Historic House Listings

Whoa! The infamous Charlie and Frankie Silver family home, Circa 1806 in NC mountains. $169,000

May 27, 2020

I have to say, I had never heard of Charlie and Frankie Silver before reading this listing. So I started googling and OH MY!!! Let me share the sordid details! Let me preface, they say this was the homeplace, but it’s where Charlie’s father lived and it has been in the Silver family since it was built! But the murder did not happen at this house, I don’t believe. Apparently Charlie came home late, back in 1831. Frankie, his wife, was irate. She murdered him, then dismembered him with an axe. It is believed that she burned him in the fireplace. She was arrested and hanged for his murder! The wording of the listing was a bit misleading, as this wasn’t the house where the murder happened. One article I was reading showed this cabin, but it was the home of Charlie’s father at the time of the murder. Because of the sensitive nature of the history, only serious inquiries will be allowed to tour the home. Just go google Charlie and Frankie Silver, you can read it all.

Having said all of that, this is thought to be the oldest two story log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains. The home has long range mountain views. It is constructed with hand hewn logs, bead board walls and ceilings. This home was built in the 1700’s. It is located on 1.48 acres in Bakersville, North Carolina. Three bedrooms, one bathroom, and 2,000 square feet. $169,000

Contact Peter Franklin: 828-766-7221

From the Zillow listing:


Own history and live legendary. The oldest standing livable two-story log cabin in this area of the Appalachian mountains, at the corner of old Kona Road & Gordon Silvers Road, lies the historic homeplace of the famous Frankie & Charlie Silver family- now for sale- a homeplace that has been in the same family for 245 years. Atop a beautiful meadow and long-range views, this hand-hewn square logs with dovetailing & chink-style corners are ready for your family and the care and restoration needed to make this a legacy for your family for the next 245 years! With slight work, this home could be move-in ready & restoration could be conducted while living there. Due to the historic nature of the home, serious inquires only.


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