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Front view, Orton, Brunswick County, North Carolina

Orton (Brunswick County, N.C.)
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Front view, Orton, Brunswick County, North Carolina
Greek revival (Architecture)
Plantation houses
Original Format:
Color slides
2 x 2 in.
Item identifier:
Architectural photographs
Brunswick County (N.C.)
Orton Plantation (N.C.)
Digital Project:
Built Heritage

Source information

Preservation North Carolina
Preservation North Carolina Historic Architecture Slide Collection, 1965-2005 (PNC slides) held by Preservation North Carolina
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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: Orton (Brunswick County, North Carolina)

Provenance note:
The brick house of Roger Moore, first owner, is believed to be the core of the present structure. The house was owned by Benjamin Smith (Governor of North Carolina) in the early nineteenth century, and by Dr. Frederick Jones Hill in 1826.
Architectural note:
The Doric porticoes added by Dr. Hill in the mid-nineteenth century are rare for domestic structures in North Carolina, and the house is considered an icon of Old South architecture.
Historical note:
Orton is the only surviving plantation along the Lower Cape Fear River, and initially produced naval stores and rice. The house was renovated as a hunting retreat by Kenneth Murchison Sr. after the Civil War. The Colonial Revival wings were added after Murchison's death during a later renovation by his daughter, Loula Murchison Sprunt, her husband, James Sprunt (civic leader and historian), and his son Kenneth M. Murchison Jr. (architect). The rice fields have been transformed into a bird refuge and the grounds include gardens designed by Robert Swann Sturtevant. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Brunswick County (N.C.)
Housing, Single family
Historic buildings
National Register of Historic Places
Brick houses
Doric (Architectural style)
Architecture, Domestic
Southern colonial style (Architecture)
Architecture, Colonial
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Plantation houses
Hunting lodges
Bird refuges
Buildings -- Additions
Colonial revival (Architecture)