John Wesley McElroy House

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John Wesley McElroy House
John Wesley McElroy House is located in North Carolina
John Wesley McElroy House
John Wesley McElroy House is located in the US
John Wesley McElroy House
Location11 Academy St., Burnsville, North Carolina
Coordinates35°55′3″N 82°18′6″W / 35.91750°N 82.30167°W / 35.91750; -82.30167Coordinates: 35°55′3″N 82°18′6″W / 35.91750°N 82.30167°W / 35.91750; -82.30167
Area0.7 acres (0.28 ha)
ArchitectEphraim Clayton
Architectural styleVernacular Federal-Greek Revival
NRHP reference #90001802 [1]
Added to NRHPNovember 29, 1990

The John Wesley McElroy House is a historic house museum in Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina. The vernacular Federal-Greek Revival style house, which was built in the 1840s, is on the National Register of Historic Places.


The 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) house was built by John Wesley McElroy as a mansion for his wife, Catherine. McElroy was a local businessman and lawyer, and a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. During the war, the house was used as a hospital and the headquarters for the home guard. In 1889 the house was purchased by William Moore, a state senator and former captain in the Union Army. Moore's family lived in the house until 1917 and it became the first Post Office in Burnsville. During the 1970s the house was abandoned and fell into disrepair.[2]

The house was purchased in 1987 by the Yancey History Association. The Association restored the building, which was opened as the Rush Wray Museum of Yancey County History in 2003. The museum houses period furniture and exhibits on local history.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Carolyn A. Humphries and Jim Sumner (n.d.). "John Wesley McElroy House" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-07-01.


  • Heritage of the Toe River Valley, Volume II, Lloyd Bailey - McElroy House, Michael C. Hardy

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