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|Note imbricated shingles|
within steep pointed gables.
The house would be more accurately plaqued the "Dill-Snowden House," for builder Joseph P. Dill, who lived here for two years, and for the Snowden residents who called this home for about 60 years.
The 1997 Ruth Little Survey of Beaufort described the house: 2½ -story Gothic Revival with steep pointed front gable; side gables treated with imbricated siding and 2/2 sash. House has plain siding, side bay window and ornate porch with chamfered posts and brackets. This is a rare example of this style in Beaufort.
In May 1893, mariner Joseph P. Dill (1846-1895) purchased this lot from Mary and Henrietta Roberson. Three years earlier, Joseph, son of Samuel Leffers Dill and Elizabeth Ann Roberson, married Jennie McRacken in Smithville, NC; they had one child, Sophia. Joseph died in 1895. Widow Jennie married widower Benjamin J. Bell in 1906 and lived at 306 Ann Street. In 1919, Jennie and daughter Sophia Dill Merwin sold this house to Macon and Helon Snowden.
|Macon S. Snowden 1879-1935|
Originally captain of a merchant ship, Macon owned and operated a hog and sweet potato farm in rural Beaufort. The 1930 Beaufort census found Macon Snowden Sr. 51, Helon 39 and 6-year-old Macon Jr. After Macon died from a heart attack in 1935, at 56, he left 44-year-old widow Helon and 11-year-old Macon Jr; son Ernest had already graduated from the US Naval Academy.
|Ernest M. Snowden|
|Capt. Macon Snowden|
This was home to Helon Snowden for about 60 years. Sadly, in her 80s she suffered from dementia. In her later years, neighbors observed 6'5" Helon daily "raking" the Ann Street Methodist Church parking lot across the street. She was also seen on the rooftop of the house doing repairs. Eventually, her tenants took advantage of her, not paying rent, coming into her home to make long distant phone calls, while also taking many of her antiques. Helon was finally placed in a nursing home in northern Virginia. She was buried in Ocean View Cemetery, Beaufort, next to husband Macon St. Clair Snowden.
Above photo circa 1952/53 - the woman in the center is Helon Palmer McPherson Snowden, widow of Macon St. Clair Snowden Sr.
|Helon and Macon Snowden in the back yard of the Craven Street house|