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In what is now the South Park neighborhood, North Carolina governor Cameron Morrison purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land and commissioned the construction of a mansion to sit in the center of the site. The 14,000-square-foot Tudor Revival home and outbuildings were designed by New York architect Harrie Thomas Lindeberg and completed in 1927. Morrison took up residence with his second wife, Sara Eckerd Watts Morrison, and the couple established a farm to serve as a model of advanced agricultural techniques, raising chickens, hogs, and cattle as well as fields of grains, vegetables, and fruits in the hopes that farmers across the state would follow their lead. Though he was often referred to as the Esquire of Morrocroft, Morrison continued to pursue his passion for political life outside the farm. A lifelong Democrat, Morrison was appointed to the United State Senate in 1930 but was unable to get reelected in 1932 after his opponent, Robert R. Reynolds, used Morrison’s wealth against him, asserting that he was out of touch with the needs of his constituents. He was voted into the House of Representatives in 1942 and led the North Carolina delegation to the National Convention of the Democratic Party in 1952. Morrison is best remembered as The Good Roads Governor for his success in securing funds for a massive road construction program. Morrison died in 1953 and the home remained in the Morrison family until 1981. Over time pieces of the farm were sold, until the estate sat on its current 16.5-acre site. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to be used as a private residence.
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