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Property Name Waller House
Reference Number 14000519
State North Carolina
County Forsyth
Town Plafftown
Street Address 9186 Reynolda Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/25/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Waller House, which comprises two of Forsyth County's oldest extant hewn log dwellings, manifests the utilization of traditional building practices and available resources as early settlers established farms in the North Carolina Piedmont. Henry and Sarah Waller likely erected the one-andone-half-story, side-gable-roofed, single-room log house soon after they arrived in what was then Surry County around 1770. As the Waller family grew and prospered during the early nineteenth century, they expanded their holdings with the construction of the adjacent two-story side-gable-roofed log residence that features a hall-parlor first-floor plan. The one-room building retains a vernacular mantel with classical pilasters, an enclosed corner stair, and flush-board interior sheathing, while the two-story dwelling has a horizontal-board partition wall and an enclosed central stair with a straight run. Other significant elements include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century board-and-batten doors and hardware, double-hung wood-sash windows, and wide board floors. The dwelling's period of significance is circa 1770 to 1 790 for the one-and-one-half-story house and circa 1800 to 1820 for the two-story-house, encompassing the two buildings' likely completion dates. The rarity of comparable Forsyth County residences of this age, plan, and hewn, V -notched log method of construction makes the buildings meet National Register Criterion C for architecture.

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