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Longwood




Longwood, Milton, North Carolina
(Longwood)
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Longwood, once the home of such Caswell County notables as Romulus Mitchell Saunders and Maud Gatewood, has new owners as of September 1, 2005.


Architectural Summary

Description of "Longwood" from An Inventory of Historic Architecture--Caswell County, North Carolina, Ruth Little-Stokes (1979) at 138:

Photo 189. Romulus Saunders House (Longwood). Late 18th, early 19th century, ca. 1855. Antebellum 2-story frame plantation house built in three stages. The Greek Revival wing represents one of the most complete survivals of Greek Revival woodwork in the idiom attributed to Thomas Day, Saunders, a Caswell County native who became one of the state's most influential 19th century politicians, serving as United States Congressman, judge, and minister to Spain from 1846-1850, is believed to have lived at Longwood early in his career.
"Longwood" also was once owned by Yanceyville artist Maud Gatewood, who purportedly did substantial restoration work to the structure.


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South Elevation
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Main Parlor
Main Parlor

Fireplace
Fireplace

Hedged Front Walk
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Side Drive
Main Parlor

Greenhouse
Fireplace

West Rear and Side
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Main Hall Stairs
Main Parlor

Log Dependency #1
Fireplace

Log Dependency #1 Front Entrance
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Log Dependency #2
Main Parlor

Frame Dependency
Fireplace

Master Bath
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Plat
Main Parlor

Front (South) Elevation
Fireplace

West Elevation
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Rear and Well
Main Parlor

East Elevation
Fireplace

East Elevation
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East Entrance
Main Parlor

Front Entrance (South)
Fireplace

Southwest Corner
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Front View
Main Parlor

Historical Marker
Fireplace




Additional Description

Set forth below is an additional description of Longwood (Courtesy of Mancuso Realty):

The gated driveway leads to the federal-style home located near Milton, North Carolina, on Highway 62 that connects to nearby Yanceyville, North Carolina. The mellow exterior clapboarding and shuttered symmetrical windows are balanced by Greek Revival porches on two facades, each featuring four massive columns. Fenced and situated on 5.7 acres of trees and colossal boxwoods, the property includes a glass-paneled greenhouse.

The dependencies include a one-stall stable with fenced pasture, an unfinished servant quarters, two restored hand-hewn log homes (each with one bedroom and bath), and one restored clapboard residence (with one bedroom and bath). The home has an historic marker noting its landmark designation in North Carolina. The property was once owned by Romulus Mitchell Saunders, who served as U.S. Minister to Spain from 1845-49, as well as N.C. judge and congressman, and was a major political leader of his time.

The mantels are attributed to Thomas Day, an acclaimed free black cabinet and furniture maker, whose home and work shop (Union Tavern) is being restored as a museum in Milton. The formal dining room features Palladian-styled built-in cabinets framing the fireplace mantel. A breakfast room enhances the kitchen as well as a screened back porch. The front foyer and handsome stairwell are lighted by a carriage lamp chandelier. Renowned Southern artist, Maud Gatewood, who lived at Longwood, restored the home and its dependencies.

With 3400 sq. ft. of living space, the main residence has three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, and hardwood floors.


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