In the early days of the settlement of North Carolina, the Harrell’s, among others, inhabited a land grant given by the King of England, “Lands drained by the Northeast Cape Fear River and the Cape Fear River.” At any rate, it was enough land to accommodate these families for generations. And so the Harrell House has served us as a vacation home while our grandchildren have grown up. We hope it can now serve others as a retreat from the hurry and pressures of modern life, as a simple Bed and Breakfast home.
Its walls are the original exterior clapboards with displays of civil war farm instruments, as well as the carpentry tools used to build the house in 1897. The adjoining porches and the terrace can be used for eating spaces as well. At the end of the dining room is a small sitting area, with Cousin Cora’s antique horsehair couch and a TV. The “dogtrot” hall has pictures of the past and present inhabitants of the house, and leads to the front porch, where you can enjoy rocking chairs. Another hall has a working pump organ, a “hall tree” and a place to take off your boots if you have been for a walk in the woods or a wading in the creek! The farm kitchen has modern appliances, but a rustic eating bar where 3 generations of children were fed while watching Momma cook.