June 22, 2018

Preservation Personals: Find Grandmotherly Comfort at a Waterfront North Carolina Gothic Revival

  • By: Nicholas Som

Grandmothers are often patient, wise, and welcoming, so being named after one certainly adds a bit of pressure. But with my window-filled interior, cozy sitting room, and abundance of outdoor space, I believe I meet those expectations!

Located in Edenton, North Carolina, I’m a Gothic Revival-style structure named the Granny Bond House after one of my first owners, Emma Hudgins. Completed in 1871, I was a wedding gift for the newly married Hudgins and Henry A. Bond, Jr. The two were beloved for decades in their local community—Bond was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and Hudgins worked as an organist at a nearby church. I remained in their family for nearly a century, and it’s been a true pleasure to watch generations of Bonds grow up and leave the nest. But change always comes if you wait long enough, and now I’m looking for new stewards who appreciate my history as well as my many features, architectural and otherwise.

What kinds of features? For starters, check out my 570-square-foot veranda, which wraps around my exterior. Its balusters and bargeboards are decorated with fleur-de-lis patterns, and it is the perfect spot to enjoy some fresh air in shaded comfort. Inside, I offer four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. You’ll be greeted upon entering by a double-arched center T-hall, then my parlor with pocket doors soon after. My aforementioned sitting room boasts a wood-burning fireplace, and my eat-in kitchen is fully updated with custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.

However, not all of my charm is reserved for my interior. Outside, my gated courtyard offers 3,100 square feet of space to garden, entertain, or simply relax. And don’t forget my versatile guest cottage—lease it out for an extra income stream, or enjoy it as a second living room or family game room.

Whether you’re looking for a vacation getaway or a full-time residence, I make an excellent choice. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of a North Carolina Gothic Revival.

photo by: John Dowd

Edenton, NC 27932.

The veranda of a North Carolina Gothic Revival.

photo by: John Dowd

Kick back and relax on my wrap-around veranda.

The kitchen of a North Carolina Gothic Revival.

photo by: John Dowd

My eat-in kitchen has enough space to fit in floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and a small nook for my washer and dryer.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

nsom@savingplaces.org

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