|Contact name||John Dowd|
|Home area||2,400 sqft|
|Lot Area||0.22 acres|
The Granny Bond House
301 North Broad Street
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina
For more information: visit www.thegrannybond.com
Completed soon after the June 1871 marriage of Emma C. Hudgins and Henry A. Bond, Jr, this house was a wedding gift from the groom’s father. Henry was a respected merchant and proudly served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Emma was a loved member of the community and served the congregation of the historic Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church as organist. Together they had nine children and their beloved romantic home stayed in the family close to 100 years. Originally named the ‘Henry A. Bond, Jr’ house, over the years because of the person Emma was, it became known as the ‘Granny Bond House’.
Surrounded by history and nestled on a mature manicured corner lot, the main house, a Gothic Revival styled one-and-a-half-story, is likely the oldest dwelling example of this architecture in Edenton. In the book Edenton, An Architectural Portrait, by Thomas R. Butchko, the author refers to the home as “among the most distinctive in Edenton”. Her steep gable roof and wall dormers provide the setting for a fine scheme of decorative sawnwork. Stylized fleur-de-lis decorate the bargeboards and repeat on the balusters that enclose a generous wrap-a-round (570+/- sq ft) veranda – which provides a marvelous out-of-doors private living area where you can prop up your feet or stretch out and relax almost year round.
The interior (2358+/- sq ft) consists of a double arched center T-hall, parlor with archway and pocket doors that lead into the large family dining room with wood burning fireplace, a cozy southern exposed sitting room with gas log fireplace, 3 bedrooms (2 up/1 down), 1.5 baths (full bath opens to an enclosed porch), large eat-in kitchen with solid surface counters, floor to ceiling custom cabinets, built-in stainless appliances (gas cooktop), and a laundry nook with washer/dryer.
Both the side and rear of the home opens to a (3100+/- sq ft) bricked courtyard that provides tons of privacy and plenty of room to simply relax under the shade tree, cookout or entertain. For the gardener, there is just enough planting beds and green space to keep you happy, but will not monopolize your time – from iris to lilies, roses to hydrangea, there is always something blooming! Both pet and child friendly with custom fencing and 2 gated arbors, the courtyard connects the main house to a 2 car garage (side entrance private drive) and a (936+/- sq ft) family/guest cottage. Inside the cottage is a bedroom, full bath, large sitting room and a family game room – here, the current custodian has created a western themed ‘Bunkhouse’ complete with a saloon and pool table for her family’s enjoyment, but this cottage can be easily modified to fit any taste – and the possibilities are endless.
Both the main house and cottage have like-new Trane heating/air systems and ductwork. The home has hardwood floors throughout, much of which is original, lots of bright and cheery windows, 6 fireplaces (2 functioning, 4 currently decorative), storm windows and full view storm doors at the front and side entrances – the back door leading into the kitchen has a screen door – just like you’d expect to find at Granny’s house! There is also an irrigation system, motion security lights and dusk-to-dawn lamps. You’re just a pleasant stroll or bicycle ride to the waterfront, dining and shopping and, as one would expect, the Granny Bond is true to her name – charm awaits around every corner, she’s warm and welcoming, and a happy home that has witnessed much love over her almost 150 years. Whether you are searching for a full-time historic residence or a vacation/retirement home, you owe it to yourself to discover the Granny Bond.
Additional Buildings / Amenities
- Carriage House
- Finished Basement
- Guest Cottage