Bridgewater Hall Historic Inn is rich with history dating back to 1781, making it the oldest home in Burke County. The main house has exquisite architecture and is surrounded by rustic trees, rolling hills and a rushing river. As you pull up, you’ll notice the three gables that were added to the house in the 1880’s that now have become it’s trademark.
The main house has seen many addictions, improvements and added details over its 238 year history. Unique, rare features have been preserved inside and out. The floors, windows and doors are all original to the home. As you enter the Inn you’ll notice the hall runs all the way through the home to the back door. This massive hall is what created the Inn’s current name, Bridgewater Hall. It was added in the late 1800’s when the Rust Family occupied the home for 100 years. With no electricity available until the 1920’s, this hall helped the home stay cool with cross breezes downstairs and upstairs while the front and back porches kept some of the direct sun from overheating the rooms.
The interior is decorated in a light, country french style and includes antique European furniture and a eclectic mix of reproductions and designer accents. Entrance to the two downstairs suites, living room and dinning room are all off the grand hall. The back door opens to the original, late 1800’s, two story back porch which leads to a beautiful courtyard featuring stone benches, a copper fire pit and a stone fireplace making it the best kept secret in North Carolina.
Before & After
Since taking ownership of the house, Michael has given it a new roof and painted the exterior. He has also performed various interior renovations bringing Bridgewater Hall back to its original beauty and luster.