by Meghan White.
Ah, that sweet, old fashioned charm of yesteryear. No where is it more apparent than in the beautiful old homes found throughout the American South. Join Meghan as she shares her favorite Southern real estate finds.
Known as the Twitchell-Gallaway house, this brick Federal built as a wedding present by the bride’s father in 1832. All of the details in the house were built by exceptionally trained craftsman, from the brick masonry to the interior finishes. One of them even worked under President Thomas Jefferson.
107 W Academy St, Madison, NC
4 beds, 2 baths 3,400 sqft
19th Century, Twitchell-Gallaway house has historic craftsmanship/modernized structure. Double-hung windows & Greek Revival fireplace mantels add a distinctive style. Grand entrance flows up open staircase to 2nd story. Spacious kitchen; new granite countertops; stainless steel appliances. Breakfast area w/patio/garden. Master bedroom-main floor; 2nd floor has 3 spacious bedrooms, 1 can be 2nd master bedroom. Finished basement has distressed beams, brick flooring, gas-stove, & full bath. Access from basement to garden patio with bar.
Source: Total Real Estate Solutions, Inc. via Zillow
This rectangularly-shaped house is a true Federal. Looking at the five-bay exterior, the size of the windows on each floor differ depending on the rooms’ functions, with the largest windows being on the main floor. All of them are surrounded by delicate, linear casements typical of the Federal style’s emphasis on understatement, especially when compared to the Georgian style that preceded it. A staircase leads to a door on the main floor that is surrounded by sidelights and a transom that let in sunlight.
Once inside, there are rooms flanking the main entry hall. These rooms feature chair rails, wide baseboards, and bulls-eye corner casing corner blocks that frame the windows. The majority of the rooms have fireplaces with slender Ionic columns holding up the mantels. The architectural details on this house remain in excellent condition nearly two decades after the house was completed.
The wide backyard, spacious rooms, and finished basement make this house perfect to raise a family in.
Meghan is from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied history and art history at Elon University in North Carolina before moving to Charleston, South Carolina to earn her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University & College of Charleston’s joint graduate program. She loves living in a city where tangible history is everywhere. Charleston is also the first city in which she can claim a historic property home—she currently lives in a converted stable and carriage house from the early nineteenth century. When not battling the humidity and palmetto bugs, she works at the Aiken Rhett House, a historic house museum with a “preserve as found” philosophy. Meghan is enthusiastic about advocating for the architectural and historical importance of auxiliary structures after uncovering the likely original appearance of George Washington’s horse stable at Mount Vernon through an internship and her Master’s thesis. She hopes one day to own a Queen Anne fixer-upper where she can live her days reading in its turret.