WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The historic Dudley Mansion is back on the market.
The home, located at 400 South Front Street, has been listed for $1,249,000.
The house, built in 1825 by North Carolina's first elected governor, Edward Bishop Dudley, is possibly best-known for its other owners, Sarah and Pembroke Jones, a railroad investor. Southern folklore suggests that the term "keeping up with the Joneses" was coined after that couple, for the lavish parties they hosted at the house, entertaining presidents and the Vanderbilts.
Most recently, parties at the house created controversy in the community. The Picketts, who purchased the home in 2005, famously feuded with neighbors over renting the property for weddings and other events. Residents complained of loud noise.
The City of Wilmington took the owners to court and a permanent injunction was ordered for the events to stop. At the same time that the Picketts fought the city and neighbors, the family was also fighting foreclosure.
"The Dudley Mansion is not only a stunning estate, but also a significant landmark in the Wilmington community," said Edwards. "Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion recently underwent a complete restoration that brought the property back to the grand stature it was once was, but with the modern conveniences and updates needed for a house of this scale and magnitude. With more than 185 years of rich history, this beautiful property is incredibly desirable for those who appreciate Southern charm and luxurious living."
The home is 10,000 square feet, including five bedrooms and two apartments. It's on an acre of property that has a view of the Cape Fear River.