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BUILDING HISTORY: Dudley Chadbourn House

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Building History features a pre-civil war home, downtown in the historic district.

Bill and Gail Massey are part of a house that has shared a lot of history in our city.

“The house was original built in 1843 by Christopher Dudley the son of our first elected Governor Edward Dudley who lived across the street,” Bill Massey said.

The story of old homes is the story of change and this house has seen its share

“The original home was apparently built as a two story in the Greek Revival style, and later as the Chadbourn family moved in they decided they needed more room. They literally jacked the roof up and added a third story,” Massey explained.

The house was also changed to the Italianate style which was popular at that time.
The grand home was not always a home to just one family.

“When we bought the home it was six apartments and we wanted it as a single family, so we converted it back to single family,” Massey revealed.

The house you see today was actually two houses. One from a very different time.

“At the end of Second street was a two story, six room slave quarter building, not wanting to lose that building they, put it on rollers and dragged it down here and attached it to the back of the main house,” Massey told us.

Bill and Gail Massey keep the Dudley Chadbourn house in fine shape and inside and out and enjoy sharing its story.

“I think it’s fabulous. It’s great for the imagination to say, I wonder what happened here. We have been part of the history. It’s wonderful living downtown here, it’s so close to everything and people are so friendly,” Massey said with a smile.

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Brunswick vice narcotics officers arrest 8

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Vice Narcotics Task Force made the arrests over the weekend, the sheriff’s office said.

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What tourists need to know before hitting the beach

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Police are keeping a watchful eye on the shoreline as tourists start to take to the beach.

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Area’s jobless rate drops as jobs added

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Wilmington area’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 percent in April from 9.1 percent a year earlier,

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NC group home residents rally at legislature

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Residents in adult group homes and their advocates say North Carolina legislators need to find a solution to ensure residents can keep receiving Medicaid coverage and ultimately remain in their homes.

More than 100 people attending a rally Wednesday outside the Legislative Building in Raleigh urged the General Assembly to find a long-term solution to help several thousand group home residents retain Medicaid-covered personal care services.

New streamlined eligibility standards mean the facilities may not have the money to stay open. The General Assembly located money to supplement Medicaid payments for residents who don’t qualify through the end of June.

Robert Bullock lives at a group home in Cary. He told the crowd he’s going to keep calling and visiting legislators until they do what’s right.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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