This lovely 2 story stone house was built by Hezekiah Alexander in 1774. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, this home is the oldest home still standing in Mecklenburg County. The homestead originally encompassed 600 acres.
Alexander was originally a blacksmith, but after moving to Mecklenburg County he became a Justice of the Peace as well as a planter. He is one of the original signers of the May 20, 1775 Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He also served as a delegate to the Fifth Provincial Congress. He was quite wealthy and an influential member of the local community. He had this large and impressive home built for himself, his wife, and 10 children.
The home, reminiscing of the houses of Maryland and Pennsylvania, was built from stone quarried from nearby. In parts of the house the walls are 28 feet thick and tapering to 14 inches at the roof. When the home was restored in the 1950’s, very little had to be done to the exterior. The stone had allowed the home to remain solid for almost 200 years.
In the 1950s the Daughter’s of the Revolution saved from the home from the wrecking ball. Today the home is run by the DAR and the Hezekiah Alexander Foundation and is part of the Charlotte Museum of History.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the home. Downstairs you tour the dining room, the master bedroom, as well as the parlor where Mr. and Mrs. Alexander would have once entertained guests. Upstairs the children’s room as well as guest rooms can be seen as well as a large loom which of course would not have been placed in this room at the time the owners lived here. Most likely the loom would have been in the kitchen area and a slave would have woven wool. Once you walk into the bedroom on your right make sure to take a look down. Here you can see the beautiful herb garden that has been planted. The house is furnished with pieces from the 1700-1800’s and a few pieces are from the Alexander family.
Not done just yet! Read on for part 2.