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The Haunting of Private Residence
Lincolnton, North Carolina

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 09/13/2013



Private Residence | Lincolnton, North Carolina
See the white figure in the doorway? No one was there!
Private Residence | Lincolnton, North Carolina Private Residence | Lincolnton, North Carolina Private Residence | Lincolnton, North Carolina

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I was looking at a house for sale & taking photos with my iPhone & caught this...

Have there been any other reports/sightings at this property? It is a pre civil war home built in 1840.


MarkTee Posted: 11/06/2013
Digging for info, here is some historical data: In 1800 forty-eight whites and forty-four slaves lived in the town.By 1816, growth had continued to the point that the General Assembly authorized the laying off of additional lots in the town on land previously set aside, reserving tracts for an academy and a church. By 1820, the number of town lots had expanded from the original 100 to 161. The sale of town lots provided for the construction, ca. 1821, of the Pleasant Retreat Academy for male students; it was followed several years later by the construction of a female academy (Brown and York, 262). Lincolnton continued to grow. According to the Lincoln Courier of July 30, 1845, by that time five attorneys maintained offices along East Main Street,six physicians had their offices along both East and West Main Street, and six merchants surrounded the courthouse. Additionally, the town supported four hotels,four grocers, three tailors, a watchmaker and jeweler, a printer, three saddle and harness makers, five coach factories, five blacksmiths, a cabinetmaker, two tanners, two hat manufacturers, two shoemakers, and a coppersmith, as well as five carpenters and two brickmasons(Brown and York, 263). "Sherrill-Wilkey-Burgin House Lincolnton 324 West Main Street (See Weaver-Sherrill-Wilkey-Burgin)" "Weaver-Sherrill-Wilkey-Burgin House Lincolnton 324 West Main Street" There is an absence of a strong Queen Anne-style component in the district. However, it is noticeably hinted at in the decorative sawnwork front porch of the nineteenth-century Weaver-Sherrill-Wilkey-Burgin House (324).
MarkTee Posted: 11/06/2013
Still digging: "Weaver-Sherrill-Wilkey-Burgin House 3 24 West Main Street ca. 1840;ca. 1874 Contributing building Conrad Weaver likely built the oldest section of this house, that part located behind the two right front bays. His 1840 will left his dwelling and lot eleven on Lincolnton's northwest square to his second wife,Nancy Wesson Weaver. After her death in 1852, the house changed hands several times before it was sold in 1866 to Samuel Pinckney Sherrill (1834-1913). During his ownership, Sherrill served as clerk of superior court (1861-1874) and, subsequently, as magistrate. In 1868 he was also mayor of Lincolnton. Among his children was William Lander Sherrill, author of Annals of Lincoln County (1937). In 1874 L.T. Wilkey acquired the house and lot from Sherrill. He probably gave the house its present two-story form and porch detailing. Wilkey, with his brother, James, operated a wagon making and repair business in the western part of Lincolnton. From 1886 to 1894, he served as county treasurer. The house remained in Wilkey's family for more than a century. Subsequent to Wilkey himself, the house passed to his daughter, Lila Wilkey Burgin, then to her son, Thomas Burgin (1902-1982), and then to his daughter, Joanna Burgin Harbison. After about a century and a quarter, the house was finally sold out of Wilkey family ownership. The house is a two-story frame dwelling with a truncated hipped roof and both exterior and interior chimneys. The east end of the two-story portion of the house is one-room deep, while the west end is two rooms deep, forming an ell that wraps around the one-story shed rooms that likely constitute a portion of the original house. A later, one-story rear ell projects behind the west end of the house. The three-bay facade features a central hip-roofed entrance porch that serves as the decorative focal point of the exterior. The porch has three bays established by chamfered posts, and decorative sawnwork brackets. The original latticed balustrade remains at each comer, but the rest of the balustrade has been replaced recently with slender turned balusters. Even though recent alterations include the addition of vinyl siding, the replacement of the window sash and front entrance, as well as the altered porch balustrade, the house retains its essential r.Jneteenth-centwy form and exterior appearance. A picket fence has been added around the front of the house and a wood board fence across the rear and west side of the lot. (Brown) Shed Non-contributing building Near the rear of the west side yard stands a small wood shed of recent vintage with a gable roof, a central entrance on the long (east) side, and flanking windows.

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