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Property Details: Reedy Rill
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Property Information
Reedy Rill
326 Twitty Road
Warrenton, NC
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Price: $175,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 4,400
Lot Description/Acreage:
Lot Size: 75 acres/ Zoning: Residential
Year Built:
1829-1846
 
Contact Information
Name: Cathleen Turner, Regional Director
Agency: Preservation NC, Piedmont Office
Phone: (919) 401-8540
Fax: (919) 832-1651
Email: Send an email...
 
Property History
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Property Description
Reedy Rill is a significant Greek Revival/Italianate-style house in picturesque Warren County. Built in two phases, the earliest section was constructed sometime between 1829 and 1846 for Ann Arnold Key and Daniel Turner, the daughter and son-in-law of Francis Scott Key. Its expansion and fashionable updates were likely commissioned by Richard B. Robinson who purchased Reedy Rill in 1854. The resulting form and exuberant detail are thought to be the work of Jacob Holt, a popular builder among the area’s tastemakers. Reedy Rill has been in the Twitty Family for over a century.

An archival photo of Reedy Rill provides valuable evidence of the fanciful decorative woodwork that was once displayed on the exterior. Against an otherwise traditional Greek Revival form, Holt added Italianate brackets along the roof cornice, placed two-story engaged pilasters at each corner, and arranged paired porch posts linked by delicate woodwork, brackets and balustrade along the wide one-story front porch. Though much of its more exuberant decoration was lost or removed, remaining features include the engaged corner pilasters, tall graceful paired windows with arched top sashes with tracery, an elaborate front entrance with double-leaf arched panel doors, a transom and sidelights accentuated by delicate tracery within arched and circular windows, and divided by heavy brackets and molding. The low, hipped-roof is punctuated by two interior stucco chimneys, and the tall stone foundation housing a full basement is finished with scored stucco.

Reedy Rill’s impressive interior begins with the remarkably well-preserved decorative paint finish in the large front entrance hall. The colorful trompe l’oeil plaster walls simulate marble blocks with a marbleized baseboard. Woodwork in several of the rooms throughout the first floor is beautifully finished with a variety of faux woodgrain on doors, mantels and baseboards. Woodwork throughout the house displays a variety of patterns and elements, inspired by pattern books of the day including some familiar Jacob Holt mantels. The staircase, located in the earliest section of the house, also displays fine marbleized-risers. The second floor repeats the first floor plan with four large rooms divided by a wide center hall. Doors and mantels display fine woodgrain and various paneling schemes. The kitchen and bathrooms were placed in an enclosed, full-width back porch. The basement is accessible by interior stairs below the main staircase or an outside door.

The house has been unoccupied for several years and will require a complete rehabilitation including restoration of the front porch and windows, structural repair of the rear addition (or construction of a new addition), new bathrooms and kitchen, plus new mechanical systems. The once admired winding front drive has become overgrown, though several of the ancient boxwoods survive. This remarkable property has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since the early 1970s and is eligible for tax credits.
 
Additional Notes
Located near Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake and only an hour from Raleigh, Warren County is admired for its picturesque scenery, charming character, and remarkably preserved historic buildings. Warren County is located along Interstate 85 and is known as a "gateway of the Carolinas." It retains an impressive collection of intact plantation houses and a variety of architecture harkening to its heyday as a center of agricultural enterprise, academies, home to leading political figures, and sulfur springs resorts that drew famous names to the area first by wagon then by train. Dozens of properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places including much of historic Warrenton, the county seat. Only one hour to Research Triangle Park region and 1.5 hours to Richmond, VA.
Last Updated: June 26, 2020
All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


 
 

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