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Old 03-27-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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There was a large home on the corner of New Hope and Buffaloe, often had horses in the front yard. This old home always looked perfect for a Texas Chainsaw massacre remake in my opinion. Alas a few days ago it was no more. I was passing and there was a little smoke coming from a pile of remnants, but it did not look like the house burned down, as the trees and surrounding buildings were fully intact. Anyone know what happened and/or what is planned for the land?
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Old 03-27-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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Well, My daughter was driving by it as the fire dept was trying to put it out. I forget what day last wk it was. I asked her if it looked like a controlled burn, she said not from where she was on New Hope but she couldn't be certain. She and I were upset to learn of this.

The house and land was once part of the Buffaloe family - hence Buffaloe Rd. They were related to the Bartholomew family of New Hope Rd. They farmed and owned a lot of the land in this area including the old Bartholomew farmhouse with front porch on New Hope at Live Oak Rd, next to Hedingham. In '86 I remember the farmland was barely used, and a few yrs later it was sold for Hedingham or at least part of it.

The house that burned was very old had a lot of history; I'd be stunned if they had decided to burn it. The last I heard, the adult niece of the original owners who died many, many yrs ago, still owned it. She didn't live there.

I have been in it a few times. My oldest daughter as a teen, was friends with the son of the folks who were the caretakers. They lived their while fixing it up, and took care of Billy, the son of the owners who had died. Billy was elderly and handicapped; as a child he was playing with a shotgun and shot himself in the head. It was amazing he survived, but he had some brain damage and so couldn't live alone. He was the sweetest man, we all loved him. The house really needed upgrading but the style was very interesting. It had very steep back staircase and front staircase. There was a section at the rear that I think had been added on over years. It has some nice finishes inside including the parlour fireplace. I think when it was built it was considered rather posh. There was also a lot of antiques in the house when I used to visit it. It was like time stood still. Old family photos that I think were turn of the last century - my memory is a little rusty.

If you've been in the area a few yrs, you might remember Billy used to sit out under the shade tree with a sign, "Pecans 4 Sale". That was his income. He was very proud of doing this, it was quite an achievement considering he had the mental age of a young child.

I have vague memories of the niece telling me that the house was either used as a orphanage or the parents of Billy took in orphans - I think it was the later. This had to be around 1920? Using Billy's age in '86 as a gauge.

Hope the tree survived, it was very old, it sat on the Buffaloe side of the house. I have other personal memories of the house and residents so feel sad to see it go.
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I'd be stunned if they had decided to burn it.
Well I hope you're sitting down. It was, in fact, used for training and was allowed to burn down at the end of the day.

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Old 03-27-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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Under PSI - thank you for sharing, I've sent this to my daughter. I know she will be even more sad to hear this. I just cannot believe someone would do this to a home that had been in their family for so long. I know at one time it had termites....maybe the damage was more extensive than I was aware of?
Thanks again
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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Do you know what is going to happen to the horses and the land?
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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Sorry, don't know what will happen to them. I thought they were boarded horses, I was not aware of the family owning them but don't know for sure. I think they are still there?
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Old 04-28-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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Yes, I still see the horses, but they torn down one of the barns (well, it was close to falling down). I don't see any new construction for shelter, etc. I wondered if they were going to continue having horses there or move them and use the land for something else -- a ubiquitous drug store -- or townhomes, etc.
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Old 04-28-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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If I hear more, I'll post an update. I no longer know the owner so it's unlikely. I sure hope they won't put a gas station or something like that there. I've seen that done so many times around here...I'm tired of seeing open land filled with ugly bldgs
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