One of the most famous historic homes in Faison is the Buckner Hill Plantation, which is one of the largest antebellum plantation houses in North Carolina. Recently restored Buckner Hill House (1855) is still surrounded by hundreds of acres of cotton, corn,tobacco and cattle, provides a rare view of original, mostly undisturbed Greek Revival plantation architecture.
Built by highly skilled African-American labor for the Hill family on the site of their previous plantation house (c.1700s), Buckner Hill House also has Italianate features and an unusual cruciform floor plan with wide halls on both floors crossing in the center of the house. A wealthy physician and landowner, Dr. Buckner Lanier Hill, began the project in the 1850s. The house has undergone very few modifications in its 150-year history.
Original marbleizing, mahogany and rosewood graining, and all of the ornate plaster cornices in the house survive. The frame structure is constructed of centuries-old heart pine from the virgin forests of the New World. Much of the wood for the 1855 house was recycled for use from the previous dwelling, built in the 1700s. The house appears in North Carolina Architecture, which notes when the wide double doors on all four sides of the house are thrown open, the broad passages that meet at the center of the dwelling become a vast interior porch. This area was also used by the family as a ballroom. In June, 2001, filming of a major motion picture concluded at the house for the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (released in 2002). Appointments are required.
522 Taylor Town Road
Faison, NC 28341