The John Knox House c. 1871

The Historic John Knox House is a lovingly restored Italianate Victorian with a focus on quality and attention to detail.

The architectural style was introduced into Salisbury during the first decade of the post-War Reconstruction Era. This two-story slate-roofed home offers a main façade with stately one-story bay featuring rounded arched windows and functional shutters at wavy glass windows. The interior had been divided into apartments in the 1970s, but today this restored home boasts original millwork and mantels, 12-foot ceilings, deep crown moldings, built-in cabinets, heart-of-pine floors, and original wood windows with rounded sashes. All five oversized fireplaces are surrounded by custom mantels.

The architect-designed kitchen is a nod to modern lifestyles, blending with the historic character. The breakfast nook/sunroom is banked by an array of windows that overlook the patio, gardens, and brick walkways.

At the back entrance, a pair of outbuildings act as the gateway to the rear entry. One of the slate-roofed structures is purported to have been servants’ quarters (an extremely modest one-room dwelling with a tiny fireplace). The original well is here and another small one-room structure. The two single-room structures feature original beadboard walls and ceilings. Note the original 1871 granite fence posts around the property!