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Historic Homes in Matthews NC

The 2009 Home and Garden Tour was the perfect opportunity to visit historic homes in Matthews NC.  Warm sunny weather allowed visitors to walk from one historic house to another in downtown MatthewsHistoric Home in Matthews NCThe names of the homes reflect the names of the families who were the early inhabitants and community builders of Matthews.  At each of the homes, docents related stories of the Lemmonds, the Reids, the Funderburks, the Renfrows, and the Furrs, who were the first owners of the properties.  Some descendents of the families who lived in these historic homes in Matthews NC visited during the tour and added their memories to the lore of the homes.

I hope you enjoy the stories of these historic homes in Matthews NC as much as I did when I toured them.

The Funderburk-Johnson House

This beautiful home has just been fully restored.  It is a Queen Anne Style Colonial Revival house built by B.D. Funderburk in 1880.  It was expanded in 1904 into a three-story home and a Victorian curvilinear porch was added.  Mr. Funderburk and his brothers ran a general store in Matthews as well as the Bank of Matthews and a livery stable.

The Lemmond-Clayton House

Historic Home in Matthews NC

This home also has been recently restored.  It was built in the early 1900s as a single story home and a second story was added in the 1920s.  It was unoccupied from 1984 until 1997 when the Claytons purchased the home.  The Claytons plan to open the house soon as a bed and breakfast.

The Furr-Jamison House

One of the oldest homes in Matthews, this house was built in 1877 by Julius Grier so that his eight children could attend school in Matthews.  After the school year was over, the Grier family would move to their farm on Providence Road.  The Furr family bought the home, added five rooms and turned it into a boarding house.  The home today houses two businesses.

The Renfrow-Lemmond House

Historic Home in Matthews NC

John Renfrow built this Arts and Crafts or Craftsman-style home in 1924.  It was purchased by Rea Lemmond in the 1930s and occupied by the Lemmond family until 2004.  It was restored in 2005 and is now used as commercial office space.

The Reid House

The most famous of the historic homes in Matthews NC is the Reid House built in 1890.  It is owned by the Matthews Historical Foundation and is available for meetings and special events.  Click here to learn more about the Reid House. 

Read more about downtown Matthews NC:

Downtown Matthews NC Farmers Market

Downtown Matthews NC Walkable Neighborhoods

Works of Art in Downtown Matthews

Visit www.CarolinaSmallTownLiving to learn more about buying and selling homes in Matthews NC.

About the author:  Carol Fox of Allen Tate Realtors at 704-814-6242 has been helping families find the right homes and neighborhoods in Matthews NC for over twenty years.

Copyright 2009.  Carol Fox.  *Historic Homes in Matthews NC*

Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2009 3:30 PM by Carol Fox

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