Preservation Society to Sell City Landmark

Front Facade, WestThe Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County announces today that the 1869 Camp Patton-Parker House enters the market for sale.  This local historic landmark, owned and occupied by seven generations of the same family, has reached a turning point in its future.

“That future will be secure”, noted Preservation Society Executive Director Jack Thomson.  “When the historic house is sold we will place preservation covenants in the deed that will protect the historic nature of this special place in perpetuity.”

Camp Patton, built in 1868-69 by Thomas Patton after returning home from the Civil War, had previously served as a military encampment for both the Union and Confederate military.  Patton employed African American carpenters to help him in the construction of the house.  The grandson of early Asheville settler James Patton, Thomas Patton later became mayor.

In November of 1894 a group of civic-minded ladies met at the home of Mayor Patton at 95 Charlottes Street to organize support for votes for women.  The next day at a large gathering at the Buncombe County Court House sponsored by Mayor Patton, the North Carolina Equal Suffrage Association was formed and the fight for women’s right to vote was launched in North Carolina.

The 145 year old frame house is formally organized around central and transverse hallways.  A grand entryway of transom and sidelights greets visitors as they enter a center hallway flanked by a formal parlor & dining room and an arched opening leading to a grand stairway. The later additions for a growing family now boast six bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 8 fireplaces.  Romantically sited on 1.23 acres, the Patton Parker House remains as the last of the large open landscapes so close to the City center.

Camp Patton was entered in to the National Register of Historic Places on August 9th, 1982 and became a City of Asheville Local Landmark on March 28, 2000.  “While the national and local designations help with the recognition of this important historic place, they can only delay what may be extreme development pressures in the near future,” Thomson said.  “By privately restricting the house and land, the Preservation Society can ensure a safe future for the Patton Parker House.  This is an important site for Asheville and for the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, which is also a National Register of Historic Places District.  We believe our work helps protect neighborhoods as well as our history and heritage.”

To schedule a viewing of the house, please contact the Preservation Society offices at 828-254-2343.

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