North Carolina Journals

A tour of homes.

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A March 2006 trip to North Carolina by vampirefan

One more look Photo, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington More Photos
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MPCI Boarding House

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One more look Photo, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
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This house was originally built in 1865 to be used as a boarding house at the then MPCI. The downstairs initially was used as a dining hall, while the second floor served as dorm rooms for students. The owner, Don, told us from information he has received, he believed there was a side room to this house as well. No one is sure of the purpose of this room, but if it existed it may have been used as a kitchen. A good number of the houses in my area of the country are designed in the simple Federal Style. This house features a classic second story porch.When the college was closed in 1933 many of the buildings were abandoned. Eventually another family purchased this lovely house in ...Read More

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Mount Pleasant Tour of Homes

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Attraction | "The Barrier House"

Mount Pleasant Tour of Homes Photo, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
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This lovely Victorian home was built in 1895 by Daniel Barrier for his daughter Mary Ella Barrier Welch. She married Roy Webster who taught at the NC College. This house was also used to house several students at the college. It was often referred to as the "Welch Barracks". The Barrier family was well known and loved throughout the community.The grand 2-story home has intricate and beautiful hand-sawn trim throughout the house, a bay window, and window hood. It has a beautiful wrap around porch in the front. The interior still has the original wainscoting, doors, and fireplaces, as well as hard wood floors. Just like the boarding house and many other houses connected to the college, w...Read More

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Mount Pleasant Tour of Homes
College Avenue
Mount Pleasant, NC

Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society

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Attraction | "ECHS Museum "

Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Photo,
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The ECHS Museum (Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society) started its life as a school before being established as a museum. It was built in 1852 and served as the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a school for boys before they began high school. The Western Carolina Male Academy served young men from 1855 to 1901. After closing it was reopened in 1903 to serve as the Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute (MPCI) until 1933. Eventually it was turned over to the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society who turned it into a museum.The beautiful 3-story Greek revival building is nestled in a grove of trees overlooking a knoll in the center of the historical district. Many of the histo...Read More

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Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society
1100 N. Main St.
Mount Pleasant, North Carolina 28124
(704) 436-6612

Mount Pleasant Tour of Homes

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Hotel | "The Hagen House"

Mount Pleasant Tour of Homes Photo, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
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Built in 1977, the Hagen house is a stunning example of some of the newer and beautiful homes in Mt. Pleasant. It was originally built in 1977 by the Furr family. In 1987 it was purchased by NASCAR team owner Billy Hagen. In 1998 he and his wife, Janice, began to restore the house. The modern designed house takes on French country flair inside thanks to the hard work of Janice who is an interior designer by profession.The breakfast room is magnificent with a view of the lake that surrounds the home. The kitchen features terra cotta tile and a custom wrought iron railing that separates the kitchen from the breakfast room. The front door features a magnificent Honduran mahogany door. Once ...Read More

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Mount Pleasant Tour of Homes
College Avenue
Mount Pleasant, NC

The Inn at Mt. Pleasant

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The Inn at Mt. Pleasant Photo, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
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Growing up in places such as England and Charleston, I have always found myself drawn to old places and especially old houses. I once attended a party where a friend had hired a medium. During a reading she told me I had a very old soul and it was no wonder I was utterly fascinated by old homes. So, when I first started dating John and he took me around Mt. Pleasant, I saw the Inn at Mt. Pleasant and was taken with this masterpiece. So imagine my delight a few years ago when there was an open house to raise money for the ECHS. The home was built in 1910 and was once the Luther Lipe House. Like many homes in the area, the inn also has connections to the former MPCI. It is likely that the former ...Read More

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The Inn at Mt. Pleasant
682 North Main Street
Mount Pleasant, North Carolina 28124
(704) 436-9386

Saratoga Springs

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Saratoga Springs Photo,
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Every since I moved to this area, I had noticed a sign for Saratoga Springs when I would be driving in the country. I kept asking my husband what the heck it was and he hadn’t a clue. Well, thanks to the tour of homes I now know what it is.Saratoga Springs was built by Larry and Tammy Honeycutt in 1999 and was designed to resemble a Southern Plantation home. It was designed by William E. Pool , who is a designer for Southern Living Magazine. It took 2 ½ years to bring this home to life. When you pull up into the gated driveway, you can easily imagine this stunning home sitting in the historic streets of Charleston or Savannah.When you step out of your car, your eye is immediately ...Read More

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Saratoga Springs
5550 Cauble Road
Mount Pleasant, North Carolina 28124
(704) 436-2249

Welcome to Mt. Pleasant

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Mount Pleasant is a small town with about 5000 residents that sits halfway between Concord and Albemarle. For the last 6 years I have been very blessed to call this small town my home. John and I left the hassle of living in Charlotte after I finished college and moved to the town my husband has always called home. Mt. Pleasant only has one stoplight, and is the kind of sleepy little town that you can easily miss if you don’t look hard for her. I came from an equally small town and fell in love with this tiny gem the first time John brought me for a visit. Six years later my love for my new home town has not worn off.Life here moves at its own pace. Mt. Pleasant is the kind of place where no on...Read More