Mrs. Matt W. Ransom House

Variant Name(s):

Ransom-Johnston House



Littleton, Halifax County
Street Address:

116 College St., Littleton, NC





Images Published In:

Henry V. Taves, The Historic Architecture of Halifax County, North Carolina (2010).


The substantial residence of tan brick with a green tile roof was built for Nettie Branch Ransom, the widow of Matt W. Ransom Jr.; the house remains in the family. Mrs. Ransom’s daughter, Martha Ransom Johnston, recalled that a Mr. Elks of Weldon was the architect; Mrs. Ransom initially employed a local contractor but changed to Satterfield upon a friend’s recommendation, and Satterfield subsequently altered the plans (Martha Ransom Johnston to Charlotte Brown, undated, ca. 1981). Construction had already begun when Satterfield took the job to “complete” the house, for the specifications refer to excavation already done and materials already acquired. The specifications also noted existing “original plans,” and stated that the wainscoting in the front hall, for example, would be paneled in a manner “similar to that shown on the original plans” and “very much like in Mr. Haywood’ s home.” The porte cochere was to be “put on as shown on revised plans.” (Charlotte Vestal Brown Papers, Special Collections Research Center, NCSU Libraries).