Summaries of Significant Mecklenburg County Rural Resources
Henry Galloway House (MK 1544), Galloway Road. The first story of
this house was erected in 1890 by Henry Galloway. The second story was added
soon after. The property was owned by a descendent until at least 1988. The
Galloways have raised cotton and corn on the property as evidenced by the
log combination corn crib and granary, log barn, frame barn, and frame
garage. The log buildings may be older than the house while the frame
structures are from the early twentieth century. The house is two stories of
one room depth and has three rear ells. While the house has had several
alterations, the property is significant because of its collection of
outbuildings and adjacent fields. I-85 runs just to the east of the
property, but does not presently have tremendous impact since there is no
on/off ramp from Galloway Road.
Grier Farm (U-22), McKee & Tilley Morris Roads. This is an
excellent example of a pyramidal cottage. The pyramidal form was extremely
popular in the early years of the twentieth century. It may also be called a
transitional cottage form since it has influences from the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries. The simple form is usually associated with owners of
middle to lesser financial means. It is important to have such examples to
give a complete summary of the history of rural Mecklenburg and its variety
of people. The expansive fields are a lone survivor of the rural landscape
in an area which is experiencing rapid and unremitting suburbanization.
Additional research is underway to learn more about the history of this
property, which was not included in the Gatza survey.
The two pictures above are the John Grier house (top) and
John Grier House (MK 1365), Brown - Grier Road. The lovely vista
towards this house from the corner of Steele Creek and Brown - Grier road
indicates this property's importance as a remnant of Mecklenburg's rural
past in a rapidly developing area. The house is a classic I-house form with
full length, shed roof first floor front porch and a small second story
porch over the entry. Several historic and a few modern farm buildings are
associated with the property.
William Grier House (MK 1364). Steele Creek Road. The main block of
the building was constructed in 1828 in the Federal style. The one and half
story rear wing was added around 1840 and exhibits elements of the Federal
and Greek Revival styles. The ornate Federal trim makes this house an
important architectural example of early Mecklenburg County despite its lack
of original outbuildings. This is a locally designated historic landmark.
Hayes - Byrum Store (MK 1367), Steele Creek Road. This late
nineteenth century store still serves the Steele Creek community. The
simple, gable-roofed building has a brick false front with hipped roof
porch. A central entry is flanked by a two over two light window on each
side. Operated by George Hayes, this store was sold to Lester Byrum around
the turn of the century. It is an important example that preserves both the
building and the original use of the property. Before significant road
improvement in the 1920s, country stores were the lifeline of rural
communities. The property is listed in the National Register of Historic
Places and is a locally designated historic landmark.
Hennigan Place (MK 1180), Tilley Morris Road. The 1845 house was
moved in 1973 to avoid destruction. It was originally located adjacent to
the James K. Polk farm in southern Mecklenburg County. Belonging to James
Hennigan, a prominent Methodist, this house is a fine example of the local
interpretation of the Greek Revival style. The style is expressed here in
the four Doric porch columns and simple transom with sidelights at the entry
of the I-house. A log barn has been moved near the house giving some
indication of its original appearance. This property is a locally designated
Hinson Store (MK 1169), Arlington Church Road. Eli Hinson is said
to have bought this property because there was a brick mill behind the
present store. Hinson's first store was a frame structure across the street
beside the house originally owned by Col. David Kerr. However, this brick
store building was probably erected in the late nineteenth century from
bricks made on site. Three lunette or half-round windows adorn the side of
the front gable building. The building is moderately deteriorated.
Eugene Wilson Hodges Farm (MK 1265), Rocky River Road. Comprising
about 187 acres this is an extremely valuable resource preserving
agricultural life in the early twentieth century. The circa 1906 triple-A,
I-house is accompanied by numerous outbuildings including a tenant house,
chicken coops, dairy barns, sheds, wellhouse, granary, silos, and other
barns. This pristine farmstead is invaluable to preserving rural Mecklenburg
County. The property is a locally designated historic landmark and is listed
on the National Register of Historic Places.
Holly Bend (MK 9), Neck Road. Built in 1800 by Robert Davidson, the
Federal house was originally designed to face the river rather than the road
as it does now. This configuration was common among southern river
plantations in a day when boat travel was far easier than overland. Robert
Davidson eventually became one of the county's largest slaveholders with
over 100 slaves. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places
and is a locally designated historic landmark.
John M. Hood House (MK 1266), Hood Road. Probably built in the
1870s, the original portion of this house was a two room, one story tall
dwelling. The second story was added in the 1910s or 1920s after a third
room was added to the original house. Thus, the house is now in the I-house
form. Outbuildings include a mid-nineteenth century log barn and Pine Hill
schoolhouse, which was moved to this farm around 1923.
Hopewell Presbyterian Church (MK 1498), Beatties Ford Road. The
earliest part of this church was constructed in 1833. The brick are laid in
the Flemish bond pattern accented by glazed headers, or bricks whose ends
are exposed. Renovations were made in the 1860s including the front facade
and interior galleries. The congregation at Hopewell was begun by the
inexhaustible Reverend Alexander Craighead of Sugaw Creek and Rocky River
Presbyterian Churches between 1758 and 1766. Despite several additions this
church is one of the best preserved examples of an ante-bellum brick church
in the county. The property is a locally designated historic landmark and is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
House (U - 32), Beatties Ford Road. This T-plan house has Folk
Victorian elements. The front porch has paired, turned posts and sawn-work
brackets. Located across from Hopewell Presbyterian Church, this building
contributes to the late nineteenth century character of the area.
Hovis - Spratt House (MK 1504), Hawfield Road. Originally located in
the Steele Creek community, this house was begun prior to the Civil War by
Franklin Hovis. Completed after the war, the simple I-house form has little
decorative detail. Once the seat of a significant farm, this structure was
moved in 1986 to avoid demolition. Although important to the understanding
of architecture in rural Mecklenburg County in the 1850s and 1860s, this
house lost much of its significance when moved. Thus, it is an example of
the importance of maintaining the integrity of farmsteads rather than simply
removing them from danger. The property is a locally designated historic
The two pictures above are the Hubbard Dairy Farm barn
(top) and house (bottom)
Hubbard Dairy Farm (U - 25), Brown Mill Road. This farm is an
excellent example of a late 1930s or early 1940s farmstead. Still operating
as a dairy farm, the complex has at least two barns and a milking parlor.
The farmhouse is a small brick building in the English Cottage style.
Although the house is not remarkable, the farm is representative of its era.
The farm was not included in the 1988 Gatza Survey.