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Polk House
Old E. US Hwy 74
Polkton, NC
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Price: $28,000
Square Feet: 1,896
Lot Description/Acreage:
Lot Size: 2 acres / Zoning: Residential
Year Built:
c. 1830
 
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Name: Cathleen Turner, Regional Director
Agency: Preservation NC, Piedmont Office
Phone: 919-401-8540
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Property Description
Built around 1830, the two-story frame house was constructed of heavy handhewn, mortise-and-tenon construction set on sturdy locally quarried brownstone foundation piers. The gable roof is covered by a standing seam roof and accentuated by heavy boxed cornice and flush eaves. Tall nine-over-nine windows on the side and six-over-nine windows on the front and rear elevations let in lots of light. The deep, shed roof front porch shelters the flush sheathing and entryway adjacent to an enclosed porch, a similar porch enclosure is located on the rear elevation.

The interior is arranged in a hall parlor plan with fine interior finish including an enclosed winder stair, hand-planed plank walls and ceilings, beautiful heart pine floors, and six-paneled doors throughout. The “hall” features an expansive paneled wainscot with elaborately carved chair rail. The adjacent parlor features a large stylish Federal mantel with dentil molding beneath the deep shelf supported by reeded pilasters and diagonal reeding across the frieze quite similar to the chair rail in the hall.

The enclosed winder stair, now located in the parlor, but at one time opened into the hall, has an refreshingly gradual rise and features beautiful flush sheathing terminating in an attractive flat wainscot and finely crafted newel post and railing at the top of the stairs.

The house is best known as the birthplace and home of Leonidas Lafayette Polk (1837-1892). Polk’s accomplishments are numerous but he is best known as the publisher of Progressive Farmer, founder of North Carolina State University and Meredith College, the first NC Commissioner of Agriculture, and president of National Farmers Alliance. Born into a prominent farm family, he lost his parents by the age of 15 and inherited the land and homeplace. He was educated just up the road at Davidson College and spent his early years back in Anson County championing the causes of area farmers as publisher of The Ansonian and initiating the Grange system. When the railroad arrived in Anson County in the early 1870s, Polk laid out the Town of Polkton on his acreage to the north of the railroad.

The house was rental property for many years and has been empty for quite some time. It will require a complete rehabilitation including all new systems, a kitchen, bathrooms, and repair and restoration of the windows, some doors and the porches.

 
Additional Notes
The Polk House is the birthplace and home of Leonidas L. Polk, prominent state leader and advocate in agriculture and education. This early Federal-style farmhouse overlooking the quaint Town of Polkton, has beautiful interior features and woodwork including hand-planed wood wall and ceilings, paneled wainscot, an enclosed winder staircase, stylish mantels, and exuberantly carved chair rail. Just 1 hour east of Charlotte! Polkton is also a short 30 minutes from Lake Tillery and Uwharrie National Forest. A treat for any nature lover, Uwharrie National Forest covers 50,000 acres in parts of Montgomery, Davidson, and Randolph counties. This forest has the scenic Uwharrie, Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers, as well as the Uwharrie Mountains. Various outdoor activities are available in the forest, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping and water activities.

Last Updated: October 31, 2018
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