The Dempsey Wood House is a beautiful mid-1800s home in western Lenoir County, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
In the 1850s, construction on the house began on the plantation. Though construction was interrupted by the Civil War, documents show that the house was being lived in at the time. The two most striking visual aspects of the old house are the four large chimneys and the beautiful two-story porch.
A quote from the 1971 application for the National Register of Historic Places reads: “The Dempsey Wood House is an important example of the transition between the pure Greek Revival to the more elaborate Victorian eclecticism which was becoming popular jut before the Civil War. This curious structure is one of the few houses left which clearly exhibits this change in mid-19th century taste.”
Source: NCDCR Historic Places Archives
I have heard and read about James Davis, the first printer (and many, many other things) in North Carolina. But it wasn’t until recently that I unwittingly came upon his grave at Christ Episcopal Church on Pollock St. As you can see by the inscription on his marker, he was quite important. I’ve transcribed it below.
Established the art of printing in the Colony of North Carolina, 1749
Public printer to the Colony and the State
Published first book, fist newspaper and first magazine in North Carolina.
Member of the Council of State
Of the General Assembly
Of the Provincial Convention
Of the Provincial Congress
And of the Committee of Safety for the County of Craven and Town of New Bern
Judge of the Admiralty Court
Justice of the County Court
Sheriff of Craven County
Postmaster and Contractor to convey the public mails from Suffolk to Wilmington
Printed currency for the colony.”
As part of my job as a photographer, I spend a lot of time driving through the countryside in Lenoir, Greene, Jones and Craven Counties while going from point a to b. When I have time, I like to try different backroads to see what there is to see. Occasionally I stumble upon something neat. These photos are some of those spots.
(Trenton, Jones Co. House has since been demolished)
A 200 year old oak tree shades an uninhabited house outside of Kinston in Lenoir Co.
Eastern Lenoir County
Lenoir County, just outside Kinston
'Under Cover.' Jones Co.
Kinston, Lenoir Co.
Kinston, Lenoir Co.
Brick Kitchen Rd., Lenoir Co. (House has since been demolished)
Semi-restored shack. Jones Co.