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Carter, John Waddey, House - Martinsville, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 36° 41.317 W 079° 51.937
17S E 601344 N 4060930
Quick Description: This Queen Anne style home was built in 1896 and is one of the most recognizable buildings in Martinsville.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 11/3/2007 5:14:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM2H24
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 42

Long Description:
John W. Carter was born April 14, 1860 in the Horsepasture Community of Henry County, Virginia. After attending local public schools he graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and later obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Following his graduation from the University of Virginia he returned to the Henry County area where he became on of the areas most prominent and successful lawyers. In 1896 he built this home on East Church Street and married Mary Kizziah Drewry, who was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Henry M. Drewry.

Mr. Carter was an active member of the Democratic Party and served as Mayor of Martinsville and later served as commissioner of accounts for Henry County.

Following John and Mary Carter’s death the property passed to their daughter Ruth Carter Whitener who lived in the house until her death n 1987. Following her death the house was purchased by the Rives Brown Company, which is today using it as the headquarters for their Real Estate Company.

A sign near the entrance to the home details the history of the home:

CIRCA 1896
“This beautiful Queen Ann residence was built in 1896 by John W. Carter as a wedding present for his young bride, Miss Mary Kizziah Drewery, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Henry M. Drewry. Referred to as ‘The Grey Lady’, the dwelling is a textbook example of the Queen Anne Style possessing typical features of irregular composition, mixture of materials and surface use of Eastlake ornamentation. Conspicuously located on one of Martinsville man thoroughfares, the house was appropriate for a prominent and prosperous lawyer and his young wife.“
Street address:
324 East Church Street
Martinsville, Va. United States

County / Borough / Parish: City of Martinsville

Year listed: 1988

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture, Engineering

Periods of significance: 1875 - 1899

Historic function: Domestic Dwelling

Current function: Commercial, Business Office

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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