Wood Lawn (Mount Mourne, North Carolina)
Woodlawn, after renovation in 2003
|Nearest city||Mount Mourne, North Carolina|
|Architectural style||Greek Revival, Federal|
|MPS||Iredell County MRA|
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|Added to NRHP||November 24, 1980|
Wood Lawn, also known as Woodlawn, is a plantation home built in 1836 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located 1-mile (1.6 km) north of Davidson, North Carolina, the house is a fine example of the Federal-Greek Revival style of architecture often built in the Piedmont area during this period. The house was built by Dr. George Washington Stinson, one of the first trustees of Davidson College, which was founded in 1837.
The original structure consisted of 8 rooms (each with its own fireplace and mantle) on 2 levels off center hallways. The 2 1⁄2-story staircase features a walnut, spiral-turned handrail believed imported from Charleston, South Carolina. Tradition relates that Dr. Stinson's home was popular among the Davidson College students, not only because he had several eligible daughters, but also because he permitted square dancing, which was strongly discouraged by the Presbyterians of the day. Stinson was a member of Centre Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife are buried. Their son, Edgar Burett Stinson, graduated from Davidson in 1856, fought in the Civil War, and then returned to the family home where he later died. The house remained in the Stinson family until the twentieth century.
In 1981, an upstairs bathroom was installed, heat pumps were placed into service, and the front porch was restored. In 1985, a significant, architecturally compatible addition was made to the back of the house. This included a kitchen and breakfast area, bathroom, and wraparound deck. The nearby carriage house was also constructed at this time, and a potting shed was finished in the early 1990s.
In 2002, the house and its 61-acre (250,000 m2) parcel were purchased for use by a new independent, private school - Woodlawn School. One year later, the house was renovated to serve as the school's administration building, and was dedicated as Stinson Hall, in honor of its builder.