Dabney Cosby, builder
Bethania, Forsyth County
SR 1611, Bethania, NC
Images Puslished In:
Gwynne Stephens Taylor, From Frontier to Factory: An Architectural History of Forsyth County (1981).
The Jones house is by far Cosby's westernmost project in North Carolina, lying well beyond his usual range of work. In contrast to some of his works, it is a conservative brick house combining late Federal and Greek Revival elements, with plasterered panels under the upstairs windows in a typical Virginia technique. Cosby encouraged Jones to tell others of his excellent work and why he had hired him to come all the way to Bethania. It is possible that Dr. Beverly Jones, a native of Virginia, was familiar with Cosby's work from Virginia and employed him because of that connection. See the Dr. Beverly Jones Papers, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill. North Carolina and J. Marshall Bullock, "The Enterprising Contractor, Mr. Cosby," (1982) for a detailed account of the project.