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Property Name Savage, William and Susan, House
Reference Number 14000518
State North Carolina
County Edgecombe
Town Leggett
Street Address 704 NC 97 East
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/25/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture, Art
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After purchasing a large tract of land in rural Edgecombe County in 1815, planter William Savage proceeded to build a fine Federal-style house that has remained remarkably unaltered through the years. Located in eastern North Carolina, Edgecombe County at the time was replete with pine forests that provided settlers with an abundant supply of dense, heart pine that was choice wood for building long-lasting frame dwellings. The county also possessed rich soils that encouraged the cultivation of a wide variety of crops, and especially cotton by midcentury, enabling it to become one of the strongest agricultural economies in the state. After William Savage died in 1840, his more than 900 acres, here and elsewhere in the county, were divided among his six children. The house was home to members of the Savage family from the time of its construction until the early 1880s and remained in family ownership until 1893.

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