Ghent Porch

Ghent Porch

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bellair Plantation, 1772, New Bern, NC


Yesterday was a rare opportunity

"I tell you I love being deep in the country where are seen the rough plowed aisles of newly planted corn and also a calming ambiance in the verdant shade of quiet magnolias.

 The old house at Bellair Plantation is so run down that it is at the point of ruin--- if something isn't done soon to prevent it. 

. The house was built during the pre-Revolutionary War and has belonged to the same family since 1849-- so I feel sure the family is reluctant to let it go. The Preservationists, it is obvious, are feeling antsy over the survival of the house. Hence, yesterday, we paid $20.00 for the rare privilege of touring the house and grounds. Part of the money is to be used for preservation. We weren't allowed to take photos inside but I can tell you that something needs to be done badly.

 The house is only one room deep which allowed for the passing of a summer breeze through open windows, front to back for the purpose of keeping the house cool in the hot NC summers. The original owner, Mr. Blount, was "not endowed with conjugal felicity" and eventually the house was plastered up and divided down the middle, the good side for the wife and the unfinished, bare bone rooms were delegated to the husband. "

Updated Photograph Bellair Plantation March, 2016


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