As was the case with so many grand southern homes, Athol had a noble past, but was looking toward a bleak future. Until John and Steve found it in 2011 — and fell in love with the old girl.
Built in 1836, Athol Plantation was a show place residence perched above the Albemarle Sound, just a few miles from historic Edenton. According to noted architectural historian Thomas Butchko, “Athol is the preeminent illustration of Greek Revival stylishness in rural Chowan County.” It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
When John and Steve purchased it, the previous owner had done some initial renovation — primarily work that kept it from disintegrating. Awaiting John and Steve was the “heavy lifting” — literally.
Not content to simply fix the leaking roof and shore up the foundation, the two men were determined to bring back its glory and add modern amenities like wonderful baths and kitchen, plus completely restore the grounds.
As the restoration was completed, it was time to adorn the old house with the fine collection of heirlooms, art, and antiques from John and Steve’s collection, as well as purchase new pieces for this 4,000 sq ft home.
It is now complete — well, as complete as an old mansion can be; homes like this always seem to remind you that something needs taking care of!
As you can see by the photos on this website, it is a stunning place, suitable for you and your guests to enjoy. Come visit!
I am overjoyed to see such wonderful restoration to this old plantation. I had a lot of beautiful, wonderful memories with family at Athol. My daughter has a brick from the original foundation that came from the basement. — Beth S.