the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House
Heritage and Lore
Very soon The Woman's Club will have a more personal history of this home to share with you. Until then, it's important to realize that the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House is an architectural gem with few examples (if any) of its type in Fayetteville.
Please contact us if you have a story or history to share about this historic property.
The Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House, built in 1804, is an example of Georgian architecture, perfectly balanced and symmetrical inside and out. The Nimocks House exhibits a proportional, classical, and "regular" style. "Regular" styles are defined by mathematical ratios (such as the golden mean) that are used to determine every measurement from the floor layout to the width to height ratio of the windows. Georgian Style homes were typically painted red, tan, and/or white if not constructed from brick or stone.
The Woman's Club purchased this home in 1966 and immediately removed the asymmetrical additions to the exterior, restoring the home's intended Georgian grandeur. The club also uncovered the heart pine floors.
New England ship builders often wintered in the south during this time period. Their unique building style probably explains the unusual barrel staircase design in the Nimocks House. In addition, the hand carved cornices, wainscoting, mantels, and hand-punched gouge work are beautifully detailed and typical of the period.
The front entrance features a fan light and the light fixture at the top of the staircase was planned for use in the state capital building if Fayetteville had remained the capital.
The two upstairs rooms feature dormer windows and individual fireplaces.
Regretfully, restoration of the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House has been delayed. The Woman's Club needs your help to continue restoration efforts on this beautiful home.