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A Real Peach Of A House - in Kinston, NC

It’d sure be fun to learn more about the history of Kinston, North Carolina. When my husband and I were there last week, we found a surfeit of Aladdin kit homes, and yet there in the middle of all these Aladdin Homes, we spotted a Gordon Van Tine #705 in peachy-keen condition!

Later, we learned that this beautiful old bungalow is also a restaurant, known as The Peach House, and better yet, it’s received many rave reviews. When we return to Kinston, I’d love to drop in for lunch!

A little bit about kit homes: In the early 1900s, you could order a “kit home” from the Sears Roebuck catalog. These 12,000-piece kits came with a 75-page instruction book that told the homeowner how all those pieces and parts went together. In addition to Sears, there were other companies selling kit homes through mail-order catalogs, such as Aladdin (based in Bay City, Michigan) and Gordon Van Tine (Davenport, Iowa).

It’s not surprising to find so many Aladdins in this part of the country, because Aladdin had a large mill in nearby Wilmington, North Carolina. Finding a GVT is a bit of a surprise!

Thanks so much to Joni McRae for sharing information on The Peach House and providing additional photos!

We found 19 Aladdin kit homes in Kinston. See the photos here!

You can visit The Peach House website here.

To read about what I found in nearby New Bern, click here.

And there’s Roanoke Rapids, which has a large collection of Aladdin Homes.

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Gordon Van Tine #705

Gordon Van Tine #705 as seen in the 1918 catalog.

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Cool

Model #705 featured four bedrooms, but none of them were very large.

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Now thats a fine-looking house.

Now that's a fine-looking house.

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And there

That is one beautiful house! And the color makes me swoon. Photo is copyright 2015 Joni McRae and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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A historically sensitive addition was added to the homes rear.

A "historically sensitive" addition created extra living space. Photo is copyright 2015 Joni McRae and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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And even though its an über-crummy picture, it shows the OTHER side of this perfect peach.

And even though it's an über-crummy picture, it shows the OTHER side of this perfect peach. (Yes, it's my photo. I thought I had a moment to snap this picture in peace, and then a car turned in just behind me. )

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It was a peach of a house 30 years ago, even though it was plain old white.

It was a peach of a house 40 years ago, even though it was plain old white. Photo is courtesy Joni McRae.

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And you can go inside and have a snack!

Best of all, you can go inside The Peach House and have lunch ! For more information, visit their website at www.peachhousenc.com. The house is located at 412 W. Vernon Avenue, Kinston.

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Last but not least, heres another GVT #705 I found in my Aunt Addies hometown, Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Last but not least, here's another GVT #705 I found in my Aunt Addie's hometown, Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

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This factory in Kinston appears abandoned, and yet its surrounded by a surfeit on Aladdin kit homes. Was this an old mill? Id love to know.

This factory in Kinston appears abandoned, and yet it's surrounded by a surfeit of Aladdin kit homes. Was this an old mill? I'd love to know.

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Thanks so much to Joni McRae for sharing information on The Peach House and providing additional photos!

To read about what I found in nearby New Bern, click here.

And there’s Roanoke Rapids, which has a large collection of Aladdin Homes.

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  1. January 24th, 2016 at 16:26 | #1

    I’m still tickled by the use of the word “chamber” rather than bedroom.

    It always makes me think of a chamber pot. Do you have any idea why that word was used?

    And was it perhaps an indicator of the manufacturer of the home. Love the peachy color.

    I’ll bet many HOAs would not allow such a thing.

  2. Judy
    January 24th, 2016 at 16:31 | #2

    Our house is a Sears house transported by train to Kinston in 1918.

  3. Beth
    January 24th, 2016 at 18:05 | #3

    The last picture was a power plant.

  4. January 24th, 2016 at 18:52 | #4

    @Judy
    Judy, where is your house? My next blog will be on the kit homes of Kinston, and there are many Aladdins, but I didn’t find much in the way of Sears.

  5. January 25th, 2016 at 00:35 | #5

    Thanks for sharing, Rosemary. :)

    Here is an article from 2014 referencing the power plant and its condition.

    With so many awesome things going on in downtown Kinston, hopefully someone will bring it back to life. http://m.kinston.com/article/20140726/News/307269990

  6. Karen Bryant
    January 31st, 2016 at 12:57 | #6

    Want to know if a house I just restored is a custom Sears kit house.

    Kitchen sink is stamped SR 1920 drainboard.

    Original glass bookcase colonnade, doors, hardware, front door with side lights that open, original dining and living light fixtures, and all of these items are found in Sears kit home options.

    Craftsman bungalow on Sanborn Insurance Map, circa 1925.

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