|William Borden House |
|William Borden letter|
The William Borden House is said to have been built, or at least a portion of it, about 1768* by William Borden Jr., son of a Quaker shipbuilder from Rhode Island who arrived in 1732 aboard his schooner and settled in Mill Creek, just north of Beaufort, where he built a shipyard and sawmill; he became the largest land owner in the area, including Bogue Banks, noted on early maps as “Borden’s Banks.”
*The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Summer Field Study noted: "If originally built about 1768, parts of a one-story frame are embedded in what appears to be an early 19th-century house that was altered significantly in terms of plan and fenestration in later decades of the 19th and early-20th centuries."
|Belcher Fuller House circa 1851|
Between December 1984 and April 1985, Ed Turberg prepared the Federal and State rehabilitation tax credit applications for the William Borden House, 305 Front Street, and the Belcher Fuller House (Fuller-Thomas House), 301 Front Street, for Suzanne E. Osburn, partner of Beaufort Inn Associates. At that time a small photocopied folder of sketches was given “For the Beaufort ‘Inn’ Crowd’—Best wishes from the thumb-nail of Ed Turberg.”
|Belcher Fuller House |
"The Cedars" was owned and operated by Linda and Sam Dark from 1996 until 2006. More recently, both of these houses have been sold separately, to new owners who continue to operate them as lodging for visitors.