Wood Lawn (Mount Mourne, North Carolina)

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Wood Lawn
Stinson Hall, Woodlawn School.jpg
Woodlawn, after renovation in 2003
Wood Lawn (Mount Mourne, North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Wood Lawn (Mount Mourne, North Carolina)
Wood Lawn (Mount Mourne, North Carolina) is located in the US
Wood Lawn (Mount Mourne, North Carolina)
Location SR 1138, near Mount Mourne, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°31′5″N 80°50′5″W / 35.51806°N 80.83472°W / 35.51806; -80.83472Coordinates: 35°31′5″N 80°50′5″W / 35.51806°N 80.83472°W / 35.51806; -80.83472
Area 14.3 acres (5.8 ha)
Built 1836 (1836)
Architectural style Greek Revival, Federal
MPS Iredell County MRA
NRHP reference # 80002866[1]
Added to NRHP November 24, 1980

Wood Lawn, also known as Woodlawn, is a plantation house built in 1836 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located near Mount Mourne, Iredell County, North Carolina 1-mile (1.6 km) north of Davidson, North Carolina, the house was built about 1840 and is a fine example of the Federal-Greek Revival style of architecture often built in the Piedmont area during this period. The house was built by Dr. George Washington Stinson, one of the first trustees of Davidson College, which was founded in 1837.[2]


The original structure consisted of 8 rooms (each with its own fireplace and mantle) on 2 levels off center hallways. The ​2 12-story staircase features a walnut, spiral-turned handrail believed imported from Charleston, South Carolina. Tradition relates that Dr. Stinson's home was popular among the Davidson College students, not only because he had several eligible daughters, but also because he permitted square dancing, which was strongly discouraged by the Presbyterians of the day. Stinson was a member of Centre Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife are buried. Their son, Edgar Burett Stinson, graduated from Davidson in 1856, fought in the Civil War, and then returned to the family home where he later died. The house remained in the Stinson family until the twentieth century.[3]

In 1981, an upstairs bathroom was installed, heat pumps were placed into service, and the front porch was restored. In 1985, a significant, architecturally compatible addition was made to the back of the house. This included a kitchen and breakfast area, bathroom, and wraparound deck. The nearby carriage house was also constructed at this time, and a potting shed was finished in the early 1990s.

In 2002, the house and its 61-acre (250,000 m2) parcel were purchased for use by a new independent, private school - Woodlawn School. One year later, the house was renovated to serve as the school's administration building, and was dedicated as Stinson Hall, in honor of its builder.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Laura A. W. Phillips (February 1980). "Wood Lawn" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  3. ^ Woodlawn School - Historic Woodlawn House