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Josiah Crudup House
3856 US Highway 1 South
Kittrell, NC
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Price: $94,000
Square Feet: 4,680
Lot Description/Acreage:
R-30 / 3.06 acres
 
Contact Information
Name: Cathleen Turner, Regional Director
Agency: Preservation North Carolina
Phone: 919-401-8540
Fax: 919-832-1651
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Property Description
The Josiah Crudup House is an architecture-lover’s dream and is only 45 minutes from Raleigh or Durham! This rare, exquisitely detailed early 19th century house retains its early tripartite form and lavish yet refined ornament. The central block of rooms flanked by the wing rooms showcase richly detailed woodwork and decorative paint, while the later additions provide ample room for contemporary uses including kitchen and baths. Dramatically sited on high ground off US 1, the Josiah Crudup House is an easy commute to Raleigh or Durham and only 20 minutes to Kerr Lake.

The house was probably built in the 1830s by Josiah Crudup who was a wealthy planter, Baptist minister, and legislator. He moved his family from Wake County to rich agricultural lands in what was then Granville County. The house displays a sophistication in design and richness of detail, as well as the quality of craftsmanship prevalent among successful planters in the northeastern Piedmont.

In its earliest tripartite form, the house had a two-story central block with one-story side wings. In the 1870s, the house passed to Josiah’s son John, who expanded the house to its present size including raising the side wings to two-stories and introducing Victorian elements such as the projecting bay windows, widening the front porch decorated with carved brackets and turned balusters, installing one-over-one sash windows on the front façade, and adding such futuristic innovations as an elevator and indoor plumbing!

Among the most notable features of the two-story, three-part exterior are the elaborate window entablatures comprised of carved circular motifs along the architrave, topped by a hooded molding all supported by scroll-like pilaster caps. This element is carried through on early and many of the later windows, including the one-over-one sash on the front façade and nine-over-nine remaining windows on the side and rear elevations. The front center gable features an arched window surrounded by sawtooth shingles. Unifying the three front sections is an arcaded cornice with delicate dentil molding above. The house is anchored by a foundation of heavy cut stone. Toward the back of the house along the right (north) side is a long wing thought to be the old kitchen. A small brick structure next to the kitchen porch is thought to be an early ice house.

The central block was meant to impress both inside and out. The entrance showcasing double-leaf paneled doors with applied molding leads into a well-lit entry hall brightened by a large transom above and windows on either side. Tall carved cornice molding, picture molding, wainscot, and arched entries into wing rooms provide an introduction of what’s to come. A door on the back wall leads into the central stair hall embellished with decorative woodwork and paint finish, which further leads into the grand drawing room filled with richly decorated large windows and doors and a prominent three-part mantel on the end wall.

The second floor is similarly filled with a mix of early and later woodwork all beautifully crafted. The finest room is again the rear central block room comprised of heavily embellished decorative woodwork and paint finish. Other rooms contain excellent yet simplified mantels, wainscot, door and window surrounds; some with decorative paint treatments.

The house has been neglected for the last few years and roof leaks have caused damage to some areas of the flooring and ceiling. Trim and other materials left from a previous restoration attempt are stored on site. The house will require a complete rehabilitation including a new roof, repair or replacement of damaged plaster and some ceilings and flooring, new kitchen and bathrooms (some nice period fixtures are on site), and all new mechanicals. Some foundation work has been done. The house is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places (see the nomination by clicking here) and is eligible for tax credits.
 
Additional Notes
Kittrell is a small village off US 1 which dates back to the 1850s. It is home to the Kittrell Job Corps Center (formerly Kittrell College). Essentials are available in nearby Henderson or Oxford, and Kittrell is only 45 minutes to both Durham and Raleigh. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing and other water sports at Kerr Lake, a State Recreation Area with 8 access areas and more than 50,000 acres.
Last Updated: March 3, 2017
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