Bloom Homestead has a unique and diverse history because of the origins of each of the three current structures.
The Farmhouse. Known as the Houghton-Hassell house, it was built in 1870 by one of the largest landowners in the region — a Mr. Haughton. The property was then purchased in 1890 by a Mr. Hassell, who was the farm manager of a large nearby estate, Greenfield. He added the portico to the front of the Farmhouse to make it look more like the Greenfield farmhouse, plus he added the back section of the current house.
The Cottage. Moved onto the property in 1988 by the Blooms, it was an antebellum farm manager’s house from the region, built in the 1850s. It includes many unique details, such as the exposed ceiling beams in the great room that most likely originally came from an even older structure, or perhaps a ship.
The Guesthouse. Moved onto the homestead by the Blooms in the mid-90s, it was originally a worker’s house located in the Edenton Cotton Mill workers’ village on the outskirts of the town.
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Stories abound about each of the dwellings. And Clem and Suellen Bloom are sure to tell you a few if you visit!