White Oak, North Carolina
|PLANTATION NAME:||Harmony Hall|
|OWNER:||Colonel James A. Richardson|
Colonel James A. Richardson built his home on a 12,000 acre tract on the Cape Fear River near the village of White Oak. Only one room deep, the house sits on a high basement with double galleried porches on each facade and large double-shouldered chimneys in each gable. Inside can be found four Adamesque mantels and rooms paneled with wide pine boards, some with chair-rails and some with paneled dados and plastering above. The house and galleries are covered by a large gable roof with full attic. This house remained in the Richardson family until 1874 when it was acquired by Daniel S. Tatum. Tatum transferred the title to his daughter Sarah Margaret and her husband N. Austin Layton, Sr. In 1961, Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Layton Jr., of Winter Haven, Florida, deeded the structure to the Bladen County Historical Society
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