july 14

Town Tuesday: Twin Chimneys 1768

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Another one of Hillsborough’s oldest homes. ~Vic

Twin Chimneys Image One
Photo Credit: Library of Congress
Historic American Buildings Survey
February 1965

Twin Chimneys, so named for the paired chimneys in each gable end, is sited on a hill on West King Street, directly across from the Colonial Inn and the Parks-Richmond House […]. An iron gate from Stewart Iron Works in Cincinnati, Ohio, separates the house from the pedestrian traffic of the sidewalk. [It] is reputedly a pre-Revolutionary house, however, the exact date of construction is not known. It is important to note that a house is sited at the exact location on the 1768 Sauthier Map of Hillsborough but, it cannot be assumed that the houses are the same.

Twin Chimneys Image Two
05-20-2019
Twin Chimneys Image Three
07-14-2020
Twin Chimneys Gate Image Four
Left side gate.
Photo Credit: Pinterest

This is a most delightful old house, with four huge chimneys and a second-floor balcony, from which a view of the busy thoroughfare, King Street, may have been enjoyed down through the years. The lot on which it stands was once owned by Edmund Fanning.

It is interesting to know that this house was the setting for the old romantic novel, “Joscelyn Cheshire.” According to the story, the heroine concealed her lover in the attic to protect him from Cornwallis’ army. The house served at one time as Hillsborough’s Post Office.

Archibald DeBow Murphey was a North Carolina politician known as the “Father of Education” in his state for his proposals that benefited public works and public education. [Murphey] died at Twin Chimneys in Hillsborough on February 1, 1832. He is buried at the Presbyterian Church […]. The town of Murphy, North Carolina (despite its spelling) was named after him.

Additional Information & Sources:
Twin Chimneys Photos (Library of Congress)
National Register of Historic Places Inventory (PDF) (North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources)
Twin Chiimneys (Open Orange NC)
Joscelyn Cheshire Full Text (Project Gutenberg)

Twin Chimneys Image Five
06-22-2018

Shutterbug Saturday: The Town

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I’ve posted enough times about the small town I live in. It’s old, it’s eclectic and it is walk-able. It’s also way too expensive, unfortunately. But, I am enjoying it while I am here. ~Vic

Courthouse Image One
Orange County Courthouse
09-28-2019
Library Image Tow
Local Library
10-06-2018
Old Cedar Walk Image Three
Old Cedar Walk Sign
06-13-2018
The Cedar Walk Image Four
The Cedar Walk Circa 1818
07-17-2018
Old Courthouse Image Five
Old Courthouse
07-17-2018
Old Courthouse Back Entrance Image Six
Old Courthouse
Back Entrance
07-14-2019

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Foto Friday: Critter Collections 4.0

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My fourth installment of all things critter. All photos and video are my personal collection. ~Vic
Part I/Part II/Part III

Spiderweb Image One
Lovely web.
04-15-2017
Spiderweb Image Two
Spider nowhere to be found.
Stink Bug Image Three
Oh, the stink bugs…
It’s a cat toy when it gets in the house.
Brown Marmorated Halyomorpha Halys
07-10-2017
Green Critter Image Four
Grasshopper of some sort.
He seems comfortable on my Coleus.
07-14-2017
Garden Spider Image Five
Argiope Aurantia, McKinley spider or zigzag spider.
It maintained a web in the Sedums for several days.
07-25-2017
Daddy Longlegs Image Six
Opilione, harvester, harvestman or Daddy Longlegs.
Ever seen a group of them bob? It’s a weird thing to see.
07-25-2017
Spider Hole Image Seven
I see feet but, I don’t know what kind it is.
07-25-2017
Orb Weaver Image Eight
Neoscona Crucifera, Orb Weaver or big, fat spider on the house.
09-17-2017