Spring Arrives in Marion, North Carolina

Here along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge, the Bradford Pears are the first to show their blossoms. This is especially true in Marion, where these ornamental and showy trees are planted in profusion. Below is the view toward the Black Mountains and Mt. Mitchell.bradford 2

Even though Marion has a population of just over 8,000, the estates and historic homes from the turn of the last century are, alone, worth the visit. A stroll around the business corridor can reveal hidden gems.

verandaThe second floor balcony and the wraparound Veranda make this Mountain Vernacular dowager a site to behold. The wall shows the stone craftsmanship that can be found all over town. After all, today, Marion is the ornamental stone capital of the East, and ships truckloads of finely shaped building rock all over the country. 

montevista 1With a nod to the palatial Plantations of the Old South, this hilltop masterpiece on Montevista Drive is just a short stroll from Main Street uptown.

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The 1880’s architectural frivolity below is on a corner just one block from Main Street. Like many of the historic homes in Marion, it has just gone through a renovation. It’s unique for the large Queen Anne inspired turret above the porch and the triple fanlight dormer in the center. Again, notice the intricate rock wall.marion 1

marion 2The round turret continues on the first floor as a Parlour, and the large porch follows the shape of the turret.

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An intricate wooden fan is above the beveled glass front door. I would find a way to conceal the downspouts that were obviously a later addition.

 

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