John Wheeler House
Murfreesboro, North Carolina
This house was built in 1810 as a store belonging to William Hardy Murfree and George Gordon. However, a shipper from New Jersey named John Wheeler purchased the building in 1814 and made it into his family’s residence. Wheeler was a busy fellow. He married three times and had 19 children. The dining room is the only original brick dependency in Murfreesboro. Wheeler’s son, John Hill Wheeler, was the first native North Carolinian to write the history of North Carolina, and he was also the first U.S. Minister to Nicaragua. The home was restored by the Murfreesboro Historical Association in the 1970s. When you tour, see if you can imagine 19 children running the halls of this building. Can you hear their laughter?
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