Quaker Meadows

Quaker Meadows
Quaker Meadows, Morganton vicinity (Burke County, North Carolina).jpg
Quaker Meadows (1938)
Quaker Meadows is located in North Carolina
Quaker Meadows
Quaker Meadows is located in the United States
Quaker Meadows
LocationW of Morganton off NC 181, near Morganton, North Carolina
Coordinates35°45′26″N 81°43′15″W / 35.75722°N 81.72083°W / 35.75722; -81.72083Coordinates: 35°45′26″N 81°43′15″W / 35.75722°N 81.72083°W / 35.75722; -81.72083
Area9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built1812 (1812)
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference No.73001298[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 3, 1973

Quaker Meadows, also known as the McDowell House at Quaker Meadows, is a historic plantation house located near Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina. It was built about 1812, and is a two-story, four bay by two bay, Quaker plan brick structure in the Federal style. It features two one-story shed porches supported by square pillars ornamented by scroll sawn brackets. The Quaker Meadows plantation was the home of Revolutionary War figure, Col. Charles McDowell. It was at Quaker Meadows that Zebulon Baird Vance (later American Civil War governor) married Charles McDowell's niece, Harriet N. Espy.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

The house is owned by the Historic Burke Foundation and has been restored to an 1812 appearance. It is open for tours and available for rent.

The owner of the plantation was Joseph McDowell Jr. (1758–1801), who was nicknamed Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell to distinguish him from his cousin Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell (1756–1795). Since Joseph Quaker Meadows McDowell, Jr. died in 1801, the original plantation must have been built during his lifetime.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Survey and Planning Unit (August 1973). "Quaker Meadows" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  3. ^ See individual biographies for the McDowells for references

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