I waited five years to see this grand old home and wasn’t disappointed when I finally made my way here during the winter of 2015. Many of my fellow photographers have shot the interior; it wasn’t an option at the time of my visit, as the house is all boarded up now. Rumors swirl around this house as to its preservation status. I was led to believe that restoration of the property is imminent, though many have told me that this is always “in the works”. Whatever its future, it’s a tangible link to the plantation era in the Piedmont, when large numbers of laborers were required to support self-contained economies. The Nolan family worked this land (as much as 2000 acres) from about 1856 until 1970. A commissary and several outbuildings still dot the plantation grounds; some maintain that a slave cabin exists on the property, though this is apocryphal. The building in question is a tenant house with boards that are clearly not old enough to date to the antebellum era.
The first Nolan home in the area is still standing, as well, though not generally accessible to photographers.