Why try “Keeping Up with the Joneses” when you can be the Joneses? Today, one of the most well-known and historic mansions of the South is for sale for $1.249 million. The Dudley Mansion is known for its legendary and lavish parties, thrown by the original Joneses themselves, millionaire rice broker and railroad investor, Pembroke Jones and his wife Sarah.
Built in 1825 by North Carolina’s first elected governor, Edward B. Dudley, the 10,000 square foot extraordinary estate is located in the heart of Downtown Wilmington’s historic district on an acre of gardens with views of the Cape Fear River. The Joneses purchased the home in the 1880s, hosting such distinguished guests as Daniel Webster, and Presidents Woodrow Wilson and William H. Taft.
“The Dudley Mansion is not only a stunning estate, but also a significant landmark in the Wilmington community,” says listing agent Jessica Edwards. “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion recently underwent a complete restoration that brought the property back to the grand stature it was once was, but with the modern conveniences and updates needed for a house of this scale and magnitude. With more than 185 years of rich history, this beautiful property is incredibly desirable for those who appreciate Southern charm and luxurious living.”