This historic 1897 Antebellum was built for Captain O. D. Palmer, along with four other Palmer homes, one of which is a museum in New Bern, NC. This beautifully renovated home with over 3100 square feet sits atop a knoll with a commanding panoramic view of hay fields, pine and hardwood forests and a stocked fishing pond. The land is rich in history, from shipping ore down the Deep River during WWII to providing food and shelter for soldiers from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars. This secluded gem provides solitude and nature, farming and recreation, all within 30 to 45 minutes of Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Fort Bragg.
Within this 150 acres of paradise, there are 70 acres of hay fields, 50+ acres of pines and native forest, the Deep River, two creeks, a fishing pond, a newly built hay and equipment barn, a renovated grain barn used as a care takers house on its own services, plus a horse barn with five acre fenced pasture, a work shop with four rooms, two car garage and a recreation room with full bath and partial kitchen.
The original home still stands but has been rebuilt over the years from the floor joists to the roof, which includes a complete renovation in 2005 through 2015 to provide all the modern conveniences with a sleek country home feel. Sit in the Carolina room for morning coffee and watch the sunrise over the trees or enjoy a glass of wine on the front porch, surrounded by beautiful flowering perennial plants and a massive vegetable garden. Graze on blueberries, pick herbs for your tea or pop a sweet snow pea in your mouth. The sunset over the hay fields will take your breath away from almost any room or porch seat, the colors too intense to look away from. Of the three large bedrooms, the master suite faces south along the entire back half of the house where you can open the French doors to listen to the sounds of birds and let the breeze lull you to sleep. Sit in the formal dining room with its exposed beams and fireplace for an elegant evening meal or enjoy a warm fire in the oversized living room, all with many large windows to bring in nature.
For entertainment, play some ping-pong in the recreation room, kayak down the Deep River, and ride horses through the trails along the property or fish for spell in the pond. Try your hand at craft making in the workshop, maybe start a vineyard or plant crops, restore old cars or store hay in the large barn. There is a reason it is called Utopia Plantation.