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Property Name Valentine-Wilder House
Reference Number 13001028
State North Carolina
County Nash
Town Spring Hope
Street Address 8194 Webb's Mill Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/31/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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The Valentine-Wilder House, located just over a mile southwest of the town of Spring Hope in Nash County, North Carolina, meets National Register Criterion C as a remarkably intact example of an Arts and Crafts-influenced, Rustic Revival-style log house from the mid-l920s. Built for the family ofltimous Thaddeus (I. T.) Valentine Sr., an attorney and associate jus ti fort h North Carolina Supreme Court, the hou se exud es the unadorned rustic aesthetic popular in the log revival movement of the pre-D e pre sion era. Its saddJ e-n tched constru ction , nalu ral ized interior finishes, and the extensive and honestly executed use of wood and stone exemplifies t he idiom and makes the Valentine-Wilder House an outstanding example of its style and a rarity in Nas h County. Built to harmonize with its heavily landscaped setting, the house displays peeled and dark-stained log walls, log rafter tails and purloins, stone chimneys and a stone foundation, and organic interior finishes, such as the Adirondack-style stair balustrade built of cypress and pine branches in their natural forms and anchored by a newel post crafted from a cedar tree trunk. In 1934, the Valentines sold the house to Roy Wilder Sr., who passed the house to his son, newspaper writer, author, and political consultant Roy Wilder Jr., who lived here until his death in 2012. The Wilders named the house Gourd Hollow for the gourds they grew on the property. The Valentine-Wilder House is locally significant with a period of significance of ca. 1925, its date of construction.


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