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Submitted: Thu, 05/16/2013 - 3:48am
Updated: Thu, 05/16/2013 - 3:57am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are many 100 year old houses in Wilmington but this one is over 200 years old.

Gary Sutherland knows the history of the Langdon house in this week’s building history.

“This house was built in 1808,” Gary Sutherland facilities manager explains. “ Richard Langdon bought the property in 1807. He died two years later 1810 and it went to his wife, she died shortly after that. It’s been moved family to family many times over the years.”

Early residents had one thing in common and it wasn’t too lucky.

“They had very short lives, one of the youngest residents was 16 years old, her mother died and left her the house to live in as long as she remained single. She died the next year, so she didn’t remain in the house too long.” Sutherland said.

The Langdon house has a style but it’s debatable.

“Some would call it a Georgian style. Georgian style is just a big block house, typically two story, center door, windows symmetrical. the only thing to change it to a federal style is to add a few embellishments. you would have a fan shaped window over the door,. This one is has a window over the door but it’s not curved.” Sutherland said.

Inside the home is large with tall windows and nine fireplaces. First Presbyterian Church owns the property and they see that it serves the community.

“Right now the church loans this house to Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network. They use the house to help families get on their own feet, they put families in one to three apartments, let them stay here and save their money as they get out on their own. We feel that is the best use for the property at this time.” Sutherland offered.
The house is usually home to visiting families so the interior is private but you can stroll by and see the outside at 314 Orange Street.

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