Antebellum farm house up for sale

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A historical reminder of New Hanover County’s agricultural past is up for sale.

The Martindale house witnessed the Civil War, the Great Depression and both World Wars. Now it can be yours.

“To find a farmhouse still intact with some out buildings is amazing,” Historic Wilmington Foundation Executive Director George Edwards said.

The Martindale house is one of the oldest homes in New Hanover County. The property was constructed some time in the early 18th century and used as a costal farm house.

Now this property is the center of the Belle Meade subdivision.

“I think in our community, the historic nature of the town, it is important to try to embrace this and build a community around it,” said Matthew DiGioia, the original developer for Belle Meade Plantation.

He says it was important to build around this historic home to save a piece of history.

“This house was originally part of a 975-acre farm in New Hanover County. This farm extended all the way to the Intracostal Waterway,” real estate agent Michael Otelsberg said.

A Confederate bullet hole still remains in the siding of the home. There’s also a nearby dairy shed. They are reminders of the role this community played in history.

Edwards says this home is a special gem that will remind people of what historic homes looked like in the south.

“Perhaps even enlighten people that when they think plantation in the south, everything is not white columns and large houses, but simple working cottages like this that people made a living and contributed to the growth and development of this community,” Edwards said.

If you would like to check out the Martindale house, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is planning a reception in May at the home to celebrate National Preservation Month.

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