North Carolina-Harper House-December 15


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 15

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

On the street I live in Lumberton, NC there sits a home that has Queen Anne architectural features.

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The house is unoccupied and the hope of many in town is one day it would be restored.

The Queen Anne style lent itself to the excesses of the Victorian age with its turrets, oriel windows, and medieval influences. Beloved by lumber barons and railroad maggots alike, many of the largest and most spectacular homes of the early 20th century were built in this style.

The Harper House in Hickory, NC  is considered by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History to possess the “finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state”. The house is pictured below.

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Several notable families have occupied the Harper House.  The Harper Family was the last of seven families to occupy the Shuler-Harper House, as some locals still refer to it.  Daniel Webster Shuler, originally from Michigan and founder of Hickory’s first bank, built the house in 1887.  Photo below shows the home’s staircase.

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In 1923, Finley Gwyn Harper, Sr. (1880-1951), owner of Harper Motor Company, purchased the house from Mrs. Minnie C. Taylor.  The Harper family resided there until December 21, 2000, when Anne McPherson Harper Bernhardt, Lee Corinne Harper Vason, Mary Gwyn Harper Addison, and Betty Banks Harper Shelander—the daughters of Finley Gwyn Harper, Jr. and his wife Mary Banks McPherson Harper—generously arranged its acquisition by the Catawba County Historical Association.

The house is located at

310 N. Center St

Hickory,   NC   28601

The Harper House welcomes visitors as a house museum, interpreting Hickory history through the numerous significant families who lived in the house, and also examining Victorian life in the South, circa 1887, the date of the house’s construction

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