Shemuel Kearney House

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Foxx Trotter on December 11, 2007

This house is older than the United States itself, built in 1759. It is the oldest residence in Franklin County, North Carolina. Shemuel Kearney (1734-1808) was one of the founders of the Town of Franklinton, which was established in 1839 and incorporated in 1842. As seen in this photo, the house is in poor condition and in dire need of repairs. The Shemuel Kearney House was saved from demolition in 1996, but the latest owner didn't have the money to do much in the way of renovations. As of December 2007, the house once again stands vacant and is currently up for sale. Due to the residence being on land slated for commercial development, it will have to be relocated. Otherwise, the house will most likely be demolished. The Shemuel Kearney House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

MaryAlice on January 13, 2008

This is fantastic! What a history. I can't believe it's for sale. 1759. Now that is old! I love this. Great Job, Foxx Trotter!

mikeallred on October 23, 2008

neat house, wish i could restore it, i hate to see them torn down.

Foxx Trotter on November 13, 2008

Nothing has been done to it yet. The house still stands empty.

| Timber Wolf | on June 5, 2009

Amazing history on this house, the house itself is amazing! I sure do hope it doesn't get torn down. This thing is practically a gem. If I had the money to do so, I'd very much like to protect historical homes like these.

Greetings, -Kyle

Foxx Trotter on June 6, 2009

Thanks. :0) Currently, the house still stands empty. It's up for sale, but requires relocation.

Dragon Lady on September 9, 2009

The good news is that the house has been acquired by people who will move it to Louisburg and lovingly restore it. It is in good hands and will not end up getting bulldozed!!

enterprisetim on September 26, 2009

The house was built by my great grandfather 8 times back I am a decendent of Shemuel Kearney and his grandson George Ward Kearney was the founder of Franklinton we have a copy of the map of when the house was built and a copy of Shemuel Kearney's will would love to see the house as being put back together and when finished

enterprisetim on September 26, 2009

If at any time I can help with the history of the house and a family tree from Shemuel Kearney to now email me at today's date sept 26 2009

cazwell1 on October 3, 2009

We are the folks who purchased the Kearney House and it was moved today to our property outside Louisburg with complete success. We are very excited about this project and welcome anyone to contact us with knowledge of the family and the house itself. This is a labor of love for us and we hope to share it with many people in the future.

I may be contacted at

Thanks! Jeff

Foxx Trotter on October 4, 2009

I hope to see the home when it's fully restored. In reference to information on the Shemuel Kearney House, your best contact would be Tim Kearney. He was the previous owner of the home. Tim moved to Virginia a couple years ago, possibly around Richmond, but I don't actually know where or who he is living with. Other than him, I'm not sure of anyone else who would have details on the place. I can check through our pictures and stuff at the Chamber building here in Franklinton, but I don't expect to find much.

cazwell1 on October 4, 2009

We will welcome public interest in seeing the home after restoration. We had heard that the previous owner had the surname Kearney and would be most interested in learning more about the family and sharing their interest in the house being preserved for generations to come. We would appreciate you looking through photographs or any source material that might involve the house.


Foxx Trotter on October 11, 2009

I wasn't able to find much, although there is some stuff in storage that I don't have access to. When I visited the house when Tim Kearney was living there, he told me that the shingled siding was imported from Europe and was high dollar during its time. He had a couple older pictures of the house, and there really wasn't much of a difference in the look other than age and weathering to current time. I DO know, which I'm sure you already have an idea, that the front porch was an addition as well as the back section which includes the kitchen. The kitchen area near the back door was in danger of collapsing as a post was holding up the ceiling. I never saw the upstairs section inside, though I'm sure there wasn't much to see. Being over 250 years old, the Shemuel Kearney House has withstood the test of time very well.

SCrocker on December 1, 2009

I have posted another photo of the Shemuel Kearney House as taken in July of this year before the move.

So glad it has been moved and not destroyed?

@enterprisetim My GGG Grandfather was Thomas Crocker. He was born in 1786 and probably knew your relatives. He lived in Franklin County as well and is written into the early history of the town.

Foxx Trotter on December 1, 2009

I'm originally from Upstate New York, so not much for relatives here in North Carolina. :0P

Amanda Deal on June 15, 2010

This is amazing I actually grew up in Franklinton, NC and have never seen this house. When I moved down here in 96 my father bought a house for us, and it happens to be the old cox house, which is a Victorian house (424 e green st.) est. 1889 and I cherish this house we have made a home. When we purchased the house it was unlivable, and now it's home to my family. It's just amazing to see something captured the way you have. Thank you so much for showing interest in our small but thriving town.

Amanda Deal on June 15, 2010

By the way where was the house moved to?

Foxx Trotter on June 15, 2010

Oh yes...I know John & Anne Deal very well as well. Rebecca is a friend of my brother.

The Shemuel Kearney House has been moved to Louisburg. I don't know exactly where though.

Amanda Deal on June 15, 2010

:D I'm Rebecca's 10 yr younger sister. We actually went and tried to look for the house this morning. We went to the tax office and the courthouse to see if we could compile any information on it. No luck, I will deff. keep an eye out for the home! Thanks

Ramin Jamshidi Alash… on December 21, 2011

Hey Foxx, your information concerning the specification and history of this ancient place was so appealing and enjoyable for me, LIKE, Ramin

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  • Uploaded on December 11, 2007
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    by Foxx Trotter
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    • Taken on 2007/05/26 19:37:03
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