Historic House Listings

Reynold’s Tavern. $20,000! Circa 1800’s in NC. Home of prominent cabinet maker.

July 16, 2018

This is a true fixer upper, but the history makes it so worthy of someone to save it. Located in the historic town of Warrenton, North Carolina. It was home of prominent cabinet maker, Thomas Reynolds. Serving as his private residence, it is believed to have also been a tavern at some point. He arrived in Warrenton in 1804 and immediately advertised for an apprentice. During that time period Warrenton was known as a very wealthy area and his business was probably very successful. In 1833 he advertised again for another apprentice. The back of the house shows this was probably built in the early 19th century. It has a stone foundation, roof dormers and 9 over 9 window sashes. 1,290 square feet. $20,000

From the Preservation North Carolina listing:


Architectural and Historical Information
This intriguing Boom Era house is thought to have been the home of prominent cabinet-maker Thomas Reynolds who came to Warrenton in 1804. Warren County’s economic success created a wealthy planter class with cosmopolitan tastes drawing several professionals and tradesman to Warrenton in the early 19th century. Alongside the impressive high style town houses were built the modest scale dwellings and shops of the merchants, professionals and tradesmen who catered to them. Thomas Reynolds was among the many craftsmen who arrived from Petersburg, Virginia and within months was advertising for an apprentice. His location on Bragg Street near Market Street would have put him right next to the bustling activity of Main Street on busy postal routes from Petersburg and the Halifax and Salisbury lines. He continued to run a successful business advertising again as late as 1833 for another apprentice. In recent years research indicated that the structure may have served as a tavern, however it appears as a residential dwelling in the 1896 Sanborn Map.
Though the front elevation and first floor have been remodeled over the years, the rear elevation exhibits much of its early character. Interior and exterior early 19th century features include stone foundation, roof dormers, winder stair, 9-over-9 sash windows, door and window surrounds, boxed eaves, flush gable ends, and large stuccoed center chimney. The second floor retains early wide wood floors and views of the mortise-and-tenon construction.

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