Home tour features Inez plantations

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

INEZ — The 2014 Preservation Warrenton homes tour will venture out of town to feature the Inez community.

Located 11 miles south of Warrenton on N.C. 58, Inez was the home of a number of plantations that thrived before the Civil War. Six of them will be part of the 2014 Plantation Homes Tour, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church on Saturday. The cost for lunch and tour is $32, available only when purchased in advance and available at Friends Too and The Scarlet Rooster. For information, call Janet Coleman at (252) 257-4425.

The price of tickets for the tour only is $20 for advanced purchase and $25 for same-day purchase. Same-day purchases may be made at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Inez and the Jacob Holt House in Warrenton.

A brochure describes the building styles represented on the tour and gives a brief history of each plantation.

Creek Home Place, located at 2037 N.C. 58, is the oldest of the plantations on the tour. The original house, a hand-hewn log structure, possibly dates to the late 1700s. Over the years, rooms were added and porches enclosed to transform it into a rambling farmhouse.

Charlotte Coan and her husband, Bruce, have owned the house since 2006.

“It was configured in its present form when we bought it,” Charlotte Coan said.

In addition to the maintenance an older home requires, she said most of the changes they have made don’t show, things like reinforcing the porches.

Noel and Donna Robertson have owned Shady Grove Plantation for 25 years.

“We’ve been restoring it ever since,” Noel Robertson said.

When they bought it, the house was deteriorating.

“It was more than redecorating,” he said. “It was structural.”

The historic house, located at 1967 Parktown Road, was built with pegs and hand-cut timbers. Noel Robertson said they tried to be true to the original structure as they restored it. They modernized the building by installing modern wiring, insulation and plumbing.

Robertson grew up in the Vicksboro community in southern Warren County.

Other buildings on the tour are:

• Grove Hill Plantation, 100 Davis Bugg Road, built in the early 1820s.

• Saxham Hall Plantation, 205 Richardson Road, built in 1842.

• Lake O’ the Woods Plantation, 1452 Davis Bugg Road, built in 1852.

• Cherry Hill Plantation, 2740 N.C. 58, built in 1858.

• Jacob Holt House, 122 S. Bragg St., Warrenton, built in 1855.

In addition to the plantations, the tour will feature Shady Grove United Methodist Church, located at 1625 N.C. 58. The present 1927 building contains the pulpit, communion table and pews from the original 1790 church.

The Heritage Quilters will present a quilt show at the Jacob Holt House during the tour.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.