Lazy Sunday

01/07/12 7:29 PM

Today, I decided to jump in the car and head out for a drive. This time, it lead me to a whole nother state! North Carolina. We live in Chesapeake, Virginia, about 15 minutes from the North Carolina border. When I was looking at antiques yesterday, someone brought up Elizabeth City, North Carolina. So I thought I would head down there and to Edenton to check out what I could find as far as antiques. Sadly, most of antique stores were closed. I did find one in Hertford, North Carolina. (Thank Goodness for GPS or I would have never found it) I pulled into this small town and found Hertfordshire Antiques. It is located in a historic area of this town in an old store front. I was so excited! I found my first Mint Julep Cup! Those suckers are hard to find!!

Hertfordshire Antiques Hertford NC

Afterwards I headed down to Edenton, North Carolina. While I didn’t find any antique stores, I did find some wonderful old houses.

Pembroke Hall 1850

Wessington House 1850

Dixon-Powell House 1895

Edmund Conger House 1910

Elliot-Sitteson House 1895

The Granny Bond House 1873

Beverly Hall 1810

Beverly Hall 1810 Side Door

Then I headed back to Virginia, stopping for a quick view of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Here is one of the best houses there!

Roninson Mansion 1914 Elizabeth City, NC

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 68 Comments »

68 Comments on “Lazy Sunday”

  1. Debbie Says:

    WordPress needs a “Love” button for your posts! I firmly believe that I must be reincarnated from the previous life of a southern belle. Either that or a fine Victorian lady. I would kill to live in any of these lovely homes. The Dixon-Powell home and the Edmund Conger House particularly caught my eye. The Roninson Mansion is fantastic also!

  2. Okay Debbie you get the Comment of the Day award! Here you can “Love” all the posts! 😉 I do love the old houses too. Now I just need to get inside!! I think you and I both must have been Southern Belles in past lifes. 🙂

  3. Wonderful pictures!

  4. Thank you! I just love old houses. Some of these remind me of homes in New Orleans.

  5. Dianna Says:

    What gorgeous old homes! Love the name “Granny Bond”: wouldn’t you just love to know the history of that home and name??

  6. I would! I would just like to get inside and see some of them! I think I would like to see the Wessington House most of all. It has a New Orlean look to it.

  7. Angeline M Says:

    Wow, what a find! Beautiful homes…I’m thinking my favorite is Beverly Hall.

  8. That one was beautiful. It was hard to photograph though. It sits sideways to the street. I had to move around a bit to get what I could of it. But it looks a little like a New Orleans style or even a Charleston SC style home.

  9. Wow, that Robinson Mansion looks amazing. I have never yet traveled south that way. I must save my pennies and go on a road trip 🙂

  10. It was amazing. I just happened on it as I was looking for an antique store to explore. But that is the way I find alot of cool things. Just by chance. Yes you do need to come down south! I know a great B&B! 😉

  11. ooops, now I made a terrible mistake. Of course it should be Roninson. Very sorry

  12. I knew what you meant.:)

  13. As beautiful as they all are I like the Beverly Hall side door. Looks like you had a great day.

  14. Thank you! That side door caught my eye as I was looking at the houses. It was a good day. How was your weekend? Heat wave?

  15. Hot and powerless but could have been worse. Waiting for an electrician since Saturday. Thanks for asking. Hope all’s well there. The weather. It’s been CA-RA-ZEE!!

  16. Wow I am sorry to hear that! I don’t think I could survive without the ac! Hope they are get there soon!

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  17. Beautiful, beautiful.

    And good score on that julep cup! I have always wanted a set . . . They are hard to find!

  18. They are! I think we may have to buy them new 🙁

  19. Mark White Says:

    Great Photos. But what makes a julep cup a julep cup? What is different about it? Although they do look nice.

  20. I really don’t know other than it is a little silver cup. That is what I have always been told. Though I have seen them as glass before. I personally like the silver cup. I think it has to do with being high end society when they used them silver. To me they look like a small cup you might have by the sink to drink from, except silver would be a very expensive drinking cup for every day. Thanks!

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  21. There’s nothing like historic homes and you’ve captured them in all their picture=perfect glory! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  22. Thank you for stopping by! We really love old homes and our plantation is at the top of that list! We are looking forward to seeing more of you blog too!

    Michelle Darnell
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  23. My Mia's Art Says:

    Oh, those houses are all amazing!! We dont have many old houses in Western Australia…ours is 1904 – which is VERY old for Perth. But tiny compared to these magnificent mansions you have shown us. Thank you, I so enjoyed looking at them.

  24. Ditto for my town which recently celebrated its centennial.

  25. Thank you! I love old house and even not as old houses 😉 But the important part is that each of them have a story to tell. We just have to take the time to listen to them. We have enjoyed sharing them with everyone! We appreciate you stopping by!

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  26. Thank you for stopping by! Old or not as old, we loved them all!

  27. Thank you for stopping by! Sorry this reply is so late! I don’t like how WordPress does their comments. You can miss them if you aren’t careful. I have taken to going over each blog to see if I missed any every few days.

    I would love to see Australia some day!

  28. wwfd301 Says:

    These homes remind me of the show “If Walls Could Talk” on HGTV. I would love to buy one of them and find out all the awesome history of the house!! Thanks for posting them and thanks for stopping by my site!!

  29. Thank you for stopping by ours! I know the show you are talking about, with Grant Goodeve I think it is. I love that show. I don’t think it is on anymore though. But I understand what you are saying! I wish we could get our walls at Belle Grove to talk! I have pulled a ton of history on the house, but to get the real personal stories would be something else! We have a posting coming soon about an etching. I would love to hear the personal story behind it. Keep a watch for it! We look forward to reading more of your blog too!

