Cheatham Family Farm
5189 Dorsey Rd., Oxford, NC 27565
- 3,828 square feet
- Lot Size: 1.01 acres / Zoning: AR
Cathleen Turner , Regional Director
Preservation NC, Piedmont Office
“This picturesque rural farmhouse was built early in the 19th century with successive stylistic updates by generations of the same family. The 1870 tower addition distinguishes the Cheatham Family Farm house as a rare example of the Italian Villa style in Granville County. With spacious rooms and a lovely landscape, this 19th century gem will make a fine country retreat. It is less than an hour to RDU, 1 hour to Raleigh, 30 minutes to Durham or Wake Forest, just minutes from charming downtown Oxford, and 3 miles from Vance-Granville Community College. There are numerous opportunities for recreation, as this historic farmhouse is located between Falls Lake and Kerr Lake.
The Town of Oxford was described a century ago as one of the prettiest towns in the state, and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016. Today it remains an attractive example of small-town living with historic buildings situated on broad, beautifully shaded streets and a vibrant downtown. There are several locally-owned businesses, museums and cultural centers, and festivals and events year-round, including movie nights, Alive After Five events and a Farmer’s Market. Several parks and recreational amenities are located in or around Oxford with sports fields and leagues for adults and children, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, a skateboard park, and horseback riding. Access to five different lakes including Kerr Lake (20 minutes) and Lake Gaston (50 minutes) offer fishing and boating. Located only 30 minutes from Durham, Oxford is also convenient to Research Triangle Park (35 minutes), Brier Creek (35 minutes) and Raleigh (50 minutes), several colleges and universities, major medical centers, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (45 minutes).
Architectural & Historical Information
This picturesque rural farmhouse was built early in the 19th century with successive stylistic updates by generations of the Cheatham family. The earliest section was built in 1800 by James and Katherine Cheatham as a modest 1.5-story dwelling that now serves as the rear addition. Their son James constructed the tall mid-nineteenth century section with spacious rooms divided by a wide central hall and grand staircase. This otherwise symmetrical Greek Revival façade was updated once more by the next generation, another James, with the addition of a 3-story tower and 2-story front gable ell, enhanced by an expansive porch with sawnwork brackets and turned balustrade that distinguishes the Cheatham Family Farm house as a rare example of the Italian Villa style in Granville County.
The spacious rooms within are further enhanced by simple yet refined woodwork including geometric post-and-lintel mantels, flush-board and paneled wainscot, plaster walls, an open-string staircase with octagonal railing, flat angled door and window surrounds, paneled doors, and wood floors throughout. Other features include 6-over-9 sash windows, three chimneys with finely pointed common brick bond, and beaded clapboard siding, all resting on an imposing stone foundation.
With 11 spacious rooms and a lovely picturesque landscape, this 19th century gem will make a fine country retreat, and more acreage is available for purchase, if desired (at an additional price). The house was rented out just a few years ago, but will require a complete rehabilitation including HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, new bathrooms and kitchen, some restoration carpentry and roof work, not to mention new paint.” As per North Carolina Preservation.
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