Perquimans County 
Restoration Association, Inc.


Newbold-White House Furnishings and Interiors

The Newbold-White House, like any home, is in a constant state of change and development.  When the structure was first restored in the late 1970's, a construction date of ca. 1685 was considered accurate, and was used as a target date for furnishing the house with antique and reproduction furnishings and accessories of that very early Colonial period.  More recently, dendrochronology (dating structures through examination of wooden timbers) pinpointed the construction date at 1730.  Although this date was a disappointment in terms of the age of the house (still noted as the oldest documented brick house in North Carolina) it actually provided the Perquimans County Restoration Association with a unique opportunity to re-interpret the house more accurately. 
The 1730 date placed the construction of the house in the hands of Abraham Sanders, a Quaker who moved to Perquimans from Virginia circa 1716 when he married Judith Pritlow, daughter of one of the areas earliest families.  Abraham and Judith purchased the plantation in 1726 and lived there until their deaths.  Three documents from Abraham's final years - his 1750 will, the inventory taken just after his death in 1751, and the subsequent estate settlement which divided his belongings equally among his named heirs -  now provide the inspiration for furnishing and interpreting the house.  
Through this ongoing process of study, research and acquisition, the PCRA Furnishings Committee is working to furnish and accessorize the house with items matching those listed in the will and inventory - from six beds and "furniture" (mattresses, blankets, and linens) down to six old pewter plates and one brass candlestick - to tell the story of Abraham, Judith, their six children and four enslaved workers, and the lives they and other settlers lived in early eighteenth century Carolina. 

Detailed Furnishings Plan
 by Gregory Tyler.

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