Owned and maintained by The Woman’s Club of Fayetteville, Heritage Square includes three important historical buildings: the Sandford House, built in 1797; the Oval Ballroom, a freestanding single room built in 1818; and the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House, constructed in 1804.
In 1873, former Confederate Captain John E.P. Daingerfield purchased the home. Elliot Daingerfield, John’s son and renowned North Carolina artist, lived here throughout his teenage years. Around 1897, A.H. Slocumb (of Massachusetts), husband of Lillian Taylor (a Fayetteville belle) purchased the home. A.H. Slocumb worked in Fayetteville’s naval stores with the A.E. Rankin Company. Subsequently, W.H. Powell and his family resided in the Sandford House.
The Oval Ballroom
The Oval Ballroom is a freestanding room with octagonal architecture outside and a twenty by thirty foot oval interior highlighted by plaster cornices and pilasters. Originally, the ballroom was an add-on to the Halliday-Williams House that was demolished in the mid-1950s. The Oval Ballroom is an example of Regency architecture.
The Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House, built in 1804, is a 1 1/2-story, five bay, frame house and an example of “regular style” Georgian architecture, perfectly balanced and symmetrical inside and out. “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.
It sits on a brick pier foundation and features a one bay wide one-story porch supported by Doric order columns. 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.