November 27, 2016

'One of the principal landmarks at South Yadkin River' . . . Centennial House for Sale in Salisbury NC

Traveling north out of Salisbury, North Carolina, the character of the landscape decidedly turns to countryside - opening up to winding roads and undulating fields. At the Rowan and Davie County line, just outside of Salisbury, along the southeast bank of the South Yadkin River, sits the landmark 2-story Lindsay-Tatum-Wyatt House on its 16.9 acre parcel. This historic home is now 'For Sale' with Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty.

John 'Captain Jack' Lindsay settled at South Yadkin River in the 1870s, and while little record is available for the exact build-date of this fine home, we can confidently call it a 'Centennial House' ~ built in or around 1875-1876.

Welcome to 8670 Hwy 601 North! Let us take you on a tour of what was once an elegant homestead...and can be again! Just wait until you see this 140+ year old gem!!

A slate walk takes us up through what was once a lovely landscaped estate, resplendent with acuba, ivy, lariope, nandina, magnolia, hollies, and more . . . to the expanse of front veranda with pierced balustrade ~ 34 feet of veranda to be exact!

The interior of this wonderful 2620+ square-foot home follows a center-hall plan, featuring well-executed vernacular woodwork, beautiful wide heart-of-pine floors throughout, and gorgeous original mantles. The woodwork absolutely gleams. In the tradition of a center-hall plan of this era, two parlors flank the foyer. One is now a main-floor master bedroom that connects to the first floor bath.

A large formal dining room separates the front parlor from the kitchen ell.

The circa 1875 Lindsey-Tatum-Wyatt House is described in The Architecture of Rowan County by Davyd Foard Hood, as such: "The well preserved L-plan house remains today little altered from its original appearance. The home is mostly original with the exception of the two bathrooms and kitchen."

The front two-story block of the home is described as having a "one-story hipped roof sheltering the three first-story bays set in flush sheathing. Its bracketed posts are connected by a reticulated balustrade. The brackets are repeated along the eaves of the house's gabled roof. Chimneys flanked by fenestration [the arrangement of windows and other openings in a building] at each level stand at either gable end."

The narrative goes on to say that a two story ell and shed occupy the rear elevation. Today, the two-story ell houses an enclosed back porch and the kitchen.

A handsome stairwell with original 1870s banister and wood walls takes us from the center hall up to the second story bedrooms. A second bath was carved out of the original upper hall, and the two bedrooms flank that space. Above the kitchen ell are two additional rooms, original to the home, that have never been finished and are only accessible through bedroom #3. There, you can see the center chimney. The dining room fireplace would have fed that chimney.

This grand 141 year old home is only one piece of the story! Sitting on nearly 17 acres with almost 1600 feet of river frontage, a curving drive snakes up the property between the house and an green metal-roofed building we've been calling 'The Club House'. Locals say that at some point in time, there were dams along the South Yadkin River. The dam created a beach at this junction of the river, and the 'Club House' was a sort of resort building, with bath house below, and dance hall above!

This very large building features a small entry room/kitchen area that then opens to an enormous open room with fireplace (picture fiddle players and dancers here!) and built-in benches lining the side walls. A windowed porch (now in dire need of attention) looks out over the river's flood plain - or where perhaps the rumored beach once lapped the shores. The lower level underneath the Club House, with a distinct 'root-cellar' appeal, is accessed by a narrow staircase along the outside of the building. Picture what you could do with this wonderful space!

Two massive magnolias flank the 32' front porch. From this view, you can see the Clubhouse across the drive.

Behind the house, another adventure begins. A large two-car garage sits to the side of the property, and from there the acreage unfolds in undulating hills, large open fields with small wooded knolls, and a woods to the river rich with wildlife (we came upon six deer as we were taking photos!). Down the hill, you'll find the stable barn, hay still in place. Behind the stables is another arbor building.

As you walk back up the rolling landscape up to the house, you'll notice a wooden structure on your right overlooking the steeply sloping river flood-plain area. That's exactly what this is ~ a look out! And again, a narrow stone stairway takes you down underneath the structure where perhaps a garden once interlaced the wooden beams.

You may have noted on this journey through the Lindsay-Tatum-Wyatt House, that the home is in some need of attention. You would be correct! However, the house is extremely sturdy and level. Architectural details such as ornamental corbels and the pierced porch balustrade are all intact. Fireplaces would have been in every room in a home of this era, but you will note that some are walled over or filled in. We believe the dining room fireplace hearth is under the rug. The house sports its original metal shingle roof, visible from the back upper ell. Here too, old house enthusiasts will be excited to see the post and beam nails here, a lost art form!

This once grand estate on the South Yadkin River may just be the homestead you've been waiting for! To see the potential of this fine property, make an appointment with Greg Rapp ~ noted preservation and historic property specialist in Rowan County: (704) 213-6846. Don't let this one get away ~ it's just that good!

8670 US Hwy 601
Salisbury NC 28147




Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

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