WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Charles O. McNair house was originally built in 1915 for Charles O. McNair, a wholesale grocer.
The house was also home to two African American physicians. It also served as two different black funeral homes, the Robert H. Scott funeral home and the Smith Family Funeral Home.
The current owners, Harry and Nancy Smith, were not related to the previous owners.
It took the Smith’s three years to renovate their home. The couple even built a makeshift museum upstairs with the tools the previous owners left behind.
The home is not your typical historic house in Downtown Wilmington, but Nancy said it is one you do not want to miss out on.
“It’s just like a really great feeling. You know, you would think that, you know, a funeral home everyone asks ‘Oh, do you have any bad spirits in there?’ And it’s completely the opposite. It’s just like a good vibe and we’re very happy here,” Nancy said.
Besides the old funeral home’s tools, Nancy said her favorite part of the house is an 18-foot painting their friend designed for them in their dining room.