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Judge C. Ashley Gore

Tickets Available at Trigon, 115 West Main Street, Whiteville, NC (M-F 8:00am - 1:00pm)
Call 910-642-9732 or 910-770-1991 for information.

Turner house
The Turner Home
131 Fuller Street

This house is such a pleasure to live in, both inside and out. It is located on a lovely street with nice neighbors both front and back. It is a 1950s home, with mature trees and nice interior details of that era, including a beautiful stairwell and lovely dining room chandelier. As a designer, I tried to keep the formality of the house in mind. My favorite room is the sunroom; it is cheerful in the morning light and a good place to paint. Painting is a hobby and I have several paintings all over the house. There is also a lot of majolica on the walls and on display as accessory pieces. I have been collecting it for many years. There are four bedrooms and an office, so we have plenty of spread-out room, and we use it when the grandchildren come. We hope you will enjoy the house tour. We had the house on the tour the first year we lived in it. Needless to say, at that time it was a work in progress. Now we feel a little more finished, but a house is always a work in progress, right?

Worley house
The Worley Home
202 Pine Street

Built in 1949 by Richard and Maebell Weaver, this residence is located at 202 Pine Street and has the distinction of being the first home on that street. It was purchased in 2012 by Melanie Capps, who did extensive renovations to the interior and exterior. The current owner, Merle Worley, purchased it in 2015 and has continued to update the property inside and out. She has used family and vintage pieces of furniture to give the home its warm, comfortable feeling.

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The Reuben Brown House
128 East Columbus Street

Floating sounds of dulcimer music and clicking needles will welcome visitors to the historic Reuben Brown House during the 2017 Tour of Homes. The interior will be decorated for the season by members of the Reuben Brown House Preservation Society for the public to view. Bladen County’s John Goodman will fill the house with traditional music while Jean Williamson tells stories through fabric with her exquisite quilting. During shifts throughout the afternoon, Esther Collier, Judy Elkins, Peggy Noble, Grey Phillips, Jane Pruitt and Connie Wilson will demonstrate crocheting, lacemaking, pillow making, embroidery, needlepoint and rag doll making.
The Reuben Brown House Preservation Society is a non-profit county-wide organization formed to preserve and use historic Columbus County buildings and sites including the Reuben Brown House and to promote fine arts throughout Columbus County. The organization invites those who support these interests to consider membership. More information can be found at
Beltz house
The Beltz Home
905 Pinckney Street

The Byrne-Maxwell House - Circa 1867. The property at 905 Pinckney St., Whiteville, N.C., was originally purchased in August 1841 by Richard L. Byrne from Chester Rockwell. Byrne had been appointed U.S. Postmaster of Whiteville Township in 1831. By the time of his death in 1845, Byrne had amassed over 200 acres in north Whiteville. On the 1860 U.S. Census, Byrne’s widow Anna Jane Young Byrne and their seven children were living on various lots along Pinckney St. Richard and Anna Byrne’s children were Narcissa Byrne Smith, Caroline Byrne Haynes, Alphonso Byrne, Mary Byrne Moffett, Eliza Byrne Maxwell, Sophia Byrne and Captain Matthew Alphonso Byrne. After serving in the Civil War, John Henry Maxwell moved to Columbus County to work for the railroad. He met Eliza Byrne, and they married on April 19, 1866. Approximately a year later, they built a home at what is now 905 Pinckney St. on land that Eliza had inherited from her father. This house would be their home until their growing family necessitated a large house, which they built across the street, where BB&T’s Courthouse Branch is currently located. Through the years, Byrne-Maxwell house ownership would change hands at least 14 times. Current owner Larry Beltz purchased the house in 2012 and is striving to preserve and honor its heritage. In February 2017, the Byrne-Maxwell house applied for and received plaque number nine from the Reuben Brown House Preservation Society’s historic landmark program.

Price house
The Price Home
909 Pinckney Street

The home located at 909 Pinckney Street is a Historic house built in the early 1840’s-1850 for a city commissioner by a Ship Captain per historical accounts. There are original logs underneath the home that appear to be hand hewn. The main portion of the home was built around 1841 and the character of this time period can be seen inside and outside of the home as celebrated past. The architectural features distinguish the design: floor to ceiling windows in the front two rooms and an elegant small foyer with original doors, hardware, and windows. Home has original heart pine floors, and plaster walls and ceilings. Much of the original door and window hardware has been preserved as well as the moldings and trim, 15-foot ceilings 2 working fireplaces, and reclaimed wood flooring in the back room from an older home dating from the 1700's. Pinckney Street was very busy during the time the home was built and is located within walking distance of the Court House and across from the Historic Methodist Church. Today, the current owner of the home, Dr. Amy Price, is in the process of applying for a historical plaque and participating in a State of NC Archaeological project to include the home as part of Columbus County history.

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Columbus County Arts Council
822 South Madison Street

The arts council will be open from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. during the home tour.


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