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William Barnwell House, Beaufort County (501 King St., Beaufort)
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This square house with a wide two-story portico is an excellent example of typical historic Beaufort residences. Built in 1816 as a wedding gift for Sarah Reeves Gibbes by her brothers, and assisted by Philadelphia artisans, it derives its name from her husband, William Wigg Barnwell, a Beaufort farmer and plantation owner. Sarah was the great-granddaughter of famed “Tuscarora Jack” Barnwell, leader of the bloody 1711-1712 expedition against Tuscarora Indians of North Carolina. The three-story white clapboard structure has a two-story veranda across the entire front facing south toward the river. Slender classical columns juxtapose on one another. The house is three bays wide and deep with a central front entrance. The veranda originally faced a formal garden, but that area is now occupied by other houses. The house was formerly located at 800 Prince Street. Listed in the National Register March 24, 1971.

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