Historic House Listings

Off market. Beadboard for days! So many details! The Dunning House, Circa 1880 in NC. $49,000

February 16, 2022

So many amazing details inside this house! The beadboard goes on for days! Known as the R. J. and Lizzie Dunning House. This home was built in 1880. It is located on .46 acres in Aulander, North Carolina. The home features a wrap around front porch, original hardwood floors, diagonal and herringbone beadboard and a beautiful staircase with intricate carvings. This home is 1,930 square feet. $49,000

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

From the Preservation North Carolina listing:


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.


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