Cary News: Opinion

Historic spots lauded in Morrisville, Apex, and Fuquay-Varina

Three area homesteads – in Apex, Fuquay-Varina, and Morrisville – were recently recognized for their historic landmark status by Wake County.

During the annual Wake County Preservation Celebration May 6, historic plaques were awarded to the Williamson Page house in Morrisville owned by Mary Jo Ferrell and DH Lumley; Seagroves Farm in Apex owned by Bill Cotton, and the Zeb and Lorena Atkinson House in Fuquay-Varina owned by Richard and Jeanne Robinson.

The historic preservation celebration is sponsored by the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission and Capital Area Preservation, Inc.

The Atkinson House, 6325 Whitted Road in Fuquay-Varina, is a two-story transitional Queen Anne-Colonial Revival home. Significant architectural features include a five-sided corner tower with conical roof and hipped dormers with latticed Palladian windows, according to the Capital Area Preservation’s website.

Hollins Atkinson, a popular baseball player from the area, lived in the home, according to Wake County Historic Preservation meeting minutes.

The Seagroves Farm, at 1617 Ten Ten Road, is an intact turn-of-the-century tobacco farm complex that shows the architecture and farming practices of the 20th century. The house retains its original form, plan, decorative details and building materials, according to the Capital Preservation’s website.

Seagroves Farm is now the offices of Cotton’s custom homebuilding business.

The Williamson Page House, 116 South Page Street, Morrisville joined the county’s historic landmark list in October 2011.

The Williamson-Page House built in 1830 is that of a two-story I-house with a two-story rear wing. Its symmetrical, three-bay façade is spanned by a hipped-roof porch. It is one of only six houses in Wake County with front porches decorated with creative assemblages of locally-produced millwork, according to the historic preservation groups.