This remarkable structure was completed in late 1820/early 1821 as a residence for local merchant John Fulton, his family, and as a place for boarding young ladies attending the early Salisbury Female Academy (known today as the Dr. Josephus Hall House).
Originally the floor plans of both buildings were nearly identical, with the stairs located on opposite sides of the entrance hall. After Mr. Fulton’s death in 1827, the home was purchased through auction by Fulton’s stepson, Maxwell Chambers, who bequeathed it to Davidson College. Aquilla Jones Mock purchased the home in 1863. A native of Davie County, and a member of the family for whom Mocksville was named, remodeled the home in the then fashionable Italianate style, adding richly scrolled cornice brackets and the bracketed hoods over the windows. It is believed that later members of the Mock family fitted the two-tier porch with handsome fluted columns around the turn of the century. Stage and film actor Sidney Blackmer, a Salisbury native, purchased the property in 1931 at public auction and began another remodel of the home. He and his wife, actress Suzanne Kaaren Blackmer, raised their two sons in the home.
The house suffered a devastating fire in 1984 and sat vacant for nearly 30 years. Historic Salisbury Foundation purchased the property in 2012 and began the cleaning and stabilization process. During the work, early features such as wallpapers and pocket doors were discovered, and missing windows and the back porch were replaced. The house was featured as a work in progress on OctoberTour 2013, and HSF sold the property to the current owners in 2014. The house was featured as fully restored on OctoberTour 2015 and the owners and contractors received an HSF preservation award for their work.