Open house under way at historic home

Staff Report

Area residents have the opportunity this weekend to get an up-close look at a key historic site locally, the Edwards-Franklin House built in 1799.

An open house is being held there Saturday and Sunday by the Surry County Historical Society. The hours are 1 to 5 p.m. both days.

A volunteer will be available to discuss the history of the house, and it will be available for touring.

After being built in 1799 by Gideon Edwards, it later was occupied by congressional representative Meshack Franklin, brother of North Carolina Gov. Jesse Franklin, who served in the 1820s. The house was restored by the historical group in 1973.

In addition to going through the structure itself, visitors may tour the family and slave cemeteries during this weekend’s open house.

Admission is free.

The Edwards-Franklin House is located at 1432 Haystack Road.

Staff Report