Currituck Co., N.C. Houses
Caleb Bell Home and "Quarters Kitchen"
Located on Snowden Road near Snowden. Present owner is Mrs. Marie Stephens Ballance. Mrs. Ballance says four generations of the family have lived there--Caleb Bell, his son, Haywood Bell, Haywood Bell's daughter, Betty Bell, who married Stephens, and Marie Stephens Ballance, who married Clarence Ballance. The beaded English siding is intact and is in excellent condition. Also note the door by the side of the chimney. The windows are the three-row upper sash type. The original wide flooring, mantel, and panels are all as they were, beautifully preserved.
|The "quarters kitchen",
back of the manor house, is still intact and used as a wash house.
Note the marine lap siding. Another "quarters kitchen", still
standing, has been converted into a garage. The pictures shown were
taken some years ago, but the buildings remain just as they were then.
The only difference being in the size of the shrubbery, now a great deal
[Photo taken by the late J. Howard Stevens who wrote Albemarle, People and Places]
UPDATE 2/23/2006 from
Anne Jennings: The
Caleb Bell Home and Quarters Kitchen are still standing but may not be in
the not so distant future. The home is reported to be rented out and in
deplorable condition. The former Sammy Williams farm which meets
the property on the south has been sold to developers. A paved road has
been built and subdivision laid out with lots now being offered for sale.
Part of a letter written in 1957 to Alma O. Roberts by Margaret Bell
Margaret Baxter Bell (b. 22 Apr. 1878 at Indian Ridge, Currituck County) was the daughter of Joseph Etheridge Cartwright Bell (b. 16 May 1843 - d. 27 July 1906) and Josephís third wife, Mary Adelia (Mamie) Baxter (b. 31 Oct. 1864 - d. 10 Dec. 1907).
There is a story that I have heard told about the Caleb Bell Home during the Civil War. Supposedly, Union soldiers were marching down the road toward the Caleb Bell house. As they approached the lane leading up to the house they were met by a boy scarred by smallpox who warned them not to approach the house because all inside were sick with smallpox. Because the boy was marked by the scars of the disease, the soldiers believed his story and did not approach the house. It is supposed that this may have been the only reason that the house was not burned by Union soldiers during the war. I have yet to find written information to support this story, but it probably exists. In light of the contents of Mrs. Stoverís letter, I think the story is very plausible. It is a story that may have been repeated on other plantations during the period of the Civil War.
For more information about this Bell family of Currituck, see the Branson Bell Home.
These photos and information are from the project "Old Homes in Currituck County to 1860" originally compiled June 1960 by Alma O. Roberts and Alice Flora of the Currituck County Historical Society. We are indebted to Barbara B. Snowden, president of the Currituck County Historical Society for permission to reproduce this collection on the internet, and also to Gerri Andrews and Diane Ferebee of the Currituck County Public Library who provided digital copies of the photos. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes; however, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.
© 2005 Marty Holland