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1835 sawmill turned into charming home in the North Carolina wilderness

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The Boone Mill is the oldest remaining sawmill in North Carolina, constructed in 1835 it has been completely updated into a charming home. This rural retreat is located just 10 minutes outside of the city of Greensboro, “which lies among the rolling hills of North Carolina’s Piedmont, midway between the state’s Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains to the west and the Atlantic beaches and Outer Banks to the east,” as stated by Wikipedia.

In 1920 the sawmill ceased operation and for over a decade mill lay abandoned and near ruin. That is until New Yorker Katheryn Pettygrew came across the mill and looked beyond the dusty saws and abandoned mill machinery. She reimagined the entire structure, which now consists of 3,080 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

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Nestled on a private 2.72-acre property, this charming abode features a screened porch that overlooks a waterfall. There is also a modernized kitchen, a new primary bedroom located on the main level, and even a completely renovated guest house.

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In 1935, Katheryn purchased this property and set out to transform this rustic summer abode while preserving and reclaiming as much of the original structure as possible. It took three years to transform the property, which included recycled lumber from nearby crumbled structures and barns. The result is a beautiful home that respects its historical past while being modernized up to today’s standards.

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What We Love: This beautiful sawmill home has timeless details mixed with contemporary amenities for an extraordinary living experience. Described as one of America’s unique historical properties, this unforgettable home was lovingly restored to its full potential for its lucky inhabitants. We are loving this home’s unique history and all of the reclaimed details that are featured throughout. The surrounding property and water feature add to the overall beauty of this charming abode.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall aesthetics and history of this preserved sawmill and guest house? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other spectacular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of North Carolina: Gorgeous European-inspired home with contemporary twist in Asheville and Mountain craftsman home with rustic elegance in Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Above: The kitchen of this sawmill home features granite countertops and spectacular woodsy views.

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Above: The kitchen pantry offers plenty of clever storage for cookbooks, your favorite dishes and a fantastic storage solution for dried goods.

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Above: Old mill machinery was used as decorative elements throughout the living spaces. Old pulley wheels and rollers were repurposed into one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that nod to this home’s storied past.

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Above: Leading up to the private bedroom spaces, the staircase spindles are repurposed plough handles.

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The main house features several original architectural details, which include rustic pine paneling and hand-hewn beams. The focal point of this cozy 900-square-foot living room is the wood-burning fireplace.

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Above: Highlights in this charming bedroom include barn wood shiplap walls and a tin ceiling.

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Above: The guest house features a cozy living room, kitchen, and bedroom with a bathroom. This gabled guest cottage is accessible via a wooden footbridge. It was originally constructed in the late 19th century, used as an outbuilding for the mill. Now it is an idyllic spot for hosting overnight guests. The living room features paneled walls, hand-hewn beams, and a river rock fireplace,

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Above: The guest house kitchen is beautifully appointed with a Sub-Zero fridge and freezer drawers, a dishwasher, and even a Wolf Range.

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Above: Upstairs, the cozy guest bedroom is adorned with white wood paneling and rich wood floors.

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Above: The property includes a historic millpond along with an impressive 13-foot waterfall. Mature growth trees allow for an abundance of privacy, and there is a river that flows through the property, fully stocked with bass, catfish and bream.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy of Zillow

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