Historic House Listings

Historic mountain cottage in North Carolina. Circa 1900. Two acres. $49,900

July 28, 2020

The McCoy cottage is one of the few surviving century old structures in the Little Tennessee River area. It is believed the McCoy family built this in 1900. It is located on 2.3 acres in Franklin, North Carolina. The property borders the conserved Needmore Game Lands guaranteeing it will remain in its current state. The home needs work, but it is listed at its appraised and tax value. Could be a great vacation spot! Three bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,370 square feet. $49,900

Contact Ted Alexander with Preservation North Carolina: 704-482-3531

From the Preservation North Carolina listing:


Step back in time and own a piece of the historic, pastoral Little Tennessee River Valley!
This quaint secluded mountain cottage, built along a small meandering stream and located close to the banks of the magnificent Little Tennessee River, is one of a dwindling number of early 20th century structures in the area. An outdoorsman paradise, this area is the premier small bass fishery in western North Carolina. According to local history the McCoy family built this house in the Etna Township around 1900. Its vernacular construction is typical of small mountain farm houses of the era. is approximately 1370 square foot with 3 bedrooms one bath a kitchen, and living room. The property borders the conserved Needmore Game Lands near the river, guaranteeing that it will remain basically in its natural state.


Historical and Architectural Information
The one and a half story house, side gable, single-piled dwelling with 3 bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen and living room has plain wood siding and is situated on approximately 2.3 acres surrounded by land protected by the Mainspring Conservation Trust and the protected gamelands. . It is one of the few turn of the century farmhouses remaining in the area. The house has a metal roof and a front porch facing the river that features turned posts and exposed rafter tails. There are several remaining outbuildings in somewhat deteriorated condition. The house was rented as a residence up to fairly recently and is up to very minimal standards of livability; however, it will need substantial rehab for today’s living standards. It would be possible to live in the house while doing rehab work, or work on weekends, etc. The water system is gravity fed from a spring on the property. A new well is recommended. Sewer is assumed by septic tank, but will likely need a new one. The larger portion of the northwest part of the front yard of the property lies within the floodplain of the Little Tennessee River. The house itself is outside of the floodplain. One of the few remaining DOT maintained metal and wooden footbridges in western NC is across the street and crosses over the river. The entire house and property is being offered at less than both the appraised market and tax values.


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