, John’s house is located on Bonlee school road across from the elementary school. In regards to the questions about the wood versus plaster, this home as well as many of the homes that the Dunlap brothers built in the area were built of wood both inside and out due to the fact that John owned the largest lumber yard in the county at the time. For those interested in wooden interiors the Bonlee baptist church which was built by the brothers is quite stunning for its simple wooden interior which is still intact, some pictures can be found online. For those curious about this house it was owned by Isaac and his descendants until the early 1980’s and since has only had two owners.

  13. AvatarNdncindra says: 4 comments
    1915 Craftsman
    Palm Springs, CA

    Almost makes me want to move east ! I absolutely LOVE it……the land and pond are a plus for me..

  14. AvatarAJ Davis says: 74 comments
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    1850 Italianate, classical
    New Haven, CT

    What I understand, and perhaps incorrectly, about the use of wood versus plaster in southern as opposed to northern homes is that a number of variables were involved. First, my understanding is that plaster and later lathe and plaster walls were in fact expensive and required significant skill from the craftsmen who made them. Several different layers of plaster preceded the final coat, so it was quite labor intensive and required a lot of knowledge on the part of the plasterer to be able to formulate each successive layer of plaster to make the whole process succeed. Until there was sufficient demand (i.e., a critical mass of relatively wealthy people in a community), frontier settlements often could not support a plasterer. In the south, which was more agrarian and the population more dispersed than in the north, there were far fewer towns and cities, and the ability to attract a plasterer was therefore weakened relative to the north. The post-Revolutionary War south developed westward with often relatively poor immigrant farmers from Europe as well as the US seeking inexpensive or free land. They first lived in log cabins, then covered their cabins in sawn boards, both inside and out, as they became more affluent and could afford to do so, and eventually moved on, when money permitted, to building frame houses. Also, because economic success and thus status in the south were very dependent on how many slaves one owned rather than on material possessions, such as a fine house, southerners were more inclined to invest their money in purchasing more slaves to increase their profits than they were in their own housing, until they became relatively wealthy. Many also expected to move further west eventually, particularly if they grew tobacco which exhausted the soil very quickly, and expected that their homes were only going to be relatively temporary anyway. Antebellum travelers from Europe and the north commented in their writings on how seemingly wretchedly even wealthy plantations owners often lived and the fact that purchasing slaves with their profits was their priority over just about everything else. One traveler, for example, noted that he saw numerous rosewood pianos in floorless log cabins in the south because the farmers and plantation owners living in them wanted their daughters to be cultivated women desirable as marriage partners, but did not see their residences as particularly important in their worldly, status-driven undertakings. So, all in all, a variety of factors went into how greatly southerners valued relative luxuries like plaster walls over equally functional sawn boards. It thus just became more culturally normative for southerners to live with board walls rather than plastered ones until much later in time than was the case in the north.

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