Historic House Listings

The Details! This could be a stunner! The Dunning House, Circa 1880 in North Carolina. $49,000

September 13, 2021

This house has so much potential! That bead board is gorgeous! The R. J. and Lizzie Dunning House was built in 1880. It is located on .468 acres in Aulander, North Carolina. The home was very integral in the history of Aulander. The home was built for R. J. Dunning, the grandson of Sam Dunning who was one of the original land grant holders of that area. It was originally the Harmon’s Crossroads area. The town was renamed Aulander in 1885 by the Dunnings. The bead board in the center hall is gorgeous! There are hand carved mantels, original hardwood floors, wainscoting and a beautiful front door with sidelights. The home does need a complete rehabilitation. 1,930 square feet. $62,500 New Price: $49,000

Contact Maggie Gregg with Preservation North Carolina: 252-563-5288

From the Preservation North Carolina listing:


Architectural and Historical Information

The R. J. and Lizzie Dunning House (c. 1880) was built for R. J. Dunning, grandson of Sam Dunning, one of two original land grant holders of the area that became known as Harmon’s Crossroads, and brother of Andrew Dunning, who renamed the town Aulander in 1885 when it was incorporated. The house is integral to the history of the Town of Aulander.

A two-story, three-bay side gable home comprise the main structure. A later ell has been lost, but the chimney from this section remains at the rear of the house. The buyer might choose to build an addition to the rear of the house to replace a demolished ell. The current front porch is a later alteration, creating the existing wrap-around porch.

Interior features include unique diagonal and herringbone beadboard sheathing in the central hall and front parlor, baseboard, six original mantels, heart pine floor, and a beautiful dog leg stair with delicate carved carriage. The original front top-arched-panel door with transom and sidelights has been stripped back to its original wood. The house’s exterior has been painted, highlighting the boxed cornice and paneled pilaster corner boards.

Although some work has been started, the property requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems (plumbing, electrical, and HVAC), updates and/or reconfiguration of the existing kitchen and baths, repair to the front porch roof and flooring, and carpentry and cosmetic repairs. The buyer will likely wish to build an addition to the rear of the house to replace the original ell section.

Area Information

The R. J. and Lizzie Dunning House is located in Aulander, Bertie County approximately one hour from the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area, 30 minutes from the beautiful Chowan River, and 45 minutes from Greenville, home of East Carolina University and its medical center.


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