Ausbon House

Under $100K Sunday – Circa 1830 North Carolina Ausbon House Under $100K – 75 Min to Outer Banks Beaches

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302 Washington St, Plymouth, NC 27962  $99,900


“Bullet holes around the upstairs window of the Ausbon House are haunting reminders of a fight to the death here on December 10, 1862, when a Confederate sniper refused to surrender. Hoping to drive out the U.S. forces occupying Plymouth then, Lt. Col. John C. Lamb attacked with several companies of the 17th North Carolina Infantry, a squadron of cavalrymen, and Moore’s Battery. After capturing most of the Union pickets, Lamb found the remaining Federals blocking Main Street and dispersed them with a cavalry charge. Then he turned his cannons on USS Southfield, the sole gunboat supporting the garrison, disabled it, and drove it downstream. Capt. Barnabas Ewer, the Federal commander, took fright when he saw Southfield depart, abandoned his men, and went aboard to escape. When asked where his men were, he replied that “he did not know, but hoped most of them were in the swamp.” Ewer’s superiors later deemed his actions “disgraceful.”

Unlike Ewer, some of his men kept fighting, and the Confederates eventually withdrew because they lacked sufficient numbers to hold the town. A Confederate sniper,

2. Ausborn House CWT Marker

however, remained in the Ausbon House picking off Union soldiers until he was killed. The bullet holes are monuments to his courage.

As the Confederates withdrew, they burned half the town, which suffered further during engagements the following year.

Ausborn House CWT Marker image. Click for full size.

Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 28, 2012



The Charlotte Observer
22 Mar 1992, Sun · Page 73

Family History

The Ausbon House, probably built about 1840 for Edmond Windley who lived here with four family members and two slaves, was bought by the Ausbon family in 1885 and modified. It is one of only four surviving antebellum houses in Plymouth. Myrtha Ausbon was a farmer.  Wife Elizabeth, mother Lavina, daughter Marater, and sons Taylor, William and Augustus moved into the home after the death of Myrtha in 1880.



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  • Lisa Mathew

    Does someone not want this house to sell? I’ve never seen such horrible pictures of such a potentially fabulous house. This isn’t all just moving mess.
    There are also red flags in most of the pictures. The ceiling above the walk in shower shows a moisture problem. Rotten wood, vines and overgrown trees show neglect. Do ANY of the cabinet doors close? Why is the lid to every toilet tank sitting on the floor?
    You can fix almost anything, but this isn’t a 100k house. Better budget another 100k to put it right and then another 50k because there’s always something else.

  • Christopher Senatro

    This is a wonderful old house, but horrible photos. It is as though the owners don’t want it to sell. What an absolute mess, and so much neglect going on inside and out. This could be a great restoration but I would be very concerned about hidden damage when the indication is nothing has been done to it in my lifetime.

  • S. Smith

    My grandmother, Lucy Mabel Ausbon, daughter of Joseph Gray Ausbon, was born in this house during family troubles in the late 1800’s. Joseph Gray Ausbon’s mother was Lavinia Gray, daughter of Joseph Iredell Gray, Jr. and the line goes back in the Gray family to Thomas Gray, an ‘Ancient Planter’ in the 1600’s.

    I remember Neva and Charlie who cared for the house so beautifully, but I have lived out of state and not kept in touch, but had hear that Neva had passed away and her daughter Kim had inherited the house. I believe that Kim had a son, Jay (?), but I do not know if he inherited the home or in what circumstances the home came to be at the time it was put up for sale outside ‘the family’.

    So very sorry to hear and SEE what has become of this gracious home. I wish I had kept in touch with the family but we had our own difficulties these many years . . . . still I do believe my family might have come to the rescue of this home, if we had known the situation, as there was interest in the history of the family ‘Ausbon’, yes.

    It is my earnest hope that the home can be someday restored and cared for in a way that would honor my distant cousin Neva, who so loved the home when she lived. So sad to hear this news.

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