The Eastover Estate Virtual Tour - c. 1934

Eastover, designed in 1934 by Charlotte architect Louis H. Asbury for Hearne Swink, is one of the few examples of Tudor style country house architecture in Rowan County.

Asbury was one of the most prominent architects in the Piedmont of North Carolina, and designed sixteen Rowan County buildings.

The house sits on 26 acres of handsomely landscaped grounds, and features a cast stone Tudor arch entrance and half-timbered gables with carved verge boards. The windows are irregularly placed, their varying size in keeping with the informal character of the country house design of the period. A tall brick fence borders the property, with tall columns featuring the estate name flanking the entrance.

The first floor of the house was designed for entertaining and family activities, with private quarters on the second floor. As one enters the home through the oak front doors, they will find Crab Orchard stone gracing the front entry and a walnut handrail featuring hand-forged wrought iron spindles along the staircase. The living room is particularly impressive, with large windows overlooking the grounds. The first-floor library features raised hard-rock maple paneling throughout and has a bay window overlooking the gardens and patio area. Although the home’s plan is asymmetrical, the organization of the rooms is symmetrical and formally balanced.

After purchasing the home in 1979, the current owner, Joe Wilson, decorated with family pieces, and antiques from the William Doyle Family Gallery Auction in New York City. He has also acquired a sizable collection of Confederate art, including signed pictures of General Stonewall Jackson and General Robert E. Lee, presently displayed in the library.