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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

1880 Victorian Gothic - Mocksville, NC

3 Beds; 2 Baths; 2551 Sq.Ft.
768 N. Main St. Mocksville, NC 27028
1.12 Acres
Built: 1880
Status: Sold

Realtor Blurb:
Large 1 1/2 story historic brick home located minutes from downtown Mocksville. Just waiting to be restored. Pine wood floors throughout. Acre plus lot with possible development potentials. "First Time Buyers, complete the HomePath Ready Buyer home ownership course on HomePath site, attach certificate to offer and request up to 3% closing cost assistance, check site more details" Restrictions apply. Agents please see AGENT ONLY REMARKS. Investor offers will not be review until 20 days from 09-18-2015.

My Notes: This is the Abraham M. Nail house. It's also foreclosed; hence the reasonable price. Zillow says it was sold in  '07, but I have linked a WS Journal story below that says it was for sale in '13. I don't know what happened between then and now, but this is such an unusual house.
From the article: 
"According to an index of historical homes in the county, A.M. Nail, a descendant of some of the first settlers in the area, built the house in the late 1880s.
It was distinctive for its gothic architecture and, as the story goes, for having the first doorbell in Mocksville (the doorbell still works). Other features in the two-story, brick home include six fireplaces, a two-tiered front porch, carnival glass panes around the door frame, hardwood floors with wide planks and an ornate staircase with walnut balusters and alcoves on either side of the front porch. The home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A.M. Nail worked with Forepaugh Circus and later, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. He and his wife, Ida, raised five children in the home. Among their frequent visitors was his sister, Maria, who at some 37 inches tall, was a circus performer and wife to John Mertz, who was 41 inches tall.
The house stayed in Nail’s family until the mid-1900s.

Here's the link to the WS Journal article: Winton Salem Journal
And here's a link to the listing as it looked in 2013; courtesy Circa Old Houses
Lots of interior photos with furnishings there,as well as some good exterior ones that show more than the Realtor/Estately links above.

Love this house. Would like to put an iron fence around the front of the property and really do the Gothic thing right. 

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