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  30. wwfd301 Says:

    Can’t wait! I am following you now so I don’t miss it! =)

  31. If this was a “lazy” Sunday … what is a busy Sunday? It sure sounds like you had fun!
    P.S. I am so jealous of the beautiful & historic sites near you. I love the drives we take when we visit family in Tennessee.

  32. Busy would be having to stay home and do chores. Lazy is gettig to do what pleases me 😉 It was fun, but I wish I could have found more stores! Tennessee is beautiful! We have driven through many times. I should be the one that is jealous!

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  33. glennweissel Says:

    I really enjoy looking at the photos of those lovely homes on the east coast! Thank you!

  34. Thank you! There is so much history within these walls! We are so excited to have you along for this great adventure!

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  35. ladyfi Says:

    What fabulous buildings.

  36. Thank you! I really enjoyed seeing them. I just wish I could have had a peak inside 😉

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  37. Norma Chang Says:

    Beautiful photos, you captured each building at its best angle. Did not know there was such a thing as a Mint Julep Cup. am learning a great deal from your posts, thank you.

  38. Thank you! I really enjoy seeing beautiful historic homes. Yup, there is such a thing. I have been looking for just the right one to use at the plantation for our mint juleps. This one will just be one that I add to my collection. I am glad you are enjoying our blog. I really like yours too! 😉

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  39. belocchio Says:

    Each house has a story. Happy houses filled with children.
    Houses lonely and forgotten as generations fade away;
    Ballrooms filled with music and whispering dance steps.
    Stately houses where ghosts walk in the dead of night.
    There is simply nothing quite so wonderful as old houses.

  40. Too True! I think that is why we love them so much.

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  41. JulesPaige Says:

    While not as elegant as these old beauties – our first home over 30 years ago was 80 years old when we bought her…ended up doing quite a bit to bring it up to code. Now we are in a home that is only about 30 years old. We are making our own history. I do like your posts!

  42. Old or not as old, they all have history to tell us if we just take the time to listen. It is great too to add to that history. We hope to do the same at our plantation. Thank you! We appreciate you following along with us!

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  43. Our old stomping ground, NC. As David’s mom said, “I’m not Carolina born, or Carolina bred, but when i die, I will be Carolina dead, and she is. Both of David’s parents are buried in Willmington. My Mom is buried in Statesville NC in the west. Dianne

  44. Wow! I am a Carolina girl.. South Carolina that is. But you know, when I die, I already know that I want to be buried at the little church on our plantation. I couldn’t think of a better place to be. We will be doing a post about that little church soon!!

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  45. I really love all of these photos!

  46. Thank you! I really enjoyed taking them! These homes are so beautiful and historic. Thank you for stopping by!

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  47. Thanks for stopping by! From the looks of your blog, and especially this post, you have an eye for fine houses! Lovely indeed. May your dream grow and deepen!

  48. Thank you! We really enjoy reading others blogs as much as we like writing our own. Yes we do love beautiful historic homes! We hope you will join us as we take this wonderful journey!

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  49. Beautiful houses and wonderful pictures! The artistry in an older home is far more superior than in a new house. A good part of my childhood was in a house that was built in 1900. All that history and all those little secret areas that you were not expected are things you can never replace. Thank you for the reminders! ~ judy

  50. Thank you! I enjoyed taking the photos. I just wished I could have gone in! But we really do love old homes and history. Thank you for stopping by!

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  51. Thank you so much for your follow on my blog! I love these pictures of old homes. I’ve been researching old homes for my CW Novel. I love the architecture! Wessington House reminds me a little of Beauvoir in Biloxi, MS, Jefferson Davis’s home. Have you ever been there! It’s stunning.

    Looking forward to more of your posts!

  52. Thank you! We are glad to follow along with your blog! We have not seen the Beauvoir yet. But we were down there last October, we just ran out of time. We saw 11 plantations while we were there. whew…. Thank you for following along with us on this wonderful journey!

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  53. Jen Says:

    Oh, the homes are so beautiful. Delightful tour. 🙂

  54. Thank you! It was so much fun just to go and until I got some where new. The houses were a plus!

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  55. What a beautiful part of the world! I love all the gorgeous, historic buildings and visiting vicariously through your photos.

  56. Thank you! We love it here too. 🙂 We are glad you have joined us on this wonderful journey!

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  57. Anne Bonney Says:

    Sounds like a great trip – and what beautiful old houses! Aren’t porches the best?

  58. Yes! I can image sitting there with a glass of lemonade just watching the world go by!

  59. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day.

    Your blog is great! I love Virginia, dogs, historic preservation and innovative small business. You go girl! Your story is definitely something I will watch.


  60. Thank you for the encouragement, Marley! Please share our story with your friends and family too! We appreciate your support.
    ~Michelle & Brett

  61. Wayne Augden Says:

    Beautiful homes, and blog, too. 🙂

  62. Thank you! We have enjoyed sharing this adventure! Please stop by anytime!

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  64. Thank you for sharing our blog with your readers! Yes these are some porches to envy!

  65. vintagekaren Says:

    Love this post and the pics of these amazing houses!! I just added a link to this post from my “Porch Envy” post!

  66. Thank you for sharing it with your readers! These homes were something to see. But wait until you see the ones we are going to see on Saturday! We are going to visit another plantation in the area of ours! Check back to see!

  67. You did find a jem! Mint Julep cups are very rare!!!! Love the photos of the houses…I am an old house soul!

  68. I was so excited to find it. I don’t know if I will use it for the plantation or just have it as a reminder in one of the rooms of the traditions that this house has. We are old house souls too!