Cicero Pennington Farm, Sturgills Vicinity, NC
The Cicero Pennington Farm, built in 1884, contains a main house and five outbuildings—a springhouse, a garden shed, a carriage house/garage/wood shop complex, a granary, and a livestock barn—that were likely built shortly after the house was completed in 1884. The main house of the Cicero Pennington Farm is a stunning, remarkably intact, and highly decorative example of the Folk Victorian style of I-house with a rear ell that was commonly built throughout Ashe County (and more broadly throughout the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia) between 1875 and 1915. Of particular note is its unusual use of ornately carved flat boards as decorative trim on both the exterior and interior of the house, as well as its extensive use of faux bois treatments on doorways and trim throughout the interior of the house. Both the exterior and interior of the house display an unusually high level of decoration in comparison to similar I-houses in Ashe County, perhaps reflecting the remarkably skilled workmanship of its presumed builder, Cicero Pennington (1847-1928).
The nomination of the Cicero Pennington Farm to the National Register of Historic Places is currently under review by the Western Office of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.