Historic House Listings

“Rick Dixon”, Mitchell Mill, Circa 1900. Over three acres in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. $747,500

September 27, 2020

This would be a dream to own! The Rick Dixon mill was built in 1900. It is located on 3.5 acres in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This mill sat abandoned for many years when the current owner purchased it in 1985. They did a full restoration and then converted it into a private residence. A high yield artesian well supplies water to the home. There are views of the water wheel and the waterfall from the family room. There is an attached garage and a bonus room that is not included in the square footage. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 2,700 square feet. $747,500

From the Zillow listing:


SEE SHORT YOUTUBE VIDEOS- ‘Rick Dixon’ c.1900 grist & flour mill on the Little Hunting Creek in Southeast Wilkes County re-purposed as a 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath, post and beam residence – Mitchell Mill (Sheriff Mitchell Mill). Pentecost Generator Video. After decades of sitting abandoned, the mill building and 3.5 acre site was purchased by the current owners in September of 1985. Reconstruction as a residence by the owners began shortly thereafter and has continue on and off for more than two decades. In 1985, a water well was drilled to supply the house. After a week of drilling and 750ft later, a rare, high-yield artesian water source was hit. Research by a US Geological Survey Team in 1986 determined that pressurized water was emanating from an aquifer of some size through a crack at the bottom of the bore hole. The free flow volume out of the 6″ casing was estimated to be 342 gallons per minute. Twenty-five years later, the well still holds the same pressure on the domestic water supply requiring no pump and supplying thermal energy for the water-source heat pump. In 2006, an attached garage and upstairs bonus room were added to the east side of the original structure (not included in the heated square footage). A secondary main entrance to the building enters from the upper circular driveway into the second floor bonus room via a raised walkway. Currently are 5-bedrooms and 3.5 baths. An additional dressing room on the top floor and the large bonus room over the garage are currently unfinished. In late 2018, a den on the lowest level was added to directly view the waterwheel and waterfall at eye level. The front of the house faces almost south (178 degrees) and with the expanse of windows and solar panels, take advantage of natural energy. A solar/wood central heating and hot water system complement the geothermal (water-source) heat pump for heating and cooling for approximately 2700 sq. ft. of heated space.


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