Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Owen House and Tea Room in Semora, North Carolina

Semora home of Michael Wall and Janice Elizabeth Owen Wall on Highway 119 in Semora, Caswell County, North Carolina.

"There are still a few remnants of Semora-past. One is the home of Michael and Janice Owen Wall on Highway 119. The house was built in 1897, purchased in 1932 by Colonel Jasper Owen, Sr., and his wife, Ruby, having now been passed down through three generations.

"Colonel Owen and his wife built a Tea Room and Boarding House on the nearby corner lot, later a store, torn down in the 1970s. The building would have been an impressively sized structure in Dutch style. While the Boarding House no longer exists, Michael and Janice are fortunate to have the original architectural drawings.

"Janice reminisces, 'I can remember my granny telling the story of boarding the men that first paved the road from Milton to Semora.'"

Source: Daniel-Upchurch, Angela. "Semora is a Neighborhood Crossroads" in Discover Caswell, Edition Two (2021) [Published by The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, NC)]

Architectural drawings of the Semora Tea Room and Boarding House, built by Colonel Jasper Owen (1886-1956) and Ruby Virginia Groves Owen (1890-1983).

Images courtesy Janice Owen Wall. Click images to see a larger version.

Owen Store and Tea Room

Left-to-Right: Colonel Jasper Owen, Jr. (1921-1967), his wife Janie Clara Stowe Owen (1928-1969), and an unidentified friend.

Rear of Owen Store and Tea Room

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