Once again, we’re appealing to our faithful readers for help with a postcard:
The above postcard bears the claim of “Oldest House in Sanford, N.C.” I did some research to see if I could find anything in support of this claim, but didn’t come up with much. A lot of sources point to the Railroad House, built in 1872, as being the oldest house in Sanford.
The History & Architecture of Lee County, North Carolina, by J. Daniel Pezzoni, provides a thorough discussion of the county’s built environment, and shows a few examples of Lee County’s earliest houses, similar to the house shown in the postcard above. The double shouldered chimney and what appears to be a board roof help date our house to sometime during the first half of the 19th century. The book suggests that the chimney was likely originally constructed out of wood because it was less expensive and time consuming to construct, and that the masonry chimney was added later to replace the dangerous wooden one.
The photograph of this house was taken by the Felch Sisters in 1906, so anything could have happened to the house between then and today. Does anyone know anything about the house? Is it still standing?