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Property Name Orton Plantation (Boundary Increase)
Reference Number 13000698
State North Carolina
County Brunswick
Town Winnabow
Street Address 9149 Orton Road Southeast
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/9/2013
Areas of Significance AGRICULTURE, ARCHITECTURE, Landscape architecture, Politics/Government, Social history, Archaeology
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Orton Plantation occupies a storied place in the history of the Lower Cape Fear region and the state of North Carolina. Over the course of nearly three centuries, since its core lands were acquired by Roger Moore in the 1720s, Orton achieved a legendary status and gained recognition locally , regionally, and across the state. The Orton Plantation Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation comprises some 826 acres of woodlands, former rice fields , roads, water courses, two cemeteries, and gardens, together with the mansion house of the same name that has served as the plantation seat in successive guises since ca. 1730-1732, a private family chapel, and associated outbuildings. Orton Plantation Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation meets National Register Criteria A, B, C, and D, and holds local significance in the areas of landscape architecture, social history, and archaeology, and statewide significance in the areas of agriculture, architecture , and politics/government. The period of significance begins in 1751 with Roger Moore's death and interment in the cemetery where his imposing brick vault and those of other members of his family stand. Shaded by live oaks, this family cemetery is located at the north end of the promontory on which Orton, the mansion, holds the place of honor. The period of significance ends in ca. 1960 by which time repairs to its fabric, the landscape, and plantings in its gardens, following on the destruction of Hurricane Hazel on 15-16 October 1954, and the plans for the scroll garden , overlooks, and lagoon bridge designed in 1958-1959 by Morley Jeffers Williams and his wife, Nathalia, were effected. Over this period the property has held associations with a series of people important in its life and on a larger civic stage, most notably Roger Moore (1694-1751), its founder, and Dr. Frederick Jones Hill (1792-1861) , who oversaw its antebellum prosperity as a rice plantation and introduced the bill in the House of Commons in 1839 that was reconciled with a senate bill and produced the legislation creating a public school system in North Carolina. Roger Moore is associated with the property's significance in the areas of social history and agriculture. Frederick Jones Hill is associated with its significance in the areas of social history, agriculture, architecture, and politics/government.


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