Historic House Listings

Governor Dudley Mansion, Circa 1825 in NC. Home to NC’s first Governor. $2,595,000

January 24, 2019

Oh my! The Governor Dudley Mansion was built in 1825 for the first Governor of North Carolina. It was later home to Pembroke and Sarah Jones, who many believe coined the term “keeping up with the Joneses”. Original details along with modern amenities are in this energy efficient and smart home. There is a large sunroom that overlooks the backyard gardens and the Cape Fear River. There are three floors of living space as well as a completed basement that offers 3,700 square feet. The third floor has a gentleman’s smoking room, a master’s suite and office as well as access to the 360 degree view observation deck on top of the mansion. There are original hardwood floors throughout the home. Located on .81 acres in Wilmington, North Carolina. Situated in the heart of Wilmington’s Downtown Historic District and at the start of the Wilmington River Walk. Six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and 10,000 square feet. $2,995,000 New price: $2,595,000

From the Zillow listing:


Your opportunity to own one of the most notable luxury estates in the South with incredible history. Recent architectural changes have made a functional use out of all 10,000 square feet. Original details balance harmoniously with modern amenities as it is completely energy efficient and a smart home. The Governor Dudley Mansion, built in 1825, was home to NC”s 1st elected governor & also owned by Pembroke & Sarah Jones who many suggest coined the term keeping up with the Joneses. Step into the grand entry hall leading to the sunroom overlooking the grounds & views of the Cape Fear River. The Dudley features 3 main living floors & basement accessible from the main house w/ 3,700 sq ft of completed living areas. 5 bedrooms, formal dining & livingrm, den, wetbar, gourmet kitchen, library, Gentleman”s smoking rm luxurious master suite, office and on the top floor is access to the rooftop”s observation deck with 360 views. Original hardwood floors throughout the entire home. Home is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Wilmington and at the start of the Wilmington River Walk.

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