Before I purchased my houses in Danville, Virginia, I considered purchasing this house. It’s such an important structure in town and a sign of the times in the 19th century. The Reynolds Tavern was built sometime in the early 1800’s. It is located in Warrenton, North Carolina. It is thought to be the home and workshop of cabinet maker, Thomas Reynolds. In the 19th century Warrenton had a huge boom and it was one of the wealthiest towns in North Carolina. The homeowners had very nice houses and wanted them to have the best cabinets and woodwork. The home will need extensive work, but it features a covered front porch, wide plank hardwood floors, wood walls, wood ceilings and original 9 over 9 sash windows. Warrenton is a great town! 1,290 square feet. $16,500
Contact Cathleen Turner with Preservation North Carolina: 919-401-8540 [email protected]
From the Preservation North Carolina listing:
Early house in charming Warrenton historic district and home of prominent cabinet-maker Thomas Reynolds! Just 1 hour from Raleigh and Durham and 2 hours from Richmond, VA.
The building will require a complete rehabilitation including structural/foundation work, restoration carpentry, and all new systems. Located in the Warrenton National Register District, the Thomas Reynolds House is eligible for tax credits. The Town of Warrenton offers revitalization and economic development incentives including the Revolving Loan Program, Downtown Redevelopment Incentive Grant, and Awning Program: www.warrenton.nc.gov/page/bus_home.
Architectural and Historical Information
The historic Thomas Reynolds House, locally known as the Reynolds Tavern, is an intriguing Boom Era house 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, modest scale dwellings and shops were built for 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 the 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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