Backstory and Context
Elias Carr was North Carolina Governor from 1893 to 1897. He was born here in 1839. His parents passed away within four years of his birth, and Carr went to live with his aunt Temperance Williams, his mother's sister. He attended both the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia, but did not obtain a college degree. He then returned to Bracebridge and married his wife Eleanor Kearny, and they had six children. After the Civil War began, he enlisted. After the south’s defeat, it deprived him of his slaves but not his land at Bracebridge. He became known as a scientific farmer and led the region in crop production and in agricultural developments. He became President of the National Farmers Alliance in North Carolina which brought him state and national attention. After his leadership of the National Farmers Alliance, he was elected Governor. After winning the popular vote he then became the 48th Governor of North Carolina. He died in his home in 1900.
Bracebridge Hall plantationBracebridge Hall was originally built between 1830 and 1832. It is a large two story home with over 2000 acres of land. Built originally as a story and half, it was expanded in 1840 with a Greek Revial front. Elias expanded the rear to two stories in the 1880s. There is also a family cemetery nearby where seven generations are buried. The cemetery was close to the original home of Carr's grandparents. His parents Jonas and Elizabeth Jane Carr built this structure in 1830 and named the plantation Bracebridge in tribute to Washington Irving's novel.