Historic tour scheduled Saturday

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

TOWNSVILLE — Pool Rock Plantation Manor heads the list of historic sites on the Historic Tour North Carolina to be conducted this Saturday by Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

The antebellum house dates back to about 1758, with an addition built in 1850. Located less than a mile from Kerr Lake, the house is backed by woods that include a heron rookery and a deer reserve.

The tour will begin at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, located at 1725 Rock Spring Church Road in Townsville. Linda Wilson, head organizer of the tour, said visitors will need to provide their transportation to the various sites.

The tour will also visit Ashland Plantation Estate, which predates Pool Rock by a decade or two. The original portion of the house was built around 1740 with an additional structure added in 1820. On the grounds are two guest cottages, a kitchen cottage, a caretaker’s cottage, a barn complete with horse stalls and a tack room for storing saddles, harnesses and other gear.

Ashland was built by Samuel Henderson and was the home of Richard Henderson, who employed Daniel Boone to open the Wilderness Road into what is now Kentucky.

Other 18th century buildings on the tour are St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamsboro, Nutbush Presbyterian Church and the Reavis home.

David Reavis will be available to autograph his book, “Upon These Steps,” which tells the story of two brothers, one his great-grandfather, who left from the steps of the home to fight in the Civil War. It was also on the same steps that the brothers’ father, Lewis Reavis, freed his slaves.

The “youngster” on the tour is Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Townsville. It was built in the early 1900s.

Wilson encourages the community to “spend a few hours touring our sites and bring history back to life.”

Refreshments will be served at Tabernacle UMC. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the building fund for the church.


Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.



• Begins: From Tabernacle United Methodist Church at 1725 Rock Spring Church Road, Townsville; tour booklets available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sites: Tabernacle UMC, Ashland Plantation Estate, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamsboro, Nutbush Presbyterian Church and the Reavis home.

• Cost: Advance $17 each or $15 each in a group of five or more; $20 each day of tour; reservations by calling Linda Wilson at (252) 235-8728.

• Information: Linda Wilson at (252) 235-8728.