REEDY FORK RANCH

REEDY FORK RANCH

110
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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1887
/ Modified in
2003
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  • Wed, 09/28/2022 - 9:53am by gary

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110
,
Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1887
/ Modified in
2003
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

Built in 1887 on 3200 acres in Greensboro, NC, Reedy Fork Ranch is a magnificent example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture. The current owners brought it to Chapel Hill in 2003 and meticulously restored it.

From a Preservation North Carolina Instagram post on 9/27/2022:

"Reedy Fork (Great Oaks) is an impressive two-and-one-half-story Queen Anne-style house was built for wealthy Philadelphia lawyer James W.M. Cardeza. He built the house between 1887 and 1893 using the finest materials and furnishings. The house is full of history, but one story I thought was really cool had to do with James’s wife, Charlotte Cardeza, and their son, Thomas Cardeza (36). In 1912 they boarded the Titanic on its maiden voyage. When the ship hit an iceberg and started sinking, the crew ordered women and children into life boats. Charlotte Cardeza refused unless her son came too. Charlotte, Thomas and two servants escaped. Wow!

Now on to the preservation story! In the early 2000’s [sic] the house was at risk for demolition due to development. With the help of Preservation Greensboro, and many local residents, the developer decided to donate the structure to Preservation NC as long as we moved it off of the property. In 2004 we found a preservation minded buyer for the property, and they were willing to move it to a lot in Chapel Hill. The house was disassembled and moved it from it’s original location in Greensboro to Chapel Hill where it was put back together and rehabilitated by the Kroegers. Well done!"

From Preservation North Carolina Instagram post, 9.27.2022

From Preservation North Carolina Instagram post, 9.27.2022

From Preservation North Carolina Instagram post, 9.27.2022

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