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Ward Family House, Sugar Grove, NC

Ward Family House - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 97000473, date listed 19970523

. 8018 Rominger Rd.

. Sugar Grove, NC (Watauga County)

. The Ward Family House, the most accomplished and richly-detailed Queen Anne-style frame house in rural Watauga County, was erected about 1897 for Thomas Lucky Ward (1858-1900), a member of the family whose ancestor, Benjamin Ward, Sr., was one of the pioneer eighteenth-century settlers in the mountainous area that became Watauga County in 1849. Over a period of three years beginning in 1897, Thomas Lucky Ward erected the house on a tract of 200 acres, bounded by Cove Creek and the Watauga River, that he received from his father in 1897 The house, built on the south side of the main road connecting Boone, the county seat, with Elizabethton, Tennessee, has been a landmark in the picturesque mountain landscape for nearly a century Ward died in 1900, shortly after completing the house, and it remained the home of his widow, Margaret Catharine (Adams) Ward (1860-1941) and his descendants until 1955; Ward's daughter Bessie Virginia (1898-1992) and her husband, Rufus Marion Ward (1891-1961), a distant kinsman and also a descendant of Benjamin Ward, Sr., left the house for a smaller house on the farm, newly-built on the side of the rerouted Boone to Elizabethton road (US 321). It was sold out of the family in 1974. (1)

. References (1) NRHP Nomination Form

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