The William Coltrane House

The Randolph County Historic Landmark Commission will consider recommending the William Coltrane House in Level Cross Township, county’s oldest frame dwelling, for designation as a historic landmark during a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the second floor meeting room of the Historic Randolph County Courthouse, 145 Worth St. in Asheboro.

The Randolph County Historic Landmark Commission will consider recommending the William Coltrane House in Level Cross Township, county’s oldest frame dwelling, for designation as a historic landmark during a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the second floor meeting room of the Historic Randolph County Courthouse, 145 Worth St. in Asheboro.

The meeting is open to the public, and will include a public hearing on the proposed action. If the landmark commission recommends designation, the recommendation will go to the Randolph County Board of Commissioners for final action.

The Coltrane House was built between 1785 and 1800, and is the only surviving example of an 18th century frame house in the county. With architectural elements unique to the area even in its own period, it is a rare example of the lifestyle of a well-to-do Piedmont farmer in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, says commission Chairman Mac Whatley.

Coltrane, whose parents emigrated from Scotland to Chowan County the 1740s, was a surveyor who obtained land along Polecat Creek in 1760. By the time of Randolph County’s formation in 1779, he was one of the area’s largest landowners and wealthiest men, serving in county offices such as tax collector and deputy sheriff.

His descendants enlarged and modified the house, which remained in the Coltrane family until well into the 20th century, but the core of the 18th century structure remains, Whatley says. Coltrane’s son Daniel moved the family into the milling business by acquiring a grist mill on the Deep River that became known as Coltrane’s Mill.

The Randolph County Historic Landmark Preservation Commission was created by the Randolph County Board of Commissioners in 2008 to serve as the county’s official body to identify, preserve and protect the county’s historic landmarks, and to educate the public about those resources and historic preservation in general. It is headquartered at the Randolph County Public Library.

Since its inception, the commission has designated 21 landmarks, including the 1909 Randolph County Courthouse, the Sunset Theatre, the Pisgah Covered Bridge, Faith Rock and most recently the Asheboro Female Academy.

For more information about the commission and to learn about the sites designated, visit www.rchlpc.org.

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