WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This house on Chestnut Street is suspected to have been a gift to William Eckel from his mother sometime around 1882.
Eckel was a ship chandler, servicing ships with supplies in the Wilmington harbor. He was also a salvager. He took sunken vessels from the Cape Fear and salvaged what he could.
In fact, one of the keys to dating the house is the wide plank floors that indicate they were taken from a sunken ship.
Historian Edward Turberg says this house is a unique experience.
“I think as soon as you walk in the front door you get an experience that you’re in an old house,” Turberg said. “It might have been fairly frequently restored, but it has all the feeling that an old house should have.”
The William Eckel house is one of 10 homes on the 2017 Historic Home Tour.