1885 – Mount Olive, NC – $179,900

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Added to OHD on 1/4/20   -   Last OHD Update: 6/17/20   -   8 Comments
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204 N Center St, Mount Olive, NC 28365

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  • $179,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 full, 2 half Bath
  • 3513 Sq Ft
HISTORIC FLOWERS-WOOTEN-HOLMES HOUSE listed on National Registry of Historic Places. This Italianate house designed by noted New Jersey Architect J.S.H. Appleget built in 1885 has been completely renovated/restored. An older cabin dating from the early 1800's, thought to be the oldest structure in Mt. Olive, was used as the kitchen and connects by a breezeway. Located on a prime downtown corner lot, the home is surrounded by lush historic landscaping planted by Mr. Holmes who founded the North Carolina Camellia Society. Flooring includes original heart pine, 1920 recovered tongue-in-groove oak, and 1880's tongue-in-groove oak from the old Northeast FW Baptist Church. New HVAC systems, new electrical, new plumbing, and new roof. 4 bedrooms per National Registry. Professionally measured.
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David Kornegay, Kornegay Realty
(919) 658-8611
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8 Comments on 1885 – Mount Olive, NC – $179,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12130 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    But they show the kitchen…at least a snippet of it. Nothing suspicious about it, some agents see old bathrooms that need updating and don’t bother taking a photo because they figure someone will update it anyway.

  2. JimHJimH says: 5257 comments
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    Local news release from 2014:
    “There have been lots of people over time express an interest in seeing the Flowers-Wooten-Holmes House,” Connie Wells said. “So we’re offering a free open house centered round a fundraising effort to support the Mount Olive Heart Walk.”
    The Italianate home was built in 1885, incorporating a cabin built by the [free black] Wynn family sometime in the 1830s or 1840s as the home’s kitchen. Today the Wynn room represents the oldest physical structure in Mount Olive, dating back to the days when the Wilmington-Weldon railroad was constructed in the area. The home anchors the town’s historic district, created in 1999, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
    Ms. Wells and her husband Gene Lilley purchased the house in 2007 to save it from demolition, and they have steadily made structural and other major repairs to the house over the years. The couple is working with Preservation North Carolina for guidance on the repairs and for help promoting the house to potential buyers.

    NRHP nomination for the Mount Olive Historic District, 1999:
    204 N. Center; ca. 1875; Flowers-Wooten-Holmes House
    Two-story, Italianate, frame house with weatherboard siding, interior brick chimneys, and an asphalt-shingled side-gable roof with a gabled front wing. Italianate features include a pronounced bracketed cornice with returns and, secondarily, the low pitch of the gable roof. The wraparound one-story hipped porch, also with bracketed cornice, is supported by tapered and fluted square wood columns. Other features include a front bay window, gable vergeboards, 2/2
    windows, and a front entry with a transom, double-leaf doors with round-arched glass panels, and old screen doors. The large landscaped lot is bordered by brick walls. According to local tradition, the house was designed for the Flowers family by architect G. S. A. Appleget and was built on property purchased from the Winn family in the 1840s. Robert C. Williams owned the house after the Flowers family, and it was occupied by his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth (Bessie) and Richard Wooten. Elizabeth and Richard’s daughter Alice Elizabeth married Robert Holmes II in 1928 and the couple lived with the widowed Bessie Wooten.

    It’s an interesting coincidence that flooring from the old Freewill Baptist Church was used in the restoration here. This black church was founded in 1865 by Rev. Charles Winn (1812-1892), who likely grew up in the old cabin later used as the kitchen for the 1885 house. The Winn family settled in the free black community here in the early 1800’s and sold the land to the railroad on which much of Mount Olive was built.

  3. cheryl plato says: 174 comments

    I lived in Mount Olive for 4 years and loved it. We had a lovely old house in town. I so enjoyed riding around on my bicycle looking at all the pretty old homes. People are super nice too. Its downtown was great also.

  4. Lissie says: 236 comments

    Lovely house, I would not change a thing.

  5. Glynn says: 26 comments

    I like the white/Wedgwood color scheme.

  6. Teri says: 129 comments

    As a previous NC resident, I should point out that the blue paint is very “Tarheel Blue” and might not sit well with any Duke or NC State fans…they might be driven to repaint. Also for those who don’t know, Mt. Olive is where Mount Olive pickles are made and they’re terrific!

  7. MichaelMichael says: 2848 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Quite a charming looking house. I like the way the windows come all the way down to the baseboards. The exterior looks fairly intact and in good shape. I might pick some other colors to highlight all the great details on the exterior that don’t get noticed as well in the white paint scheme and it does have some great details!


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