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Save This Old Fixer Upper c.1834 Civil War Field Hospital $75K

4976 Ross West Rd, Dunn, NC 28334      $60,000 Increased in Price to $75,000

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Save this old house ~ the William Turner Smith House, used as a field hospital for wounded Union troops in the Battle of Averasboro in 1865. Built in 1834, the house requires extensive rehabilitation, but is eligible for tax credits.

William Turner Smith

William Turner Smith (1810-1855) was the youngest of the surviving sons of John Smith and Isabella Campbell. He inherited a large parcel of land from his father on which he built Ashwood Plantation. After William died in 1855, his wife, Mary Campbell Smith, raised their eight children here, Julia, Robert, Mary, Walter, John, James, Sarah and Alice, during the Civil War.

Walter inherited the house, after which Wyler Smith inherited it. Wyler remodeled the home and eventually sold it out of the family.

For more information, visit North Carolina Preservation.

The Battle

Can you imagine having a battle right outside your family’s doorstep? One story is told how the family’s baby grand piano was used as an operating table.

The Battle of Averasboro occurred on March 16, 1865. Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman was moving his army north towards Goldsboro in two columns when the left wing came under assault by the Confederates. Each side suffered around 700 casualties.



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Save This Old House Available for Restoration: ARCHITECTURAL DREAM STEEPED IN HISTORY! Stately 1835 Federal house with exquisite woodwork once served as a Civil War field hospital. Rural two-acre setting belies its close proximity to Fayetteville, Research Triangle, and RDU International Airport in the 5th most populated county in North Carolina.

The William T. Smith House is one of three Smith family plantations that all served as field hospitals during the 1865 Battle of Averasboro. The substantial 4,000+ square foot house features numerous high-style architectural elements. The exquisite woodwork throughout is an architectural lover’s dream. The house requires complete rehabilitation, but qualifies for historic preservation tax credits. Excellent location minutes from I-95 provides the best of rural living with city amenities close-by. Nearby access to the Cape Fear River Trail offers exceptional water-related outdoor activities.

Virtual Tour available here.


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Earlier photo of the William T. Smith House.4976a


















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