Summaries of Significant Mecklenburg County Rural Resources
Ingleside (MK 1471), Bud Henderson Road. Tradition holds that this
house was built for Dr. William Speight McLean Davidson immediately after
the Civil War. Dr. Davidson was a prominent physician and planter as
illustrated by this stylish house. The wide eaves, scrolled brackets, hipped
roof, and classical columned porch are all indicative of the Italianate
style. This makes the building fairly uncommon in Mecklenburg County where
the traditional Folk Victorian I-house is more often found. This house is
important architecturally, as well as for its well preserved rural setting.
The property is a locally designated historic landmark.
Jordan House (MK 1289), Hus McGinnis Road. This simple I-house has
six over six panes of glass in the first floor windows and four over four in
the upper windows perhaps indicating that the second story might have been
added at a later date. The porch is not original. The property retains a log
barn encompassed by shed additions, a frame granary, and a wellhouse making
this mid to late nineteenth century property a good example of a typical
Mecklenburg County farmstead.
The two pictures above are the Kerr-Hinson House (top) and
Kerr - Hinson House (MK 1171), Arlington Church Road. The
beautiful farmland surrounding this house and Hinson Store is an excellent
reminder of Mecklenburg County's past. The farm is still in operation. The
original section of this house was built in 1786 by Colonel David Kerr, a
veteran of the Revolutionary war. This two story side gable house is two
rooms deep and has had many alterations. The front of the house was
originally the rear and modern additions have seriously impacted its
integrity. However, its age and association with Eli Hinson make it
significant. Eli Hinson, in addition to owning the store across the street,
founded Arlington Baptist Church which was built from brick made at the mill
located behind the store.
James B. Kidd House (MK 1474), Jim Kidd Road. Believed to have
been built by Jim Kidd in 1912, this house was likely only one story
originally. It is presently two stories with a rear ell and shed addition.
The Kidd family still farmed the property in 1988 although they did not own
the house. Five or six tenant families grew cotton on the farm until W.W.II.
After the war, the farm was used for corn, grain, and hay, until the Kidds
turned to dairy farming. This switch indicates the changes that were
occurring in Mecklenburg County agriculture during the 1930s and 1940s.
Latta Place (MK 4A), Sample Road. The house was built in 1799 by
James Latta, a peddler who once traveled between Philadelphia and
Charleston. This house was the centerpiece of Latta's plantation. The
excellent location was near the Catawba River, but beyond the flood plain.
The austere house design is thought to be inspired by Philadelphia
townhouses since the entry is on the gable end rather than the long side of
the house. The chimneys, however, are in their traditional southern place at
the ends of the building. The reconstructed agricultural buildings of this
house museum give a good understanding of an early Mecklenburg County
farmstead. This property is listed in the National Register of Historic
Places and is a locally designated historic landmark.
The two pictures above are the James L. Lawing House (top)
and barn (bottom)
James L. Lawing House (MK 1475), Neck Road. James Lafayette Lawing
probably built this T-plan house in 1909 when he moved to Hopewell from Paw
Creek. Although presently sheathed in vinyl siding, the decorative fishscale
shingles may still be seen in the front facing gable. Such decorative
shingles are related to the Folk Victorian interpretation of the Queen Anne
and Shingle styles. The collection of outbuildings, including a large barn
near the house, along with its rural setting make this property significant.
Lee House (MK 1205), Lawyers Road. Built circa 1915 by the Lee
family, this house is one-story tall with a rectangular plan, three bays
wide by two deep. It features a high-pitch hip roof that is penetrated by a
gable roofed dormer on the front. There is also a one-story porch, with a
pediment at the center bay, that spans the front of the house with
replacement wrought iron columns. The roof form of this modest dwelling,
similar to the irregular roofs found in Queen Anne architecture, indicates a
transitional period around the first World War. Moving away from Folk
Victorian or Queen Anne architecture, houses began to resemble the more
modest tastes of the bungalow period, often found with Craftsman detailing.
Several historic outbuildings survive to the rear of the house.
William Lee House (MK 1734), Gaywind Drive. This Federal style
I-house was built in 1828 by William Lee, Jr overlooking Swan Run Branch. By
the 1850s, Lee was one of Mecklenburg County's more prosperous planters. The
present double height portico is not original. The house may have had a
double porch similar to that of the Dinkins house. The house is significant
as an example of an early Mecklenburg County plantation house. The property
is a locally designated historic landmark.
Long Creek School Agricultural Building (MK 1507), Beatties Ford Road.
Associated with the now destroyed Long Creek Consolidated School of
1923, this building is an important remnant of Mecklenburg County's rural
past. The simple brick veneer building has a Craftsman style entry porch.
The building's use for agricultural classes illustrates the changes
occurring in agricultural practice during the 1920s and 1930s. This was a
period of transition from small farms and traditional methods, to larger,
more mechanized operations. This property is a locally designated historic
Luckey, R. S. house (MK 1508), Mt. Holly - Huntersville Road. This
I-house is a significant part of the rural character of this area. The two
story house has a shed roof front porch and is set well off the road.
Several outbuildings exist to the rear of the house. Fields are also located
to the rear making this a good example of a turn of the century farm.