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Historical Summaries of Significant Mecklenburg County Rural Resources

Henry Galloway House (MK 1544), Galloway Road. The first story of this house was erected in 1890 by Henry Galloway. The second story was added soon after. The property was owned by a descendent until at least 1988. The Galloways have raised cotton and corn on the property as evidenced by the log combination corn crib and granary, log barn, frame barn, and frame garage. The log buildings may be older than the house while the frame structures are from the early twentieth century. The house is two stories of one room depth and has three rear ells. While the house has had several alterations, the property is significant because of its collection of outbuildings and adjacent fields. I-85 runs just to the east of the property, but does not presently have tremendous impact since there is no on/off ramp from Galloway Road.

 

Grier Farm (U-22), McKee & Tilley Morris Roads. This is an excellent example of a pyramidal cottage. The pyramidal form was extremely popular in the early years of the twentieth century. It may also be called a transitional cottage form since it has influences from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The simple form is usually associated with owners of middle to lesser financial means. It is important to have such examples to give a complete summary of the history of rural Mecklenburg and its variety of people. The expansive fields are a lone survivor of the rural landscape in an area which is experiencing rapid and unremitting suburbanization. Additional research is underway to learn more about the history of this property, which was not included in the Gatza survey.

 



The two pictures above are the John Grier house (top) and land (bottom)

John Grier House (MK 1365), Brown - Grier Road. The lovely vista towards this house from the corner of Steele Creek and Brown - Grier road indicates this property's importance as a remnant of Mecklenburg's rural past in a rapidly developing area. The house is a classic I-house form with full length, shed roof first floor front porch and a small second story porch over the entry. Several historic and a few modern farm buildings are associated with the property.

 

William Grier House (MK 1364). Steele Creek Road. The main block of the building was constructed in 1828 in the Federal style. The one and half story rear wing was added around 1840 and exhibits elements of the Federal and Greek Revival styles. The ornate Federal trim makes this house an important architectural example of early Mecklenburg County despite its lack of original outbuildings. This is a locally designated historic landmark.

 

Hayes - Byrum Store (MK 1367), Steele Creek Road. This late nineteenth century store still serves the Steele Creek community. The simple, gable-roofed building has a brick false front with hipped roof porch. A central entry is flanked by a two over two light window on each side. Operated by George Hayes, this store was sold to Lester Byrum around the turn of the century. It is an important example that preserves both the building and the original use of the property. Before significant road improvement in the 1920s, country stores were the lifeline of rural communities. The property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a locally designated historic landmark.

 

Hennigan Place (MK 1180), Tilley Morris Road. The 1845 house was moved in 1973 to avoid destruction. It was originally located adjacent to the James K. Polk farm in southern Mecklenburg County. Belonging to James Hennigan, a prominent Methodist, this house is a fine example of the local interpretation of the Greek Revival style. The style is expressed here in the four Doric porch columns and simple transom with sidelights at the entry of the I-house. A log barn has been moved near the house giving some indication of its original appearance. This property is a locally designated historic landmark.

 

Hinson Store (MK 1169), Arlington Church Road. Eli Hinson is said to have bought this property because there was a brick mill behind the present store. Hinson's first store was a frame structure across the street beside the house originally owned by Col. David Kerr. However, this brick store building was probably erected in the late nineteenth century from bricks made on site. Three lunette or half-round windows adorn the side of the front gable building. The building is moderately deteriorated.

 

Eugene Wilson Hodges Farm (MK 1265), Rocky River Road. Comprising about 187 acres this is an extremely valuable resource preserving agricultural life in the early twentieth century. The circa 1906 triple-A, I-house is accompanied by numerous outbuildings including a tenant house, chicken coops, dairy barns, sheds, wellhouse, granary, silos, and other barns. This pristine farmstead is invaluable to preserving rural Mecklenburg County. The property is a locally designated historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Holly Bend (MK 9), Neck Road. Built in 1800 by Robert Davidson, the Federal house was originally designed to face the river rather than the road as it does now. This configuration was common among southern river plantations in a day when boat travel was far easier than overland. Robert Davidson eventually became one of the county's largest slaveholders with over 100 slaves. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a locally designated historic landmark.

 

John M. Hood House (MK 1266), Hood Road. Probably built in the 1870s, the original portion of this house was a two room, one story tall dwelling. The second story was added in the 1910s or 1920s after a third room was added to the original house. Thus, the house is now in the I-house form. Outbuildings include a mid-nineteenth century log barn and Pine Hill schoolhouse, which was moved to this farm around 1923.

 

Hopewell Presbyterian Church (MK 1498), Beatties Ford Road. The earliest part of this church was constructed in 1833. The brick are laid in the Flemish bond pattern accented by glazed headers, or bricks whose ends are exposed. Renovations were made in the 1860s including the front facade and interior galleries. The congregation at Hopewell was begun by the inexhaustible Reverend Alexander Craighead of Sugaw Creek and Rocky River Presbyterian Churches between 1758 and 1766. Despite several additions this church is one of the best preserved examples of an ante-bellum brick church in the county. The property is a locally designated historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

House (U - 32), Beatties Ford Road. This T-plan house has Folk Victorian elements. The front porch has paired, turned posts and sawn-work brackets. Located across from Hopewell Presbyterian Church, this building contributes to the late nineteenth century character of the area.

 

Hovis - Spratt House (MK 1504), Hawfield Road. Originally located in the Steele Creek community, this house was begun prior to the Civil War by Franklin Hovis. Completed after the war, the simple I-house form has little decorative detail. Once the seat of a significant farm, this structure was moved in 1986 to avoid demolition. Although important to the understanding of architecture in rural Mecklenburg County in the 1850s and 1860s, this house lost much of its significance when moved. Thus, it is an example of the importance of maintaining the integrity of farmsteads rather than simply removing them from danger. The property is a locally designated historic landmark.



The two pictures above are the Hubbard Dairy Farm barn (top) and house (bottom)

Hubbard Dairy Farm (U - 25), Brown Mill Road. This farm is an excellent example of a late 1930s or early 1940s farmstead. Still operating as a dairy farm, the complex has at least two barns and a milking parlor. The farmhouse is a small brick building in the English Cottage style. Although the house is not remarkable, the farm is representative of its era. The farm was not included in the 1988 Gatza Survey.