Croatan Cottage in Manteo, North Carolina, started life as a Sears Roebuck kit house in the early 1900s called “The Vallonia.” At the time it was described as “a prize bungalow home already cut and fitted” that you could buy for just $1,979. Here’s how it looked in the original catalog:
After the house was delivered in kit form by boat to the Manteo waterfront, it was unloaded and assembled here. This is how it looks today:
A reader named Melody sent me these photos that she took of the house. She says that everyone in their community loves it, and they were excited to see it restored.
The house still has its original light fixtures:
There are 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.
The Sears Roebuck catalogs began to offer house plans in 1895. Between 1908 and 1940, there was a “Modern Homes” division that supplied building plans, materials and kit houses shipped by rail to customers across the country.
Bungalows like this one were among Sears’ best-selling house plans.
Melody tells me, “The board and batten barn is also a beautiful spot and opens up at one end with double doors.”
Local artist Gina Owens paints colorful folk art fish on boards and crab pot floats like these shown on the barn behind the house:
Maybe the best thing about the cottage is that you can rent it for your next vacation. For booking information, visit the The Roanoke Inn. On their website they say the house is just “a short boardwalk stroll from the Inn, and steps away from Roanoke Island Festival Park.”
Thanks to Melody Leckie who took these beautiful photographs and shared them with us. You can see more of them and learn more about the cottage on its Facebook page.
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