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Historic Greer farm selling at auction

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Greer HomeThe Greer home and farm, an historic, pre-Civil War home and 60-acre farm located one mile south of Petersburg, will be sold to the highest bidder at absolute auction on Saturday, March 23.

Antiques and personal property will also be sold.

The home, completed in 1858, was built by Andrew Greer, son of Joseph Greer, the famous Revolutionary War hero who individually took the message of victory over the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain to the Continental Congress at Philadelphia in 1780. The Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, named in honor of Greer, supports preserving American history, promoting patriotism and securing America’s future through education.

In 1804, Joseph Greer moved to Lincoln County after the death of his first wife. He was a big buyer and seller of land, the first of which was acquired by grant of 2,566 acres with a warrant from North Carolina for his services during the war.

After marrying his second wife, Mary Ann Harmon of Kentucky in 1810, they settled and raised their family at Hannah’s Gap in the Petersburg area. They had six sons and five daughters.

Joseph Greer died in 1831 of pneumonia at age 77. He became ill after traveling through a winter storm getting home from a trading trip to see his newborn son, George. After his death, some 7,000 acres were distributed by will to his heirs.

From a portion of this land, his son, Alexander Andrew Greer, constructed this beautiful piece of history, finishing it in 1858. While living there, he married Elizabeth Ringo Todd of Holly Springs, Miss. The two met when she was spending a summer with her aunts in Fayetteville.

The bricks for this home were made on site at the property. Incidentally, the bricks for the Presbyterian Church building, the oldest church building in Petersburg completed in 1859, were fired at the same time at this home site. Oil, rather than water, was used in the brick making to give a brighter luster to the bricks. Most of the home’s original features have been preserved well, although some work is needed.

Van Massey Auction company will be conducting the auction. For more information about the auction, contact them at 433-8686 or visit the website at www.vanmassey.com.