The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

 Quaker Meadows Plantation

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Quaker Meadows Plantation

The McDowell House at Quaker Meadows, the oldest brick house in Burke County, was built in 1812 by Captain Charles McDowell, Jr. in anticipation of his marriage the following year to his cousin, Anna McDowell of Pleasant Gardens. This restored house of vernacular federal style architecture portrays the history of life in the 19th century and interprets antebellum culture in Burke Country from that era.

Charles McDowell, Jr. created a thriving plantation of over 1500 acres and owned 52 slaves by 1850. Here he and Anna reared their six children and three orphaned relatives, one of which was Harriet Espy who became the wife of Zebulon Baird Vance who served as governor of North Carolina from 1870 – 1874.

Every September 30th, the Overmountain Victory Trail re-enactors gather at the McDowell House to commemorate the September 1780 gathering of patriot soldiers under a giant oak tree known as the “Council Oak” in Quaker Meadows. Here Joseph McDowell and his brother Charles McDowell, the father of Captain Charles McDowell, Jr., along with the other patriots laid plans that led to the defeat of the loyalists under British Major Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the turning point of the Revolutionary War. 

Morganton NC
Distance: 1 hour from Asheville
Address: 119 St. Mary Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655
Telephone: 828-437-4104
Website: The McDowell House
Hours: Sunday 2:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment
Fees: Small admission fee for adults
Allow: 1 hour
Of Note: Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Nearby: Old Burke Co. Courthouse Heritage Museum, Burke Arts Council Jailhouse Gallery, North Carolina School For The Deaf Museum, Senator Sam J. Erwin Jr. Museum
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 100. Turn left onto Hwy. 181 and go two blocks to St. Mary’s Church Rd. Turn right and the plantation will be on the left.






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