A Charlotte contractor has completed historically sensitive structural repairs to the Revolutionary War-era Hugh Torance House & Store in Huntersville.
The repairs will keep the historic landmark open to the public “far into the future,” said Bill Russell, president and CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, who is chairman of the board of the Hugh Torance House & Store at 8231 Gilead Road.
The Hugh Torance House & Store is one of the few remaining 18th-century structures in Mecklenburg County and is the oldest standing store in North Carolina.
The structure was built by Hugh Torance, a Revolutionary War veteran and dates to the 1770s.
Torance immigrated to the American colonies from Ireland in 1763 and came to Mecklenburg County in the 1770s. He became a successful merchant and planter.
His son, James Torance, opened a store in the original log portion of the house in 1805. and the store became integral to Mecklenburg County backcountry society.
The Hugh Torance House & Store was salvaged and restored in the 1980s by a group of history-minded local volunteers.
A recent inspection by Charlotte-based Andrew Roby General Contractors discovered that structural support repairs were needed because of failure of the main support beam and piers, Russell said Thursday. Chimney, floor and electrical wiring repairs also were needed, Russell said.
Thanks to a grant from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the contractor has completed the repairs. The grant was sponsored by the local Alexandriana Chapter of the NSDAR.
“We simply could not have had the house ready without the support of the DAR and the town of Huntersville, who continue their strong support of our history and cultural heritage,” Russell said in announcing the completion of the repairs.