Bracebridge Hall was home of Elias Carr, the 48th Governor of North Carolina and a well known farmer. It is now a private residence, still in the family in Edgecombe county and may be visited by appointment.
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 plantation