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North Carolina’s Oldest Sawmill, Circa 1835

4246 McConnell Road, Greensboro, NC, USA
$875,000

Description

Katheryn Pettygrew looked beyond the dusty saws, the abandoned mill machinery and the near ruin of the old Boone Mill near Greensboro and dared to imagine the charming home that could be built in its stead. The Boone Mill, which is the oldest remaining sawmill built in North Carolina, was originally constructed circa 1835, and had ceased operation in 1920. But in 1935, when Ms. Pettygrew drove past the building, all she could see was potential.

It took her three years to transform the deserted sawmill into a rustic summer home, which she completed with great artistic vision and ingenuity. Ahead of her time in architectural technique, Ms. Pettygrew chose to use recycled lumber in the home that she took from nearby crumbling structures and barns, and she converted old pulley wheels and rollers into unique pieces of furniture that served as an homage to the home’s former life as a sawmill.

She was so successful in her repurposing of the mill that American Home Magazine took notice and dedicated an entire spread to the home, which was featured in their June 1940 issue. “It would be hard to top the simple, natural character of the place,” the magazine article read. “A charm due in great measure to the fact that the house has kept its original outline and has been left in its unpainted, weathered gray finish. It’s the very unpretentiousness of the place which is so ‘right,’ so peaceful, and most important, so utterly comfortable.”

Because of her unique approach to the construction and remodel, the Boone Mill—now known as the Katydid Mill—remains a rustic retreat, located just 10 minutes from downtown Greensboro and easy commuting distance from the Winston-Salem, Durham, and Raleigh metro areas. Situated on 2.7 acres of private, thick-wooded land, the home is a welcome respite from the haze of the city, but with contemporary design details and amenities that don’t make you feel like you’re living off the grid.

The main house has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths fully modernized for contemporary, hospitable family living. Charming original architectural details like rich pine paneling and hand-hewn beams adorn the living space, which plays host to a massive wood burning fireplace, perfect for curling up on the couch on a chilly evening. The kitchen and dining space are wrapped in natural light, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. A show-stopping stone wall hugs the perimeter of the stove and double ovens and a large island complete with farmhouse sink and 360-degree storage cap off the stylish Americana cooking and dining area

The master suite in the main house is a delightful hideaway, with white washed paneled walls and pine flooring. The bedroom is illuminated by the natural light that streams in from the windows throughout the space, which give the homeowner a peak out into nature as well as onto the back deck. The master bath is updated, but still maintains a vintage charm with a separate clawfoot soaking tub right underneath the window and a subway tile lined shower with glass enclosure. Double sinks and a spacious storage unit top off the room, which has a spa-like feel to it.

The two upstairs bedrooms are quaint with good use of space and a cozy sitting area that separates the two rooms. The guest bath is similar in style to the master, and features a clawfoot soaking tub, a glass enclosed shower with gray-toned marble tile, and a matching pair of pedestal sinks.

The Katydid Mill also features a charming guest house, which was originally built in the late 19th century as an outbuilding for the mill. The guest house has 1 bedroom and 1 bath and is fully equipped with its own mini gourmet kitchen—complete with Sub-zero refrigerator/freezer drawers, dishwasher, and Wolf range—perfect for the guest who loves to cook. Wood paneled walls, hand-hewn beams, and a river rock fireplace give the extra space a cozy rustic feel, and a breezy upstairs loft has a roomy bedroom and stylish bathroom that guarantees a comfortable stay for your guests.

Outside, the property boasts its own millpond with rushing waterfall—giving the property a unique connection to nature that is hard to find anywhere else. This truly impressive and historic mill pond and dam is the most stunning feature of the property, and the waterfall is a sight to behold, measuring at 125 feet wide by 13 feet tall. Stepping onto the property will give you the feeling as if you are in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are located more than two hours away.

The Katydid mill is genuinely one of America’s unique historical properties.

Detail

  • Property ID
    138061
  • 4
    Bedrooms
  • 3
    Bathrooms
  • Property Size
    3700 sqft
  • Land Size
    2.72 acres
  • Mill
    Style
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    Year Built
    1835

Updated on March 19, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Address

  • Address: 4246 McConnell Road, Greensboro, NC, USA
  • City: Greensboro
  • State/county: North Carolina
  • Zip/Postal Code: 27406
  • Country: United States

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