LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

The most popular images of antebellum life are grand plantation houses — but, as we’ve seen, a tiny fraction of North Carolinians lived in such houses. To get a sense of what daily life was like for a wider variety of people, we’ve developed a slideshow of historic North Carolina houses from the early nineteenth century.

Of course, even the smallest of the houses seen here would have been home to a farmer who owned land — the very poorest houses haven’t survived.

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Photographs of historic houses show the lifestyles of antebellum North Carolina.