Tiny Presidential House

This small house, circa 1795, once was part of the complex of structures at Casso’s Inn, historically a well-frequented establishment in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here Andrew Johnson was born in 1808. His mother was a weaver and his father a hostler (stableman) at the inn. This unassuming wood, 2-story former inn kitchen measures 19’3” x 14’3” and is 24’9” in height. The gambrel roof is shingled; small dormer windows are at front and back, and on the side with no chimney is a tiny 4-pane window. Wooden steps lead to the entrance. The structure has a large double-shoulder chimney.

Photos credits David Hoffman.

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  • Reply karen stafford August 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    do you have more info on this house? price rooms etc,and interior pictures? ty

  • Reply jean August 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    please find some interio pics don’t leave us hanging, wishin—

  • Reply Mary August 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Whats really sad is people with those professions nowadays couldn’t even afford to live in a home like that.

    • Reply Dan August 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

      But people have more choices as to what they want to do with their lives now. Don’t want to live in a small house (with a fat chimney)? Make better career choices. 😉

      • Reply Anna September 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm

        Dan, you live in a dream world. If everyone could be rich by choice, there would be a lot more rich people, I would think.

  • Reply signalfire August 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Great chimney! I too would love to see the inside, especially the hearth. What is it about a great brick or stone chimney that just makes the whole place look inviting?

    If there’s a window up high, there must be stairs in there somehow??

    Anyone know how long he ended up walking lost inside the White House? 🙂

  • Reply emmy tea March 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Career choice? Study hard, get your masters, find a job??? Do you really think it is that easy? There are many people who tried to make a good choice who ended up working at CVS or burger king. Tell me, what was your career choice?

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