There once was a Captain named Cooke
His home like two halves of a book
Both halves are old
Each will be sold
We urge you to come take a look
Imagine your own private historic compound. You may just imagine this rare place in Franklin County, North Carolina between Youngsville and Louisburg. Nestled on over 5 level acres is the Jones Cooke House. It was built in two parts, first around year 1790 and then again in 1841. The rear of the home is the older section and currently houses a spacious kitchen with granite counters and custom cabinetry. The kitchen is connected by a breezeway to a spacious family room/bedroom with bath. This earliest section features 13-foot ceilings, original heart pine flooring and original fireplaces/mantels. The second floor contains an unfinished bath space awaiting the new owners' personal touches as well as a large bedroom space and laundry area.
The front section of this impressive home was built in 1841 in Greek Revival style by Jones Cooke. It features four large rooms – a formal first floor parlor and dining room and two second floor bedrooms. All rooms have original woodwork with 6-panel doors, wainscoting, plaster walls, brass carpenter locks, fireplaces and mantels. Interestingly, the main parlor has a mantelpiece crafted by Thomas Day in the prevailing Empire/Greek Revival style of the era.
Jones Cooke House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Protective Covenants are held by Preservation North Carolina.
But that's not all. There is another historic treasure on this property – the Shemuel Kearney House. This circa 1759 gambrel roof structure was saved from demolition and relocated from neighboring Franklinton for a complete restoration. This important home is one of the oldest structures extant in North Carolina. Kearney House now has a new roof and foundation. It awaits many possibilities for restoration that might include an in-law house, separate residence, shop or perhaps income-generating potential.
This 5.15 acre historic compound is prime level land suitable for agricultural development, horses/livestock and any number of other possibilities. Enjoy two private wells (one dedicated to the organic gardens), raised beds, fenced-in property lines and privacy plantings. A custom designed garden house built from reclaimed materials sits adjacent to main house. Other outbuildings include the mid-19th-century doctor's office behind the house and a newly built storage shed on the west flank.
All this and still very commutable to Raleigh.
*Aside from the fractured limerick, the core of this post and several photos were contributed by Jeff Anderson. Thank You Jeff!