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East elevation, Williams-Bryant Log House, Randolph County, North Carolina

Williams-Bryant Log House (Richland Township, N.C.)
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Item information

Title:
East elevation, Williams-Bryant Log House, Randolph County, North Carolina
Topics:
Architecture
Subjects:
Cabins (Houses)
Elevations (Building divisions)
Original Format:
Measured drawings; scale: undetermined; 483mm x 610mm
Item identifier:
bh030705202
Delineator:
Created Date:
Created Date:
Description:
The cabin now known as the Williams-Bryant Log House was first owned by Solomon Williams in Richland Township, Randolph County, NC. The Williams family owned a sawmill, and all the logs in the cabin were milled by Solomon and his father, John Williams. For the home's stonework, Solomon Williams hired stonemason Richard Suggs, a former slave who became his friend and employee. Williams was a Quaker who was anti-slavery and a pacifist, who did not fight in the Civil War and helped out local African Americans. Richard Suggs inscribed a chimney stone with his and Williams's names, along with the construction date, 1849. The log house was inherited by Solomon Williams's grandson, B. H. McCarn, who later sold it to the Bryant family. The Bryants dismantled the structure piece by piece, numbered each log, and moved it to Asheboro in 1969, where they rebuilt it in their backyard. They had the reconstructive stonemason place the inscribed chimney stone at a lower position, so Richard Suggs and Solomon Williams's names could be better seen.
Genre:
Architectural drawings
Location:
Randolph County (N.C.)
Digital Project:
Built Heritage

Source information

Repository:
Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries
Collection:
Historic Architecture Research. Project Records (UA110.041) held by
Note field:
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Rights:
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Funding:
Digitization of this image was partially supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Building:

Built:
State:
North Carolina
Provenance note:
Solomon Williams, first owner; B. H. McCarn, Williams's grandson, second owner; Walter and Vivian Bryant, twentieth century owner
Architectural note:
The stone work in the cabin was done by stonemason Richard Suggs, a former slave who Solomon Willliams befriended and hired. Suggs inscribed a chimney stone with his and Williams's names. When the Bryant family moved the structure, they had the reconstructive stonemason place the stone lower where it could be more visible.
Historical note:
The third owners of the property, the Bryants, dismantled the structure piece by piece and moved it to Asheboro in 1969.
Location:
Randolph County (N.C.)
Subjects:
Houses
Housing, Single family
African Americans -- History
Freedmen
African Americans -- Employment
Log cabins

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